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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 Sitting Killing You? Break Up Your Day!

September 05, 2014

Standing Up to the Health Risks of Sitting Down

January 29, 2014

The Rewards of Union Membership

January 20, 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

Conferences

HR West 2014: The Next Generation of HR ( Sep 30-October 2, Vancouver)
HR 2014: The Next Generation of HR ( Oct 6-7, Toronto)
Public Sector Social Media 2014 ( Oct 20-21, Ottawa)


Human Resource Management Research

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

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International Comparisons of Annual Labor Force Statistics

The International Labor Comparisons (ILC) program prepares international comparisons of economic indicators across countries, pinpointing differences in labor market tightness, unemployment, and labor force participation in various population categories.

Report | 25 pages | September 2014 | Michael Paterra, Elizabeth Crofoot, Klaas de Vries, Eric Hayek | The Conference Board, Inc.

Workplace Bullying Primer: What It Is and How to Deal With It

Bullying has grown up, moving out of the schoolyard and into the workplace. There are organizational and individual costs, negatively affecting the effectiveness and the image of the corporation.

Recorded Webinar | September 2014 | Ruth Wright | The Conference Board of Canada

From Not Enough Jobs to Not Enough Workers: CFO Implications

Baby boomer retirements will cause labor shortages in mature economies, leading to higher wages and lower profits. How can CFOs mitigate these effects? This outlines actions and provides tools to predict specific shortages.

Report | 8 pages | September 2014 | Ben Cheng, Bert Colijn, Gad Levanon, Michael Paterra | The Conference Board, Inc.

On the Record with Charles Allen

“Retaining people in the profession is definitely our biggest issue,” notes Charles Allen, CEO of accounting/consulting firm Crowe Horwath LLP. He tells us how his firm approaches this key human capital challenge.

Executive Action Report | 7 pages | September 2014 | Harvey D. Shapiro | The Conference Board, Inc.

From Not Enough Jobs to Not Enough Workers: What Retiring Baby Boomers and the Coming Labor Shortage Mean for Your Company

The retirement of baby boomers will create labor shortages in mature economies worldwide. This report covers implications for companies and actions they can take.

Report | 56 pages | September 2014 | The Conference Board, Inc.

How Does Your Coaching Practice Compare? 2014 Survey Results

The Conference Board and Council on Executive Coaching will present the results of the latest benchmark “2014 Coaching Practices Survey,” which includes trends on coaching rates and fees, engagement length and terms, and types of coaching engagements.

Recorded Webinar | September 2014 | The Conference Board, Inc.

The Key to Optimal Business Results: Insights from The 2014 Performance Management Conference

For performance management to be more than mere compensation management, systems must be behavior focused, integrated into workflow and processes, and communicated with care to employees.

Report | 10 pages | August 2014 | Corporate Authorship TCB | The Conference Board, Inc.

Is Health and Safety on Your Board’s Agenda?

This briefing discusses how boards can ensure the quality of their due diligence and make an important contribution to the risk culture of their organization by assuming formal oversight of workplace health and safety risk.

Briefing | 20 pages | August 2014 | Bryce Swerhun | The Conference Board of Canada

La santé et la sécurité sont-elles dans la mire de votre conseil d’administration?

Cette note propose des pistes de solution pour aider les conseils d'administration à exercer une diligence raisonnable de qualité et contribuer ainsi à la culture de leur organisation en matière de risques grâce à une surveillance formelle des risques pour la santé et la sécurité au travail.

Briefing | 22 pages | August 2014 | Bryce Swerhun | Le Conference Board du Canada

The 2014 Leadership Development Conference: Identifying Your Company's Leadership DNA

Companies concerned about their executive pipelines should invest in leadership training, especially of high potential employees. The biggest bang from training dollars comes through action learning, stretch assignments, and coaching.

Report | 10 pages | July 2014 | Corporate Authorship TCB | The Conference Board, Inc.

The 2013 Human Capital Analytics Conference: Working with Analytics at the C-Level

No significant change can take place without the support of top executives, including human capital analytics.

Report | 10 pages | July 2014 | Corporate Authorship TCB | The Conference Board, Inc.

Moving Towards an HR Analytics Culture

This webcast presents techniques to increase the demand for strategic HR analytic services, as well as tactics for how to redirect those urgent requests to matters of enterprise-wide importance.

Recorded Webinar | July 2014 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Enhancing Your Leadership Talent Pipeline Strategy

Built on a strong foundation of a performance-based culture, General Electric (GE) has experienced success in hiring, developing, and promoting leaders who deliver business results. GE continues to evolve, building global capabilities to drive growth.

Recorded Webinar | July 2014 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Is This the End of Work? Information Technologies and Labor Market Disruption: A Cross-Atlantic Conversation

So far, the digital revolution has produced technology but not jobs. What is the impact of technology on employment? Leaders from Canada, Europe, and the United States tackle this question.

