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Category: Hiring Staff & HR

Q&A with Dr. Helen – Helping others improve their Careers and HR through an ‘AudioBlog’

October 5, 2019
Read or listen to Dr. Helen's 180+ AudioBlog articles designed to help you build a better career and/or a more productive and sustainable organization.

What You Need to Know About Psychometric Testing

July 27, 2019
Psychometric testing - for fun and in the context of employment - is a huge topic and industry. In this article, I explain the basics that employees and employers should...

What We Can Learn About Hiring from Viral Posts and Basketball

July 6, 2019
In this article, I use a viral post from LinkedIn and Barack Obama's insights about the Toronto Raptors' historic 2019 NBA Championship to describe what we can learn about hiring...

Scapegoats and the Glass Cliff: When Careers Get Derailed

June 8, 2019
Scapegoating and the glass cliff may sound like something made up or exaggerated. In this article, I’ll break down what these terms mean, who they affect and why.

The Times, They Are a Changing … But is Our Time Management?

June 2, 2019
The modern workplace has changed a lot - because of technology, globalization, diversity, and #MeToo. But, has our approach to time management kept up? Some modern time management suggestions are...

Where Human Rights Meets Human Resources (Part 2)

May 25, 2019
In part two of this guest blog, Employment and Human Rights Lawyer Alayna Miller with Mann Lawyers uses current news stories and headlines to explain employers' human rights and human...

Where Human Rights Meets Human Resources (Part 1)

May 18, 2019
In part one of this two-part Q&A, Employment and Human Rights Lawyer Alayna Miller with Mann Lawyers uses current news stories and headlines to explain how human rights and human...

Earth, wind, fire, & water – how they can affect our workplace culture

May 11, 2019
With life-threatening and life-altering weather changes becoming more frequent, it’s clear that there are implications for our personal lives and the workplace. Considerations for employers and co-workers are discussed.

Digital Discrimination – The Algorithm is Rigged

May 4, 2019
Dr. Helen shows how seemingly neutral software platforms and their algorithms are facilitating new forms of age, race, and other forms of digital discrimination. Many potential applicants don’t even know...

Are high pedigree, Ivy League job candidates always the best?

March 30, 2019
The 2019 college admission cheating and bribery scandal is a reminder to evaluate ivy league and regular candidates carefully when hiring ... instead of treating certain labels as a proxy/substitute...

Death by 1000 papercuts … how this happens at work

March 23, 2019
When examining a person’s decline in personal wellness and productivity while on the job, rarely is it one catastrophic act that makes them feel almost sick at the thought going...

Insider threats – Hiding in Plain Sight

February 23, 2019
Knowingly or not, we have been watching incidents where insider threats have been the primary cause of serious and often expensive problems that have affected over 100 million people. I...

What Takes Longer: Hiring an Employee, or Buying a Car?

February 9, 2019
One of the challenges that employers face when hiring credentialed professionals is that on the surface, most of the candidates look similar. There's a fixed number of institutions that offer...

It’s a new day at work – why employee fulfillment will matter more

January 19, 2019
Currently, and in the recent past, the information or knowledge economy was the focus, and employees were the source of wealth creation. In the emerging purpose economy, a sense of...

Overqualified and Underemployed – Big Ego or Real Problem?

January 12, 2019
A lot of us grew up being told that we were wonderful and can do anything that we set our minds on. Sometimes, this is true, and we have unlimited...

Outplacement … what you need to know.

December 8, 2018
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the challenges that many people in Oshawa (in the Greater Toronto Area, GTA) and in Alberta are currently facing. Then there's the ripple...

Working from home – five ways it may work against you.

December 1, 2018
Last week I wrote about some of the advantages of working from home. But, is it for everyone? In this blog post, the second in a two-part series, I look...

Working from home … alone

November 24, 2018
In today’s world, we can do almost everything without leaving the comforts of our home.  There’s online shopping, therapy, advice and expertise, dining in courtesy of Uber Eats or Skip...

Weeding out cannabis concerns in the workplace

October 20, 2018
Regardless of how we feel about it, cannabis is now legal in Canada. Employers and employees need to know their rights and responsibilities. Learn the basics about CBD, THC, concerns...

