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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

Setting Up for a Sustainable New Year’s Resolution

January 14, 2015

A Quick Glance at Express Entry

December 22, 2014

Leadership Development

December 12, 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

Atlantic Canada HR Summit 2015: Innovative People Practices in the Emerging Talent Decade ( Feb 25-26, Halifax)


Human Resource Management Research

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

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Best Practices and Trends in Coaching: An Interview with Ross Roxburgh and Sandra Oliver

In this briefing, two leading coaching practitioners—Sandra Oliver of Impact Coaching and Ross Roxburgh of The Niagara Institute—discuss executive coaching trends and provide guidance on using coaching effectively.

Executive Action Report | 15 pages | January 2015 | Katie O’Brien | The Conference Board of Canada

Change Leadership: Leading and Managing Change

At a time when the nature of change is rampant and fast, evolving at an incredibly accelerated pace, becoming more complex and interconnected, developing and supporting leaders to effectively lead and manage the various types of organizational change is more critical than ever. This recorded 60-minute webinar explores the critical issues and trends associated with the increasing pace and complexity of change.

Recorded Webinar | January 2015 | Donna Burnett Vachon | The Conference Board of Canada

The Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2015: Creating Opportunity out of Adversity—Building Innovative, People-Driven Organizations

CEOs are undeterred in their quest for new sources of growth and show few signs of hunkering down in the defensive postures seen in the years immediately following the 2008 financial crisis.

Report | 54 pages | January 2015 | Charles Mitchell, Rebecca L. Ray, Bart van Ark | The Conference Board, Inc.

The 2014 Executive Coaching Survey

External and internal coaching are being used to develop critical skills. This report focuses on both practices and allows organizations to benchmark against more than 140 respondents.

Report | 46 pages | January 2015 | Amy Lui Abel | The Conference Board, Inc.

Industrial Relations IR Outlook 2015

Moderate economic growth will likely temper expectations at collective bargaining tables across the country in 2015. Labour relations will play an increasingly strategic role as unionized organizations engage in long-term human resources planning. Register for the Industrial Relations Webinar on February 24, 2015 at 11:00am ET.

Report | 62 pages | December 2014 | Bryce Swerhun, David Shepherdson | The Conference Board of Canada

Les relations industrielles en 2015

Une croissance modeste freinera sans doute les attentes aux tables de négociation partout au pays en 2015. Les relations de travail joueront un rôle stratégique alors que les organisations syndiquées amorceront la planification à long terme de leur capital humain.  Cette publication comprend un résumé en français, suivi d'une version anglaise du rapport intégral.

Report | 68 pages | December 2014 | David K. Shepherdson, Bryce Swerhun | The Conference Board of Canada

Leadership Development in Canada: A Webinar on the Snapshot of Practices and Opportunities

The Conference Board has released A Snapshot of Leadership Development Practices in Canada which provides details on leadership development priorities and practices in Canada, and identifies opportunities, gaps, and specific areas for further investigation. The report highlights are explored in a 60-minute webinar featuring Donna Burnett-Vachon, Associate Director the Leadership and Human Resources Research Division of The Conference Board of Canada. Joining Donna for the webinar is Jim Clemmer, President of The CLEMMER Group and renowned leadership expert. He draws on his experiences and insights to discuss how Canadian organizations can make a best-in-class impact through their leadership development programs.

Recorded Webinar | December 2014 | Donna Burnett Vachon | The Conference Board of Canada

Domestic Violence in the Workplace: The Impact on Canadian Workers

Canadian employers lose $77.9 million annually due to the direct and indirect impacts of domestic violence on workers and workplaces and the costs, to individuals, families and society, go far beyond that. However, we know very little about the scope and impacts of this problem in Canada, and international evidence is only starting to emerge. This 60 minute recorded webinar is led by Barb MacQuarrie, Community Director of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children in the Faculty of Education at Western University.

Recorded Webinar | December 2014 | The Conference Board of Canada

Mitigating Unconscious Bias in Performance Management

A traditional annual performance appraisal is an opportunity for companies and organizations to increase the strength and diversity of their talent pipelines. However, our unintended, unconscious biases often hijack our mind and permit us to make decisions that project our experiences and values onto others. When this sort of thinking is prevalent in talent management processes, it can quickly reduce representational diversity.