Report | 11 pages | July 2014 | Susan Stewart | The Conference Board, Inc.

The Millennial Movement: Younger Workers and Union Renewal

This briefing looks at the challenge that unions face in engaging younger workers to participate actively in the labour movement. If this challenge is not addressed, then union leaders face the difficult prospect of having to defend the value of unions to workers while also demonstrating strength and solidarity to employers.

Briefing | 8 pages | July 2014 | Bryce Swerhun, David K. Shepherdson, Karla Thorpe | The Conference Board of Canada

Recognizing and Managing Unconscious Bias

This recorded webcast looks at innovative ways on how to mitigate unconscious bias.

Recorded Webinar | July 2014 | The Conference Board, Inc.

HR Revealed: Hidden ways you may be failing your people

Your people are your best assets. You’ve said it yourself, because it’s true—but only when it’s true. Sadly, many organizations mismanage their best assets in some of the worst ways. You may think you’re on the right track, but when it comes to “HR: You’re Doing It Wrong.”

Recorded Webinar | July 2014 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Workplace Preferences of Millennials and Gen X: Attracting and Retaining the 2020 Workforce

Organizations need to understand the preferences of Millennials and Gen X to attract, retain, and engage these employees. This report explores these preferences and provides recommendations for the 2020 workforce.

Report | 76 pages | June 2014 | Naoko Hawkins, Jane Vellone, Ruth Wright | The Conference Board of Canada

Job Satisfaction: 2014 Edition

According to the current edition of The Conference Board Job Satisfaction survey, and for the eighth straight year, less than half of US workers are satisfied with their jobs.

Report | 27 pages | June 2014 | Ben Cheng, Michelle Kan, Gad Levanon, Rebecca L. Ray | The Conference Board, Inc.

Nobody's Perfect: Overcoming the Limitations of External Labor Data to Drive Better Business Decisions

This report details how to skillfully combine data from a variety of sources to inform HR strategy and business decisions.

Report | 32 pages | June 2014 | Mary B. Young | The Conference Board, Inc.

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Compensation and Benefits Research

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

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Compensation Planning Outlook 2015—Preview

Most Canadian employees can expect a modest pay increase in 2015. The average projected base pay increase for non-unionized employees is 2.9 per cent.

Preview | 6 pages | September 2014 | Katie Fleming | The Conference Board of Canada

Perspectives en matière de régimes de rémunération 2015 - Aperçu

La plupart des employés canadiens devraient recevoir une modeste augmentation de salaire en 2015. L’augmentation moyenne du salaire de base prévue pour les employés non syndiqués est de 2,9 %.

Aperçu | 6 pages | September 2014 | Katie Fleming | Le Conference Board du Canada

2014 Canadian Directors’ Compensation Practices Webinar

Ian Cullwick, Vice-President of Leadership and Human Resources presents this 60-minute recorded webinar that dives deep into the survey results of the Canadian Directors’ Compensation Practices report and explores the state of director compensation in Canada today.

Recorded Webinar | September 2014 | Ian Cullwick | The Conference Board of Canada

Current Practices in Job Evaluation and Classification

Job evaluation and classification are foundational drivers and ingredients of base salary systems, performance management levels, career paths, and labour costs. Earlier this year, The Conference Board of Canada released an 18-page briefing summarizing the results of a Canadian survey of human resources professionals on their organization’s job evaluation and classification practices. This is a 60-minute recorded webinar dedicated to the discussion of the survey results.

Recorded Webinar | September 2014 | Ian Cullwick, Nicole Stewart | The Conference Board of Canada

US Salary Increase Budgets for 2015

United States salary increase budget projections for 2015 reflect a 3.00 percent median increase, the same as the actual rate of increase in the previous four years dating back to 2011.

Report | 13 pages | August 2014 | Kevin Hallock, Judit Torok | The Conference Board, Inc.

The 2014 Executive Compensation Conference: What You Need to Know about Performance-Aligned Compensation

In the wake of say on pay, concern about proxy advisors' reactions to their pay packages can blind companies to the reason for those packages: to drive performance and create shareholder value.

Report | 9 pages | July 2014 | Corporate Authorship TCB | The Conference Board, Inc.

Job Evaluation and Classification: A State of Practice in Canadian Organizations

This report summarizes the results of a Conference Board of Canada survey about the job evaluation and classification practices of organizations across the country.

Briefing | 18 pages | May 2014 | Nicole Stewart | The Conference Board of Canada

Pension Summit 2014: Time for Action

Recent headlines highlight a renewed focus on pensions by governments, businesses, and employees across Canada. While they paint a bleak picture of the state of pensions, they also suggest renewed recognition by all that reform is necessary.

