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

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New Brunswick No Longer Kicking the Pension Can Down the Road

May 19, 2015

Workforce Analytics: What Can They Do for Your Organization?

May 06, 2015

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

April 23, 2015


Workshops

One day sessions providing hands-on experience and learning.
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Conferences

Workplace Wellness and Mental Health 2015 ( Jun 2-3, Toronto)
The Better Workplace Conference 2015 ( Oct 14-16, Gatineau)
Public Sector Social Media 2015 ( Oct 27-28, Ottawa)
3rd Skills and Post-Secondary Education Summit ( Nov 3-5, Edmonton)
Western Compensation and HR Outlook 2015 ( Nov 18, Calgary)

Human Resources Management Research

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

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Third Way of Leadership: Beyond Gender Archetypes

What does the latest brain research say about the way women and men lead?

Recorded Webinar | May 2015 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Leading Organization Transformations—The Differentiating Competency

Every leader has led significant change in his or her organization. Unfortunately, most leaders admit that successful organization transformation results are difficult to achieve. While numerous factors can derail an organizational change, there is an emerging competency set that is positively correlated with success—Alignment Leadership.

Recorded Webinar | May 2015 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Add Value by Quantifying The Impact of Attrition

Are you letting the good ones get away? For many companies the prevailing attitude is that lower employee turnover is always better, but some amount of turnover is unavoidable and can actually be healthy for your business. Instead of continually pushing for lower turnover, significant value can be unlocked by reducing high-impact turnover. By tracking attrition of your highest performers rather than the amount of turnover, you can focus on retaining those employees most critical to your business.

Recorded Webinar | May 2015 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Engaging Men in the Charge of Advancing the Women’s Leadership Agenda

Men overwhelmingly hold leadership positions within the corporate landscape, and they held more than 80 percent of board director seats in the S&P 500 in 2014. As such, they have a powerful impact on the cultural climate of organizations—and an important role to play in driving gender diversity and inclusion. But how do men feel about this gender diversity?

Recorded Webinar | May 2015 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Transform Culture, Reignite Growth with Your Top 200 Leaders

Hear how The Brink’s Company, a $3.8 billion global leader in the secure logistics and solutions industry, is transforming culture and reigniting growth with a strategic approach to the assessment, development, and management of its “Top 200" leaders.

Recorded Webinar | May 2015 | The Conference Board, Inc.

The Right Data Now!—The Future of People Analytics

The future of attracting, developing and retaining any organization’s key talent starts with its ability to understand its data. This data takes many forms and functions including what skills our key asset has and moves along a continuum to understanding trends, patterns and predictive models around what the business needs to make workforce intelligent decisions.

Recorded Webinar | May 2015 | The Conference Board, Inc.

The Un-Bossy Boss: Bringing Out the Best in Your Employees

Individual contributors are responsible for bringing their best selves to work, while managers are responsible for bringing out the best in others. A manager has the critical role of translating the organization’s strategy and leadership priorities into something actionable for frontline employees. Strategy execution falls flat if the manager isn’t equipped with the skills and tools to successfully translate the strategy and bring out the best in others. Join us for this 60-minute webinar where Gary Magenta will explore what every manager needs to know to drive business results through people. Through real-life case studies, Gary will share meaningful, practical examples for managers to lead individuals and teams so they can soar to new heights. In business today, organizations have complex strategies they need to deploy. Managers are responsible for engaging and connecting their employees to that strategy. The problem is that many of them are failing to do so, because they don’t have the necessary skills or capability to coach their employees to success. Managers are ultimately the group most responsible for the success or failure of an organization—not the leadership team. Become a better manager and deliver better business results.

Recorded Webinar | May 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Investigative Interviewing for HR Professionals: An Introduction to a New Approach

Today's HR professionals face many challenges, none more profound than dealing with the complexities of the interview process. Think about the costs associated with a bad hire. Try negotiating your way through a difficult workplace harassment investigation where your decision making might be based solely on what people have told you. And there may be discipline, termination, arbitration and perhaps litigation to follow. How do you prepare and best protect the assets and reputation of your organization? How do you best maximize your success in any interview.

