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Human Resource Management

The Conference Board of Canada provides you with strategic information on current human resource management challenges as well as a Canadian perspective on trends in human resource management.

Topics covered:

  • compensation planning
  • reward strategies
  • benefit programs
  • health and wellness
  • industrial relations
  • employee engagement
  • work–life issues
  • performance management

HR Workshops

HR Blog

Is Canada Ready to Embrace Changes to Labour Relations and Employment Standards Laws?

April 23, 2015

Setting Up for a Sustainable New Year’s Resolution

January 14, 2015

A Quick Glance at Express Entry

December 22, 2014

Executive Networks

  • Council for Learning and Leadership Development
  • Compensation Research Centre
  • Council on Diversity and Talent Management—West
  • Council of Industrial Relations Executives
  • Council on Workplace Health and Wellness
  • Councils for Senior Human Resource Executives—National
  • Councils for Senior Human Resource Executives—East
  • Councils for Senior Human Resource Executives—West
  • Council on Inclusive Work Environments
  • Strategic Human Resources Management Council


Change Management 2015: People, Process, Performance ( May 5-6, Toronto)
Technology-Enabled HR ( May 21, Toronto)
Culture of Engagement 2015 ( May 25-26, Calgary)
Workplace Wellness and Mental Health 2015 ( Jun 2-3, Toronto)
The Better Workplace Conference 2015 ( Oct 14-16, Gatineau)

Human Resource Management Research

This research is available to subscribers of the Human Resource Management service.

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The Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Diversity & Inclusion (Vol. 5, No. 1, 2015)

This publication explores hot topics within diversity and inclusion research by providing actionable summaries of contemporary literature. This issue explores future trends in board diversity and paternity/parental leave policies, among others.

Report | 20 pages | April 2015 | Michelle Kan, Amanda Popiela, Rebecca L. Ray | The Conference Board, Inc.

Hidden Barriers to Female Leadership: The Neuroscience of Bias

Today’s workplace challenges come in many varieties, and if tackled using only one perspective, managers can set themselves up for failure. However, despite the need for diversity in management teams, women continue to be underrepresented in Canadian executive teams and boardrooms. Research has shown that this inequity stems from both conscious and unconscious bias, even among those who wish to promote women. So what can be done to combat this stacked deck? How can managers and executives recognize and work past these biases to encourage and foster more women leaders? Join us for this webinar as Janet Crawford presents leading edge scientific evidence regarding the underlying neurological pathways of gender bias, and their subsequent effect on hiring and promotion decisions in the workplace. An acclaimed speaker, Janet Crawford has presented extensively on neuroscience-informed leadership and diversity and its relevance for generating corporate cultures designed to adeptly respond to modern business challenges.

Recorded Webinar | April 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Compassion Fatigue: Managing to Prevent Stress and Emotional Trauma

Compassion fatigue is defined as the cost of caring for others in emotional pain. Employees in helping professions (such as EMT’s, firefighters, and police officers) can be profoundly affected by their work, particularly when exposed to traumatic events. They can also be negatively affected when they hear clients talk about trauma they have experienced or when helping adults and children who have just been victimized. In addition, helping professionals often work with clients who are chronically in despair, witnessing people’s inability to improve their very difficult life circumstances, or feel helpless in the face of poverty, and emotional anguish. In a twist of fate, the very human factor that makes a helping professional successful—empathy—can also make them vulnerable to being profoundly affected and even possibly damaged by their work. So what can be done to combat this serious issue? How can employers protect their employees who work in high stress and trauma-exposed work environments?

Recorded Webinar | April 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

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Compensation and Benefits Research

This research is available to subscribers of the Compensation and Benefits service.

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Ending Pay Secrecy: The Case for Compensation Transparency

Most corporations go to great lengths to keep employee compensation a secret. This has been a “best practice” for decades, but is it still the right practice? While privacy is a concern, there is a growing movement for corporations to make pay public. Research has shows that pay secrecy leads to employees reaching dysfunctional conclusions about how pay is administered in their organization, which can led to loss of performance and internal conflicts. Pay secrecy also seems counterintuitive when management approaches which call for business transparency, involvement, and accountability. So does pay secrecy have a place in today’s transparent, social, and information sharing world? This recorded 60 minute session discusses the advantages and disadvantages of making pay public in corporations. Edward E. Lawler III describes what the impacts could be on your workplace, using examples from some of the top organizations in North America.

Recorded Webinar | February 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Retirement Readiness and Preparedness: The Perspective of Canadians and Employers

As the Canadian population ages, boomers are getting set to retire in record numbers. But just how ready are most for this major life transition? Retirement is a complicated process, and while many people are able to seek information and assistance from their employers, others have found there to be noticeable gaps in support. So what can be done to make this transition as simple as possible for both their employees and the organization? The Conference Board recently engaged in a comprehensive exploration into the experiences and perspectives of employers and Canadian workers on issues related to pensions and retirement readiness. In this 60 minute recorded webinar, Judith MacBride-King presents key highlights from two recently released reports – An Employer’s Perspective: Retirement Savings and A Survey of Non-retirees and Retirees in Canada: Retirement Perspectives and Plans

Recorded Webinar | February 2015 | Judith MacBride-King | The Conference Board of Canada

Compensation Planning Outlook 2015: Mid-Year Pulse Check

The Conference Board conducted a Compensation Planning Outlook 2015 Mid-Year Pulse Check survey in December 2014 and early January 2015. Overall, base salary increases are down slightly from what organizations projected in the summer.

Report | 8 pages | February 2015 | Nicole Stewart | The Conference Board of Canada

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Compensation Planning

Map showing the Average Salary Increases 2013 by Region in Canada

Women in Leadership

Women in Leadership Infographic

ROI from Wellness Programs