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Tag: human resources (HR)

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...

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...

Expertise and Credentials: When Different is Good

March 16, 2019
Have you ever decided not to apply for a job or promotion because your qualifications were different from what was stated in the job posting? In this blog, I explain...

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...

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...

The complexities of modern holidays …

December 15, 2018
In theory, modern holidays are lovely, often more inclusive occasions. But they can still be complicated for employers and employees alike. Most workplaces shut down for a few days, which...

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...

Working Through the Fallout of Climate Change

September 29, 2018
From what I know about employee engagement and workplace culture, I understand that not treating your employees and co-workers well during delicate or challenging times will erode and undermine relationships...

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...

Racism … Is it at your place of work?

June 2, 2018
So, here’s the question in my mind: even if well-intentioned, does one day of sensitivity or anti-bias training change the racial discrimination that will ultimately exist in organizations? The short...

Mental Health – Making it Work in the Workplace

May 26, 2018
Mental health is an issue that deserves more than four weeks of awareness. It warrants everyday sensitivity and acknowledgment in the places where we work. Without paying attention to this under-discussed...

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...

Jobs can be hard to get … and even harder to keep without training

December 17, 2017
In this article, I argue that instead of shrugging off the responsibility of investing in job training because a machine will take care of it, think in terms of how...

How men AND women have enabled workplace bullying and sexual harassment

December 2, 2017
So, in the interest of gender equality, it’s time for men and women to consider doing more to create safe, respectful and inclusive organizations and organizational cultures. Men aren’t the...

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 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...

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...

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,...

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...

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

June 5, 2014
When I work with employers, I ask them what they’d like their next employee to “bring” into the job and also what things the right employee can “learn” on 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...