Recorded Webinar | May 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Effectively Managing Absenteeism: New Practices in Absence Tracking and Reporting

Absence and Disability Management programs are common practice in the workplace, but are they working as well as they could be? Effectively managing absenteeism and disability in the workplace is predicated on the strength of the information that employers have at their disposal. With accurate and timely information on the functioning of these programs comes the ability to properly evaluate outcomes, determine merit of services to stakeholders, and demonstrate return on investment in benefit programs. Employers today are collecting more information on absence and disability than ever before, but some may not be collecting any information or the right information, or not using information to its full potential.

Recorded Webinar | May 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Innovation through Diversity: Leveraging Talent for Competitive Advantage

In today's competitive global marketplace, innovation is a key component in accessing new markets, gaining greater market share, and sustaining long-term business growth. Leaders have long recognized that a diverse workforce confers a competitive advantage in the marketplace and is a potent source of innovation. However, research from the Centre for Talent Innovation has demonstrated that it takes more than just a diverse workforce to foster innovation.. Innovation requires a more hands-on approach, with leaders displaying inclusive behaviours to unlock the innovative potential of all their employees, including individuals from diverse backgrounds. So how can you ensure that your organization is making the most of its workforce, and driving the innovation you need to succeed in a competitive marketplace? Join us for this webinar as Laura Sherbin and Melinda Marshall from The Centre for Talent Innovation outline the cultural factors, leadership behaviours, and best practices that leverage diversity to drive innovation.

Recorded Webinar | May 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Best Practices and Processes for Maximizing the Impact of Talent Decisions: Insights from The 2015 Talent Management Strategies Conference

Using the business strategy talent management leaders can map out the key roles of the talent strategy. From there they can determine the pathways employees have to reach these roles, and put a pipeline in place that can be filled for each role.

Report | 12 pages | May 2015 | Sheri Rothman | The Conference Board, Inc.

Developing and Leveraging Innovation Talent Within Firms: Strategies to Improve Innovation Performance

This report identifies and analyzes effective strategies, tools, and approaches that firms can use to develop and leverage their innovation talent.

Report | 85 pages | May 2015 | Jessica Edge, Cameron MacLaine | The Conference Board of Canada

Développer et exploiter le talent d’innovation dans les entreprises : des stratégies pour mieux innover

Ce rapport recense et analyse des stratégies, outils et méthodes que les entreprises peuvent utiliser pour développer et exploiter leur talent d’innovation.Cette publication comprend un résumé en français, suivi d'une version anglaise du rapport intégral.

Rapport | 90 pages | May 2015 | Jessica Edge, Cameron MacLaine | Le Conference Board du Canada

The Talent Revolution: Trailblazers, Bystanders and Casualties

Over the last century and a half, we have moved from the industrial age to an era where finance, operations, customer service, marketing, and technology have all radically changed. The way work is done and the jobs that are available have shifted over that time. Through all of these evolutions and revolutions the employment question has always focused on "jobs". Now, as we enter the era of the talent revolution the way we think about, and succeed, in our vocations is being challenged. It is no longer about "jobs". It is now about the "work" and who will be doing it. As we live and work longer we are finding changes in our workforce that are challenging traditional talent and career structures. Many Boomers today are simply not ready to step away from work, yet there are few organizations with vibrant career paths for the 50+ employee. As a result, the talent escalator stalls and every stair becomes a treadmill rather than a step to more meaningful work. How can you fix your talent succession and leadership development? What is the cost of your Broken Talent Escalator®?

Recorded Webinar | May 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Labour Relations and Non-Standard Employment: Protecting Workers, Supporting Business

Provinces across Canada are taking a hard look at their respective employment laws. Recent amendments, brought in by the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014, made several changes to employment standards, including adding new obligations related to assignment employees working for temporary help agencies. In addition, the Ontario government recently announced that it will launch public consultations in spring 2015 to focus on how the province's employment standards and labour relations laws should be amended to reflect the changing nature of the workplace. These consultations will address "non-standard" working relationships, such as temporary work, part-time and self-employment, in addition to the rising prominence of private sector services. Similarly, the Alberta government announced that it is looking at public sector labour relations and considering changes to the province's collective bargaining model, particularly as it relates to essential services. In New Brunswick, health care unions are working with the province to examine new options for representation following a recent and complex mediation-arbitration process. But what exactly will these changes mean for the business and labour environment going forward? Will your organization be affected? And if so, are you ready to make the changes necessary to remain in compliance with the new standards?