Hiring is like dating. Do you need to up your game?

October 13, 2018
Many employers treat hiring like a blind date, hoping for “love at first sight.” They spend a little bit of time with a candidate. They ask some basic questions, then ask...

The Relevance and Absence of the Reference Check in the #MeToo Era

October 5, 2018
If anyone is looking for evidence that background and reference checks are still worthwhile, look no further than the current headlines around the ongoing Supreme Court nomination process in the US....

One More Reason to Take Care with Office Romance

September 1, 2018
It occurred to me while watching a rom-com recently that the office romance antics that go on in these movies could get a person in some serious hot water in...

Do’s and don’ts – how to be mindful of mental health in the workplace

May 19, 2018
Depression, anxiety, and other psychological difficulties afflict millions, and we must at least acknowledge that each and every day employees are walking into their workplaces silently suffering.

How to be a fox when interviewing a wolf (Part 2)

April 28, 2018
In this blog, Dr. Helen continues to discuss corporate psychopaths who often become successful and powerful by using exploitation and manipulation to get ahead. She lists a few ways that...

Corporate Psychopaths – wolves in the workplace (Part 1)

April 21, 2018
To borrow from the animal narrative, I would argue that corporate psychopaths don't always slink and slither throughout certain organizations as they are portrayed on the cover of ‘Snakes and...

Favouritism never works in the workplace

April 7, 2018
Some of my readers may know that I have one child. This makes it OK for me to call him my favourite son.  However, in many families, schools, and workplaces,...

Visible Disabilities … the unseen problems in the workplace

March 24, 2018
In the past, I've written about the experience of silently struggling with invisible disabilities. In this article, I address the challenges that people with visible disabilities face, and how often...

What not to do when you need to fire someone

March 3, 2018
Sometimes, dismissing someone who just isn’t the right fit for the company is inevitable, and it’s often an unpleasant task for both the employer and employee. In some ways, being...

Q&A with Dr. Helen on Neurodiversity

February 24, 2018
Some of these big corporate players are seeing the benefits of hiring and leveraging the abilities of neurodiverse workers. I’m excited to see the light starting to shine on neurodiversity as...

The Challenges of Hiring Staff to Work in the Cannabis Industry

January 27, 2018
The standard practices used by many employers and hiring managers will probably be inadequate for the cannabis (or marijuana) industry - especially in the early days ...

Q&A with Dr. Helen – What You Need to Know About Reference Checks

January 20, 2018
In this article, Dr. Helen answers some frequently asked questions about the usefulness of the reference check and its relevance in the modern job search and hiring process. The job...

Hiring and HR at the Start of the Blockchain Era

January 13, 2018
During the early days of the blockchain era, many organizations will make expensive mistakes when hiring staff. The typical screening strategies won't work since nobody has a degree or diploma...

Ghosts from HR’s past …

December 22, 2017
Many of us love the winter holidays, and I don’t think I'm alone when I say that certain Christmas themed movies only add to the celebration. But, as we prepare...

Insider threats and data breaches: they’re not always what you think …

November 18, 2017
There’s something you should know before you invest your entire IT and information security budget on technical solutions – if a smart thief wanted to steal your intellectual property and/or your...

Hidden Consequences of Online Screening

October 7, 2017
I recognize the advantages that business owners and hiring managers have when they use online screening methods. My concern is more about what happens when these screening tools are not...

The “death of the salesman” … is it online job screening?

September 30, 2017
Once upon a time, in the land of finding meaningful employment, the average job applicant would write up a thoughtful cover letter and resume. But now, due to online screening...

The marks of domestic violence in the workplace (Part 2)

September 16, 2017
I'm addressing the sensitive topic domestic violence here because I've been asked for advice about it by someone who works in an organization that has a Human Resources (HR) department...

Domestic violence doesn’t stay home … what you need to know about it in the workplace (Part 1)

September 9, 2017
Although the prevalence of domestic violence is well-documented, it isn’t something that is openly discussed, especially in formal or semi-formal settings such as your place of work. I had to...

