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3 Tips to Improve Average Employee Performance

If you can manage to improve your average employee performance at your company, just think what you could accomplish. If each employee is working just a little bit smarter, a little more efficiently, and a little more passionately, the combined employee performance at your company could mean substantial overall progress. …

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Heart to Heart – From One HR Grad to Another

Dear recent HRM graduates: If you think you are now an HR expert after your 4 long and hard years of studies be prepared for a reality check! Human Resources is one of those careers you cannot think you have mastered because you have sat in class for 4 years. …

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What to Do When Employees Are Taking Too Many Sick Days

“What do you mean you’re not coming in today?” Not the response we would recommend but at times I can understand it. Absent employees result in lost sales, poorer levels of customer service and increased stress on the people who are at work. The recent survey by Angus Reid on …

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When Should Start-Ups Start Considering HR

HR tends to be one of the last areas considered by start-ups in my experience, but this can be something of an oversight. Most start-ups by their very nature are founded by entrepreneurial individuals, who quite rightly may invest most of their energies in selling, meeting customer demands and cash …

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How to Plan for a Maternity or Paternity Leave and Train Your Interim Replacement

Planning for a maternity leave does not have to be a stressful event! With approximately 6 months to plan for a replacement, finding a maternity temp can be a fairly trouble-free experience for both employee and employer. Having the employee involved in the training process can ensure policies and procedures …

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Quick Tips on Keeping Employees Engaged

According to Wikipedia, “An “engaged employee” is one who is fully involved in, and enthusiastic about, his or her work, and thus will act in a way that furthers their organization’s interests”.  To cultivate employee engagement try the following: [listcheck] Foster open communication.  In the absence of information, people fill …

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Performance Reviews – Quick Tips from HR Professionals

An effective appraisal system should allow for realistic, but challenging objectives. There should also be interim reviews to ensure objectives have not changed and to give an opportunity to identify training and development. [listcheck] Be prepared for the performance review : Apprise employees of performance appraisals in advance Allow the …

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Writing an Effective Job Description

An effective job description provides the foundation for making successful and informed hiring decisions as well as providing the outline for success to prospective employees.  It does this by forcing hiring managers to dive into those pertinent details that are required of future hires as well as the big picture …

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Statutory Holidays. Love them or Hate them?

Long weekends mean more time at the cottage, on the ski hill or reading a book, but no matter how you choose to spend your time, there is no doubt that everyone enjoys statutory holidays. If you are a human resources or payroll person, your view of statutory holidays can …

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