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

Succession Management Webinar: Growing Your Talent

A new organizational model is emerging—one that is significantly flatter and more efficient. In this environment, it is no longer sufficient to plan for succession at the executive level alone. Organizations must also consider management and mission-critical roles, which are crucial to organizational success and need to be integrated into a broader succession management strategy. This recorded webinar looks at the shift from succession planning to succession management and assessing future workforce needs.

Recorded Webinar | November 2014 | Donna Burnett Vachon, Katie O’Brien | 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.

DNA of Engagement: How Organizations Create and Sustain Highly Engaging Cultures: ELEMENTS OF ENGAGE

Assess the level of engagement at your organization and identify the strengths or challenges you may face toward becoming “highly engaged”

Report | 3 pages | November 2014 | David A. Dye, Patrick Hyland, Joe Kaplan, Adam Pressman, Rebecca L. Ray | The Conference Board, Inc.

Engaging Canada’s Emerging Leaders: The Gen Y Workforce

In 2025, approximately 75 per cent of the Canadian workforce will be comprised of “millennials,” a generation characterized by traits such as entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, a desire for work-life integration and, in many cases, a lack of patience in the job market. A recent Intuit report indicates that Canada's millennials are twice as likely as previous generations to become entrepreneurs and create their own companies. Now is the time for companies to attract and retain this emerging talent, and subsequently take advantage of their abilities. This special 60-minute recorded webinar explores how to attract, integrate and retain emerging leaders. Eric Termuende and Emerson Csorba, Directors with Gen Y Inc., a Canadian firm recognized by The Globe and Mail and CBC as a “disruptor” in its field, will share research and best practices on the millennial generation.

Recorded Webinar | November 2014 | The Conference Board of Canada

Tackling Resistance to Change at an Individual Level

How do your people react to the relentless pressure of change? Often, they resist—and, thus, executives must work to help people adapt. Unfortunately, leaders too often only react to resistance as it happens, at which point it’s sometimes too late. What if, instead, you could predict which employees might be especially resistant to change and could take action preemptively? This session reviews a case study of an enterprise-wide ERP project in which individual resistance was measured and successfully managed.

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

Tendances et mesures dans les ressources humaines, troisième édition : La planification stratégique des effectifs dans le contexte canadien

Cette étude présente le contexte de la planification stratégique de la main-d’œuvre au Canada, en fournissant des indications sur l’évolution du milieu des affaires, de la population active et des caractéristiques démographiques et en dégageant les tendances de leur évolution.

Rapport | 64 pages | November 2014 | Richard Brisbois, Heidi Martin | The Conference Board of Canada

HR Trends and Metrics, Third Edition: The Canadian Context for Strategic Workforce Planning

This report presents the context for strategic workforce planning in Canada by identifying trends and providing insights related to the changing business environment, labour force, and demographics. Register for the HR Trends and Metrics Webinar on January 26, 2015 at 2:00pm ET.

Report | 60 pages | November 2014 | Heidi Martin, Richard Brisbois | The Conference Board of Canada

The Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Talent Management (Vol. 4, No. 2, 2014)

This publication explores hot topics in talent management research and includes summaries on human capital trends. Topics include China's talent landscape and use of social media to identify potential hires.

Report | 18 pages | October 2014 | Michelle Kan, Amy Lui Abel, Amanda Popiela, Rebecca L. Ray, Jordan Stabley | The Conference Board, Inc.

HR Trends and Metrics: Using Data to Build Workforce Capacity

This 60 minute webinar is based on the new report Human Resource Trends and Metrics: HR Measurement Benchmarking, Third Edition. The webinar brings the report details to life. It provides the context for HR measurement and why measurement is a necessary element for building workforce capacity. The webinar also provides human resources and business leaders with detailed and comprehensive benchmark findings and insights relating to the talent management continuum. It helps organizations and HR professionals understand trends relating to acquiring, developing, rewarding, leading, and engaging their workforces.

Recorded Webinar | October 2014 | Heidi Martin, Ruth Wright | The Conference Board of Canada

HR 2014: The Next Generation of HR

The expectations of HR have never been greater. Business leaders expect HR to play a central role in strategic development and driving business growth, and they want results fast. This will require bold, inventive thinking, and the ability to deliver solutions that add business value. It will also require the ability to rethink everything HR does, and navigate challenging issues with senior management.

Conference e-Proceedings | October 2014 | 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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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 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

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

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.

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. Register for the Retirement Readiness Webinar on February 13, 2015 at 2:00pm EST.

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

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

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. Register for the Retirement Preparedness Webinar on February 13, 2015 at 2:00pm EST.

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.

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

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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