Recruiting the Right Employee Ambassadors

September 2, 2017
Most organizations think carefully about their approach to recruiting and hiring employees. How many organizations consider how they will recruit employees as communication ambassadors during times of organizational change?

Automation … is it your new competition?

May 27, 2017
Automation can be extremely cost effective for businesses and other organizations. The downside is that many workers are being replaced by automation. In this blog post, Dr. Helen Ofosu discusses...

Office Romance – Life Imitating Art?

February 25, 2017
As adults, we recognize that the positive and negative Hollywood narratives of office romance are fictional, but what is real and relatable are the romantic temptations that sometimes exist on...

Nepotism – Does all in the family include the workplace?

February 19, 2017
There's no doubt that some of us have very capable family and friends who we'd love to work with because of their abilities and their loyalty. Before going ahead and...

Dressing the Part … Does this Include Body Art?

February 6, 2017
Many people express their identity through the clothes and accessories they wear. These days, this often includes piercings and tattoos. But, does that mean social stigmas cease to continue for...

The Interviewee with the Dragon Tattoo

January 30, 2017
You are discouraged after a long day of interviewing potential employees all of whom lacked the necessary experience in this particular field. Then, in walks your final candidate with a...

What Do HR and Psychology Have to Do With Cyber Threats?

November 7, 2016
I’ve been thinking about cyber threats / security and adapting what I learned and applied when I was working in a very secure environment. In that work environment, we were...

Right Placement – An Alternative to Outplacement

September 10, 2016
The magical thing about "Right-Placement" is that these employees moved on without being terminated and without triggering an expensive severance package. Basically, I’ve created a cheaper, happier alternative to firing...

Don’t Sell to Every Franchisee Who Can Pay – Consider a Franchisee Assessment

August 17, 2016
I have worked with franchise owners who were planning to sell franchises. In all cases, these franchisors had sold franchises in the past and had seen mixed results. Sometimes it...

Desirable Options When an Employee Isn’t Working Out …

July 21, 2016
Instead of waiting until a negative, costly firing process is necessary, local businesses are using Dr. Helen's RightPlacement process.

The Relevance of Women’s Issues to HR and Careers

June 24, 2016
In my role as a Human Resources (HR) Consultant and a Career Coach I see where women's issues intersect with my professional responsibilities. This post explores the themes of HR,...

Soft Skills – So Hard to Develop …

March 17, 2016
One of the great ironies in the world of Human Resources (HR) is the term soft skills in contrast to hard skills. The terms make it seem as though the...

Using I-O Psychology For Better Hiring

January 30, 2016
As a specialist in Industrial / Organizational (I/O) psychology, I have expertise in assessing human behaviour within the context of work. This means that I can help you to identify...

Why Psychology is Useful for Career Coaching and HR (Part 2)

January 27, 2016
I understand that my approach to Career Coaching and Human Resources (HR) services is not typical. In this post I explain how I use I/O psychology to build resilient careers...

Why Psychology is Useful for Career Coaching and HR (Part 1)

January 21, 2016
I believe that people who are skilled and hardworking should be able to make a living. I know of many people who are educated and have relevant work experience but...

Boost employee engagement through behaviours and technology

January 12, 2016
So many organizations are still scrambling to catch up and implement modern web technology practices internally. We've all seen the power of social media, social networking, and user-generated content on...

Are Reference Checks Worthwhile?

August 2, 2015
When properly structured, a good Reference Check will give employers and organizations valuable insights about the nature of the qualities that a candidate will contribute if/when hired. I like to...

When Hiring, Think about the “Bring vs. Learn Concept”

June 5, 2014
When I work with hiring managers and business owners, I ask them what their next employee must “bring” into the job from day one - and also what things the...

Work Simulations Can Be Your Best Friend …

May 26, 2014
Personally, I’m a big fan of simulations and tests as a useful supplement to job interview questions. Some people are good at talking (i.e., “performing” well during a job interview)...

Welcome to my Career Development, Career Management, and HR Blog

August 31, 2013
My graduate degrees are in Industrial / Organizational Psychology so I am knowledgeable about work-related situations/problems, careers, and business. Since I have many years of experience working with hiring managers...