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How Toxic Employees Can Keep You Out of Trouble

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Avoiding a toxic hire, or letting one go quickly, delivers $12,500 in cost savings. A Harvard Business School study of more than 60,000 employees found that “a superstar performer–one that models desired values and delivers consistent performance” brings in more than $5,300 in cost savings to a company. Amazon is known for its demanding work environment and because of this, all employees […]

Business Owners Don’t Confront Workplace Harassment at Their Peril

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The threat of a workplace or sexual harassment claim, makes most business owners shudder. And the thought of having to handle one is a sure-fired way to feel a spike in your heart rate. It’s so much easier to not think about the possible existence of these issues in your workplace, to be deluded by a dangerous complacency. Consider this. […]

How Work-Life Balance Limits You from Moving Forward

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Chris O’Neil CEO of Evernote, masters work-life balance. He makes a list every night, stays fit, blocks out his workweek by theme and listens to his children. How does all this magic happen? Where are the children when he is at work (or the gym, or on the road, or sitting serenely in a meditative state on a pillow)? When […]

The Truth of On-boarding a New Employee. Dare to Try it

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6 months. This is how long it takes for a new employee to decide to stay or go, says a study by Deloitte. Think about the time you have spent writing the job description, posting the job, sourcing candidates, interviewing and hiring. Therefore, you certainly want a return on your investment for having spent so much time and effort finding […]

If You Read One Article About Absenteeism at Work Read This One

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Whenever an employee working for you is away from work due to illness, it’s often causing some degree of frustration.  Because unexpected absences, can be detrimental to the productivity and efficiency of your operations. Furthermore, there are direct costs associated with paid sick leave or other benefits. And there is also the cost of other employees working overtime to complete […]

If You Read One Article About Absenteeism at Work Read This One

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Whenever an employee working for you is away from work due to illness, it’s often causing some degree of frustration.  Because unexpected absences, can be detrimental to the productivity and efficiency of your operations. Furthermore, there are direct costs associated with paid sick leave or other benefits. And there is also the cost of other employees working overtime to complete […]

Is A Nonconformist Employee Working For You?

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Is a Nonconformist Employee working for you?  Difficult employees in the office can cause significant workplace conflict.  There is a wide variety of difficult employees. In this article we will discuss three of the most common: the drama queen, the victim and the nonconformist employee. There are characteristic behaviours to what is also called the “toxic employee”. Toxic employees are […]

You Don’t Need To Be a Large Multinational Business to Retain Top Talent

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Every entrepreneur knows that the team he or she builds is the backbone of their business. Without great employees you cannot have a great business.  When you are a small business without the cash to find and retain top talent, how do you find and keep the stars that you need? Let me show you how you can attract and […]

Overview of Employee Assessments

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In many organizations, personnel costs are among the largest budget line items. Given the top challenges facing CEO’s, organizations need their leaders, managers, and people aligned and working together at the highest levels of performance. This overview of employee assessments shows how this tool is important in addressing this challenge. Employee assessments can give organizations and managers consistent, in-depth, and […]

HR Planning and Diagnostics

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HR Planning and Diagnostics in a few words: Get Your HR Ducks In A Row Many of my clients have been asking for people diagnostics as part of HR planning and diagnostics.  I’ve been busy recently examining in detail the problems faced by the organizations, to identify factors that are causing the problems.  Next, I will gather the information to decide […]

Lessons on Company Culture for Small Business

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Company culture has been an overused concept in recent years, but it remains a key tool in providing productive meaningful work for your employees. And among company culture models, a culture of innovation is proven for fuelling growth. So how do you create a good company culture when you are a small business? Many business owners pay lip service to […]

Can’t Get Your Skills Recognized In Canada?

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Bill was an expat from London (England).who graduated from the top Finance school in London. When he emigrated to Canada in 2012, he had a hard time having his skills recognized. He had always had lots of job offers and was coveted by employers back home but now that he was in Canada, people didn’t want to have anything to […]