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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

Culture of Engagement 2015 ( May 25-26, Calgary)

Human Resource Management Research

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

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2015 Industrial Relations Outlook Webinar

The Conference Board of Canada has just released the Industrial Relations Outlook 2015 . The latest edition of this popular report expects that the climate of moderate economic growth will likely temper expectations at collective bargaining tables across the country in 2015. Get the story behind the numbers and join us for the 60 minute webinar that showcases the research findings and brings the report to life. Come away with insights you need to deal with today's collective bargaining climate.

Recorded Webinar | February 2015 | Bryce Swerhun | The Conference Board of Canada

Workplace Bullying Primer: What It Is and How to Manage It

This briefing provides an introduction to workplace bullying and offers businesses and organizations some foundational tools for beginning to address workplace bullying in a more proactive manner.

Briefing | 39 pages | February 2015 | Ruth B. McKay, Ph.D., Jae Fratzl, M.A., A.T.R. | The Conference Board of Canada

ABC de l'intimidation en milieu de travail : Définition et solutions

Cette introduction à l’intimidation en milieu de travail donne aux entreprises et aux organisations quelques outils de base pour lutter contre ce phénomène de manière plus proactive. Cette publication comprend un résumé en français, suivi d'une version anglaise du rapport intégral.

Briefing | 43 pages | February 2015 | Jae Fratzl, M.A., A.T.R., Ruth B. McKay, Ph.D. | Le Conference Board du Canada

Rethinking Today’s Succession Strategies to Address Tomorrow’s Business Reality: Insights from the 2014 Succession Management Conference

To successfully address future business challenges, organizations need to be strategic about how they plan for future leadership. This includes identifying high performers early and preparing leaders through experiential learning.

Conference Keynotes | 11 pages | February 2015 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Buy, Build, Borrow, or None of the Above? New Options for Closing Global Talent Gaps

As talent shortages become all too real for HR practitioners, unique and creative solutions are going to be required to bridge the resulting gaps—and most likely not the ones routinely used. This report explains how to determine those solutions.

Report | 30 pages | February 2015 | Mary B. Young | The Conference Board, Inc.

The DNA of Engagement: How Organizations Create and Sustain Highly Engaging Cultures (Strategic Overview)

Highly engaged workforces can mean the difference between surviving and winning. Engagement boosts business performance, agility, and retention of talent. But exactly how do organizations achieve higher levels of engagement?

Report | 8 pages | February 2015 | David A. Dye, Patrick Hyland, Joe Kaplan, Adam Pressman, Rebecca L. Ray | The Conference Board, Inc.

The Evolution of D&I Management: Current Trends in an Era of Globalization

Implementing behavioral interventions to address unconscious bias and using analytics to measure D&I progress are two practices uncovered in our interviews with over 30 D&I thought leaders.

Report | 32 pages | February 2015 | Rebecca L. Ray, Jennifer Bustamante, Jordan Stabley, Charles Mitchell | The Conference Board, Inc.

How to adopt and maintain physical activity in the workplace - Fit at Work

Despite overwhelming evidence of the benefits of regular physical activity, participation remains very low among Canadian adults. To combat this sedentary lifestyle, many organizations across the country are promoting their own workplace activity programs, and unfortunately, have had mixed results. So can these programs work? How can you design programs that motivate your employees to get active, and stick with it? Join Dr. Ryan Rhodes from the University of Victoria’s Behavioural Medicine Lab as he overviews the benefits of regular physical activity from personal health, workplace wellness, and economic perspectives, and what organizations can do to promote these programs among their employees. Dr. Rhodes discusses contemporary evidence for physical activity promotion in terms of cutting edge research on motivation and the mixed effectiveness of incentives in workplace physical activity programs.

Recorded Webinar | February 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Global Economic Outlook 2015: How Will the Global Economy Cope with Slowing Workforce Growth: Implications for the CHRO

Slower economic growth contributes to a smaller labor supply. Labor productivity can offset this, and it will mainly come from investments in innovation and new technology. But to see returns, CHROs will need to maximize their human capital.

Report | 8 pages | February 2015 | Bart van Ark | The Conference Board, Inc.

The link between physical activity and productivity - Fit at Work

Sedentary lifestyles have a negative impact on physical health, but can they also be affecting your organizations bottom line? Recent Conference Board research has shown that simply getting 10 per cent of Canadians with suboptimal levels of physical activity to exercise more and reduce sedentary behaviour—starting in 2015—GDP will increase by nearly $1.6 billion by 2040. The benefits of increasing healthy living are clear, but changing long-held habits doesn’t happen overnight. So how can organizations promote physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviours in their workplaces?

Recorded Webinar | January 2015 | Louise Chenier | The Conference Board of Canada

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

Strategic workforce planning (SWP) is an important business planning tool and is increasingly seen as a top human resources priority for many Canadian organizations. SWP helps business and HR leaders understand the kind of workforce required to deliver on their business strategy. This 60-minute live webinar will present research findings from the forthcoming Conference Board of Canada report.

Recorded Webinar | January 2015 | Pedro Antunes, Richard Brisbois | The Conference Board of Canada

Framing Social Impact Measurement: CHRO Implications

For human resources professionals, impact often comes in the form of social outcomes, talent development, and business value. Measuring these effectively could mean more successful employee engagement.

Report | 8 pages | January 2015 | Alexander Parkinson | The Conference Board, Inc.

The Millennial Labour Movement: Younger Workers and Union Renewal

Unionization rates have stagnated or are falling across the country, especially in the private sector. The future viability and relevance of Canadian labour unions depends, at least in part, on the engagement of the emerging millennial workforce. The challenge for unions—as it is for employers—is to better understand the needs and interests that are of specific concern to younger workers, and those that may differ from other segments of the workforce. But will it be enough? In this new environment, how can union leaders juggle increasing membership in Millennials while also defending the value of unions to workers and demonstrating strength and solidarity to employers?

Recorded Webinar | January 2015 | Bryce Swerhun | The Conference Board of Canada

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 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.

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

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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

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.

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.

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

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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