Recorded Webinar | April 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

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.

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

Leadership in the 21st-Century: Modern Decision-Making for Complex Problems

What is the key to leadership in today’s business environment? Tremendous social and technological forces are radically reshaping the world—so much so that the way we typically tackle problems has become outdated. In order to meet the complexity of the challenges they face, leaders in every sector need to completely rethink their role, particularly in their management of increasingly age-diverse employees. But where to start? In this 60 minute webinar, Ted Cadsby discusses how 21st century challenges are qualitatively different from the ones that previous generations faced, and how our traditional approach to problem solving is poorly suited to the complexity of modern business. Ted explains the significant implications of this knowledge gap for leaders and outlines the unintuitive but powerful ways that leaders can harness the hidden power of their teams. First and foremost, he reveals the key to leadership in today’s world—a feature that is rarely talked about, but is increasingly crucial.

Recorded Webinar | April 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Engaging Employees Through Career Growth and Development

When it comes to professional development, what younger workers expect from their employers can be challenging to deliver. While career growth and development is a known driver of employee engagement, employers in most sectors of the economy are not growing fast enough to provide the rapid promotions that employees would like. Expectations are increasing with regards to professional development, but loyalty to organizations is decreasing even quicker, creating a dilemma for the employer. How can organizations manage this balancing act and leverage growth and development to help foster an engaging workplace culture?

Recorded Webinar | March 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Accessibility at Work: The Business Case for Inclusive Workplaces

Accessible workplaces and employment practices that support people with disabilities are an emerging priority for Canadian businesses. This is especially important in Ontario, with the new provincial Accessibility Standard for Employment under the AODA phasing in. In this 60 minute webinar with Ruth Wright and Alicia Cameron, these new regulations will be translated into concrete HR practices that promote accessible employment.

Recorded Webinar | March 2015 | Alicia Cameron, Ruth Wright | 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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Executive Compensation in Challenging Times: Trends and Principles for 2015

In today’s economic environment, many organizations are practicing fiscal restraint, enabling cost containment measures and cutting where they can. However, the race for top talent is becoming increasingly competitive, and without the proper compensation packages, companies will find themselves unable to attract and retain the people and skills they need to keep up. How can you ensure these needs are balanced within your organization? Join us for this session to get the perspective you need to create compensation plans that attract and retain top talent while balancing fiscal needs. Lance Hendren will provide an expert overview of what organizations should be doing in this increasingly volatile business environment, with a special focus on executive compensation.

Recorded Webinar | April 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

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

Western Benefits and Disability Management 2014

Get the latest benefits, pensions, and disability management insights from the experts. Canadians’ concerns about retirement are in the news a lot these days, and with good reason. The population is aging, and there are questions about individuals’ capacity to fund their own retirement. Hear the latest Conference Board research on pensions and retirement readiness.

Conference e-Proceedings | January 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Western Compensation and HR Outlook 2014

Understand the HR and compensation outlook and you’ll have a distinct competitive advantage. You must know the long-term outlook for compensation when planning your organization’s total reward and talent management strategies. If not, you may overpay or find you have to change in reaction to the market. This event will help you to capitalize on the insights of respected economic and HR research from the Conference Board and exciting, real-life examples from top Western Canadian business and HR leaders.

Conference e-Proceedings | January 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Compensation Planning Outlook 2015—Quebec

Quebec’s economy is slowly emerging, but it is still experiencing several challenges. Nonetheless, employees can expect to see real wage gains in 2015, with a projected average salary increase for non-unionized employees of 2.8 per cent.

Briefing | 8 pages | January 2015 | Katie Fleming | The Conference Board of Canada

Perspectives en matière de régimes de rémunération 2015—Québec

L'économie québécoise reprend lentement, mais elle continue d'éprouver plusieurs difficultés. Néanmoins, les employés peuvent s'attendre à des gains salariaux réels en 2015, l'augmentation de salaire moyenne projetée des employés non syndiqués devant atteindre 2,8 %.