Conference e-Proceedings | May 2014 | The Conference Board of Canada

Canadian Directors’ Compensation Practices, 20th Edition

This report, which summarizes data from 224 publicly traded companies, is an update of the 2011 report on the compensation levels of Canadian boards of directors. It provides benchmark data on compensation practices and summarizes key factors in the board operations of publicly traded companies.

Report | 60 pages | April 2014 | Elyse Lamontagne | The Conference Board of Canada

Perspectives de la rémunération en 2014: Québec

L’économie du Québec ne s’est pas bien portée en 2013. Mais les employés peuvent s’attendre à des augmentations réelles des salaires en 2014. L’augmentation de salaire moyenne prévue en 2014 pour des employés non syndiqués est de 2,8 pour cent.

Profil | 5 pages | March 2014 | Elyse Lamontagne | Le Conference Board du Canada

Compensation Planning Outlook 2014: Ontario

Ontario’s economic performance was moderate in 2013, but the near-term prospects look more positive. The 2014 projected average salary increase for non-unionized employees is 2.6 per cent.

Profile | 5 pages | March 2014 | Heather McAteer | The Conference Board of Canada

Compensation Planning Outlook 2014: Alberta

Along with a vibrant economy and strong demand for talent, the average pay increase for non-unionized employees in Alberta is projected to be 3.7 per cent in 2014.

Profile | 5 pages | March 2014 | Katie Fleming | The Conference Board of Canada

Compensation Planning Outlook 2014: Mid-Year Pulse Check

The Conference Board conducted a Compensation Planning Outlook 2014 Mid-Year Pulse Check survey in December 2013. Pay projections are almost exactly in line with what was planned in the summer.

Report | 8 pages | February 2014 | Elyse Lamontagne | The Conference Board of Canada

The Industrial Relations Outlook Webinar

This 60 minute webinar is intended to inform labour, management and policy-makers with a comprehensive overview of the issues that may influence labour relations and collective bargaining in Canada over the coming year.

Recorded Webinar | February 2014 | The Conference Board of Canada

Western Disability Management and Benefits 2013

People drive productivity and performance, and leading employers invest in their people and processes to ensure their workforces are productively engaged. They know a healthy work environment, effective attendance and disability management, and strategic benefits management contribute to greater productivity and higher performance.

Conference e-Proceedings | December 2013 | The Conference Board of Canada

The Sustainable Pay Webinar

This special 60-minute session with Coro Strandberg, nationally recognized CSR and sustainability thought leader, profiles leading global research into sustainable pay plans. It offers a user-friendly roadmap for boards, executives and sustainability and human resource professionals who want to update their incentive programs.

Recorded Webinar | December 2013 | The Conference Board of Canada

Disability Management and Benefits 2013: Driving Productivity with Effective Workplace Practices

Public and private sector HR leaders are under pressure to increase productivity, improve efficiency and effectiveness, and reduce costs. Leading organizations realize that a healthy work environment, effective attendance and disability management programs, and a strategic approach to benefits administration can make a real difference in: recruiting and retaining top talent supporting individual and organizational health reducing costs driving performance and productivity Health and benefits costs are a sizable portion of total employment expenses, and they are increasing. With an aging population, these costs are poised to rise even further. These conference e-proceedings will help you identify the issues, and develop innovative strategies to manage health and benefits costs and support higher performance. The costs of not addressing employee well-being and attendance issues are high. Beyond the direct financial impact on benefits and health care, a lack of attention can mean greater workloads for remaining employees, overtime costs, hiring costs for replacement workers, lower staff morale with higher turnover, a poor reputation among prospective employees, project delays and opportunities lost, as well as customer dissatisfaction.

Conference e-Proceedings | November 2013 | The Conference Board of Canada

Where are pay plans headed in 2014? Compensation Planning Webinar

In this 60-minute webinar, Ian Cullwick, Vice-President of the Conference Board's Leadership and Human Resources Research division, discusses the 2014 pay environment, projected compensation levels by region and industry, and how organizations are responding to continued economic uncertainty.

Recorded Webinar | November 2013 | The Conference Board of Canada

Western Compensation and HR 2013

Discover how to design for success and avoid being reactive, by being disciplined and informed in your decisions. You must anticipate that other companies want to buy your skilled talent, and learn how to compete in an environment where your most experienced people will be hand-picked and offered compensation packages that are hard to match.

Conference e-Proceedings | November 2013 | The Conference Board of Canada

Disability Management: Opportunities for Employer Action

This report offers the perspectives of employees and supervisors on their organizations’ disability management programs, and provides employers with advice and guidance on how to manage absenteeism more effectively.

Report | 63 pages | October 2013 | Louise Chenier, Karla Thorpe | 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