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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

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HR Blog

Standing Up to the Health Risks of Sitting Down

January 29, 2014

The Rewards of Union Membership

January 20, 2014

Minding What Matters: Gaps in Programs for Employees With Mental Health Issues Persist

January 15, 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


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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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.

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.

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.

Transformational Leadership with Doug Williamson

Canadian companies are at risk of falling behind the rest of the world, and lack of leadership is part of the problem. This recorded webinar discusses the state of leadership in Canada, and the steps companies can take to ensure they have the leaders they need to grow and nurture their business and the economy.

Recorded Webinar | June 2014 | The Conference Board of Canada

Tapping Hidden Talent Pools: Recruiting, Developing, and Retaining Veterans and People with Disabilities

This report provides in-depth explanation and interpretation of the changes in these regulations to provide businesses with the tools to employ veterans and people with disabilities in this new paradigm.

Report | 47 pages | June 2014 | Jennifer Bustamante, Matthew Saleh | The Conference Board, Inc.

The Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Strategic Workforce Planning (Vol. 4, No. 1, 2014)

This publication explores hot topics within strategic workforce planning research and includes articles on current trends in using human capital analytics in SWP and M&A and the “datafication of HR.”

Report | 18 pages | May 2014 | Mary B. Young, Michelle Kan, Jordan Stabley | The Conference Board, Inc.

Viewing the Multi-Generational Workplace Through the Lens of Human Capital Risk

While still an emerging field, Human Capital Risk Management (HCR) has established itself in many forward thinking organizations as a practical way to forge a strong link between HR and the business. When applied to issues such as talent and workforce planning it can provide a fresh perspective that identifies threats and opportunities to the organization that otherwise would have been overlooked. The Conference Board of Canada and n-gen People Performance present this 60-minute recorded webinar that looks specifically at how the generational perspective can add further value both to HCR but also to any HR leader looking to deliver genuine strategic value. It does this by drawing on case studies from four leading organizations – Ernst & Young, Shoppers Drug Mart, VHA Home Healthcare and Deloitte.

Recorded Webinar | May 2014 | The Conference Board of Canada

A Snapshot of Leadership Development Practices in Canada

CEOs are turning inward and developing their internal capacity. This report discusses why this is critical for coping with ever-changing business environments and dealing with increasing talent and skills shortages.

Report | 48 pages | May 2014 | Colin Hall, Katie O’Brien | The Conference Board of Canada

Succession Management: A Better Approach to Succession Planning

It is no longer enough to plan for succession at the executive level alone. Organizations must now also consider management and mission-critical roles. This briefing examines how organizations can manage succession more strategically.

Briefing | 10 pages | May 2014 | Katie O’Brien | The Conference Board of Canada

Scenario Planning for Human Resources and Strategic Workforce Planning

Scenario planning can enhance the value of "basic" strategic workforce planning. Although it can't predict the future, scenario planning can help companies determine strategic options.

Report | 19 pages | May 2014 | The Conference Board, Inc.

The 2014 Executive Coaching Conference KeyNotes Report: Leveraging the Impact of Coaching on Business-Driven Talent Management Practices

Executive coaching is due for an upgrade—from a focus on metrics to a focus on interpersonal communication and the resulting employee engagement.

Report | 8 pages | May 2014 | Corporate Authorship TCB | The Conference Board, Inc.

In Conversation with Penny Partridge

In this “In Conversation With” executive action profile, Penny Partridge, Human Capital Leader of PwC, provides her insights on the importance of integrating people and business strategies. Having her HR team integrated with the organization’s business leadership is critical to attracting and retaining the right people, and delivering to external clients.

Executive Action Report | 3 pages | May 2014 | Simon Cotsman, Ian Cullwick | The Conference Board of Canada

Generations 2014: Successful Strategies for the Multigenerational Workplace

The headlines indicate how the workplace is changing, as a new generation moves in and up, and boomers move out. As this demographic shift changes the workforce, innovators are proactively managing the process and reaping the rewards of higher engagement, productivity, and performance.

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

Health and Safety—Views From the Top: A Spectrum of Safety at Niagara Casinos

This briefing is one of a series, produced by the Conference Board’s Health and Safety Leadership Centre, to promote health and safety in Canadian organizations and build senior leadership engagement.

Executive Action Report | 4 pages | May 2014 | Bryce Swerhun | 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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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

Compensation Planning Outlook 2014

As we approach 2014, competitive pressures to control costs will require careful allocation of compensation dollars. Although salary increases are expected to remain moderate, Canadian workers can still expect to see some real wage gains. Cette publication comprend un résumé en français.

Report | 43 pages | October 2013 | Nicole Stewart, Elyse Lamontagne | The Conference Board of Canada

Creating an Effective Workplace Disability Management Program

Effective and comprehensive workplace disability management programs can help employers control health-related costs. This briefing provides a framework that employers can use to design an effective disability management program.

Briefing | 12 pages | October 2013 | Louise Chenier | The Conference Board of Canada

Missing in Action: Absenteeism Trends in Canadian Organizations

What is the cost of absenteeism in Canadian organizations? This briefing discusses the topic in detail, and notes that less than half of Canadian organizations currently track employee absences.

Briefing | 11 pages | September 2013 | Nicole Stewart | The Conference Board of Canada

Quand les employés manquent à l’appel : L’absentéisme dans les organisations canadiennes

Combien coûte l’absentéisme aux organisations canadiennes? Cette note d’information traite de ce sujet en détail et signale que moins de la moitié des organisations canadiennes suivent les absences de leurs employés.

Note d'information | 12 pages | September 2013 | Nicole Stewart | Le Conference Board du Canada

Smoking Cessation and the Workplace Webinar

Smoking Cessation and the Workplace Webinar is a 60-minute session where Karla Thorpe and Louise Chenier from the Conference Board of Canada discuss new research that explores smoking in the workplace, including why employers have a role to play in an integrated approach to smoking cessation programs.

Recorded Webinar | September 2013 | 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