Breifing | 6 pages | January 2015 | Katie Fleming | Le Conference Board du Canada

Compensation Planning Outlook 2015 Alberta

While Alberta enjoyed a relatively strong economy for the first half of 2014, current shocks to the global energy sector will indeed have implications for talent demand and the compensation forecast for 2015.The average pay increase for non-unionized employees in the province is projected to be 3.5 per cent in 2015.

Briefing | 8 pages | December 2014 | Katie Fleming | 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.

Briefing | 8 pages | December 2014 | Katie Fleming | The Conference Board of Canada

Compensation Planning Outlook 2015 Ontario

Ontario’s economy is showing much-needed improvement, and the economic outlook for 2015 is positive. The 2015 projected average salary increase for non-unionized employees is 2.5 per cent.

Briefing | December 2014 | Katie Fleming | The Conference Board of Canada

Where are pay plans headed in 2015? Compensation Planning Webinar

In this 60-minute recorded webinar, Ian Cullwick, Vice-President of the Conference Board's Leadership and Human Resources Research division, discusses the 2015 pay environment, projected compensation levels by region and industry, and how organizations are responding to continued economic uncertainty.

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

Employee Financial Well-Being: How Personal Finances Impact Wellness and the Bottom Line

More than 25 per cent of the workforce is financially distressed and more than two-thirds are not in control of their finances. This lack of financial literacy is causing a myriad of health problems, behavioural issues, and costing your organization through health care cost, absenteeism, turnover and damage to reputations. This 60-minute evidence-based approach recorded webinar, features Frank Wiginton, Canada’s leading authority on employee financial well-being.

Recorded Webinar | November 2014 | The Conference Board of Canada

The New Imperative: Driving Performance, Connecting to Value

Companies increasingly view health care as an important investment and want a greater return: they are still keenly interested in lowering costs but are also demanding better performance and value from providers.

e-Library Document | 9 pages | November 2014 | Corporate Authorship TCB | The Conference Board, Inc.

Compensation Planning Outlook 2015

In a slow-growth Canadian economy, organizations are planning moderate increases for 2015. The average base pay increase for non-unionized employees is projected to be 2.9 per cent.

Report | 40 pages | October 2014 | Katie Fleming, Nicole Stewart | The Conference Board of Canada

The US Top Executive Compensation Report: 2014 Edition

This report examines salary, total cash compensation, total compensation, and the mix of compensation elements for the CEO and the five highest paid executives of 2,283 US-listed companies by specific revenue and industry groups.

Report | 117 pages | October 2014 | Kevin Hallock, Judit Torok | The Conference Board, Inc.

Enquête auprès des non-retraités et des retraités canadiens : Perspectives d’avenir et régimes de retraite

Ce rapport résume l’information recueillie dans le cadre d’un sondage réalisé en 2014 auprès de Canadiens âgés de 18 à 65 ans et plus. Il porte sur leurs expériences, opinions et comportements en matière de planification de la retraite. Cette publication comprend un résumé en français, suivi d'une version anglaise du rapport intégral.

Rapport | 120 pages | October 2014 | Judith MacBride-King | The Conference Board of Canada

A Survey of Non-retirees and Retirees in Canada: Retirement Perspectives and Plans

This report summarizes the information garnered through a 2014 survey of Canadians aged 18 to 65+. It delves into their experiences, views, and behaviours as they pertain to retirement planning.

Report | 108 pages | October 2014 | Judith MacBride-King | The Conference Board of Canada

An Employer’s Perspective: Retirement Savings and Preparedness

This report summarizes the information garnered through a 2014 survey of employers. The survey targeted HR executives and addressed key topics related to retirement planning, savings, and pension plans.

Report | 72 pages | October 2014 | Katie Fleming, Nicole Stewart | The Conference Board of Canada

The New Imperative: Driving Performance, Connecting to Value

Companies increasingly view health care as an important investment and want a greater return: they are still keenly interested in lowering costs but are also demanding better performance and value from providers.

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

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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