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Tips and Tricks From HR Experts

3 Key Items You Need to Include in an Employment Agreement

Darcy Michaud, CHRL - Aug 31, 2018 1:45:00 PM


All of us have likely read an article that outlines what should be included in an employment agreement.  However, many such articles do not explain ‘why’ it is important that certain items or terms be included in an employment agreement to make it most effective. For the owner or operations head of a small or mid-sized business, it is critical that you understand ‘why’ certain conditions are needed in a contract to allow you to effectively and properly implement and enforce the terms.

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Topics: Industrial Staffing, HR Management, HR Law, Employment Contract, Hiring

Finders Keepers: 5 Ways to Retain Top Tech Talent

Ashley Wesley - Aug 2, 2018 8:31:00 AM

 

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Have a strong magnet for your IT retention plan or run the risk of your new hire being pulled off to another company.

 

Finders keepers, loser weepers – or so the saying goes – but in the world of IT recruitment, you won’t just be shedding tears if a new hire runs for greener pastures. You’ll also be losing thousands of dollars in training costs, not to mention burdening yourself with a new recruitment cycle to replace them.

When you find that ideal tech recruit, you need to have an ongoing plan to ensure they stay at your company. There are plenty of recruiters actively trying to poach your talent from you, so stay safeguarded by implementing the following strategies into your retention plan:

 

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Topics: Retention, IT Recruitment, Tech Talent, HR Management

Fundamentals of Performance Management

Darcy Michaud, CHRL - Jul 16, 2018 4:33:00 PM

 

When an employee is absent from work, you have to ask yourself "Why?" as each reason is not equal, and some reasons should be protected from disciplinary action.

I have always maintained with employers, employee groups and unions alike that the first essential expectation of employment is acceptable attendance. You can be the very best at what you do, however if you are not in the workplace to carry out your functions, your skills and capabilities are essentially of no value. As much as high absenteeism costs employers in the way of lost production, sick time costs, overtime costs, poor workplace moral, etc., it amazes me how very few employers have an appropriate attendance management program in place.

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Topics: Industrial Staffing, HR Management, HR Services, Employee Absenteeism

The Value of Employee On-Boarding

Ashley Wesley - Apr 9, 2018 2:45:00 PM

Small and mid-sized businesses have numerous similarities as it relates to HR.  Most companies do not have an HR professional or an employee dedicated to HR.  Many companies are not aware or simply don’t have the time to educate themselves on HR best practices.  And some companies don’t have the time or money to implement HR practices. 

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Topics: Retention, HR Management, HR Services, HR Compliance, HR Consulting, On-Boarding, HR Policies, Company Culture, employee engagement, training

Can You Terminate an Employee for Poor Performance in Ontario?

Ashley Wesley - Feb 5, 2018 12:20:00 PM

Are your employees performing poorly? Read ahead to figure out if you can terminate them based on their performance.

 

Terminating an employee with cause is never an easy bar to reach. Terminating an employee with cause for poor performance requires diligence from the employer. Where most employers fall short is in the lack of process and consistency that are essential to an effective performance management plan. Many employers implement their performance management tools and evaluations ‘as needed’ or worse, ‘when needed’. So why is this a problem for employers? Much the same as an attendance management program, for a performance management program to result in a termination for cause, it must be non-punitive in its intention, and it must be administered consistently to all employees.

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Topics: HR Management, HR Services, Disciplinary Process, Termination, Performance Management