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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

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

Conferences

Pension Summit 2014: Time for Action ( Apr 28, Toronto)
Generations 2014: Successful Strategies for the Multigenerational Workplace ( Apr 29, Toronto)
Work and Workplaces of the Future: Implications for Western Canada ( May 5, Calgary)


Human Resource Management Research

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

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Realizing Potential Through Wellness – Making the Connection Between Health and Performance for you and your Organization

Understanding that employee wellness impacts performance, today’s challenges are to make the case for your health investment to senior management and decide how much to invest and where to get the greatest return. This 60-minute recorded webinar takes the form of a conversation between Bailey Vaez, President and Founder, Proactive Movement Inc. and the Conference Board of Canada’s Executive Conference Developer, John Brewer. This session explores the link between wellness and performance and propose some simple effective steps organizations can take to enhance both.

Recorded Webinar | April 2014 | The Conference Board of Canada

Big Data for Human Resources

This 60-minute recorded webinar features Phil Simon, noted technology expert and award-winning author of six business books. This session explores the concept of Big Data and how you can apply it as an HR professional. Simon demonstrates how Big Data can enable HR to better recognize talent, attract and retain the best workers, engage your current employees, and open up the channels of communication within your organization.

Recorded Webinar | April 2014 | The Conference Board of Canada

Building Capacity to Manage Change

Building Capacity to Manage Change looks at change management from the perspective of the HR leader. The briefing draws on relevant literature and a Conference Board survey to explore how organizations are experiencing and managing change.

Briefing | 14 pages | April 2014 | Ruth Wright, Erica Bernstein | The Conference Board of Canada

Human Resources Trends and Metrics: HR Measurement Benchmarking, Third Edition

Survey data collected from 169 respondents benchmarks measures related to talent management practices to help HR professionals understand human capital trends and provide insights to support business and strategic planning

Report | 127 pages | April 2014 | Heidi Martin, Ruth Wright, Allison Cowan | The Conference Board of Canada

The Best of the Best: Employee Engagement in Canada’s Top Organizations

Each year Aon Hewitt conducts its Best Employers in Canada survey. This study is the only national workplace research of its kind, providing an in-depth view into employee and leader opinions, comprehensive external benchmarking, and the expertise to identify the key priorities that drive engagement and performance in organizations across the country. Rob Lewis from Aon Hewitt presents a special 60-minute recorded webinar that presents key findings from this year’s research.

Recorded Webinar | March 2014 | The Conference Board of Canada

The Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Diversity & Inclusion (Vol. 4, No. 1, 2014)

This publication explores hot topics within diversity and inclusion research. This issue includes articles on demographic diversity in the workplace and the benefits of diversity for innovation and team dynamics.

Report | 16 pages | March 2014 | Jennifer Bustamante, Michelle Kan, Amanda Popiela | The Conference Board, Inc.

Emerging Lessons from the Disability Employment Tracker

With many companies now subject to new disability and veteran employment regulations, companies are using the Disability Employment Tracker to confidentially assess their readiness to launch or improve their hiring of people with disabilities and veterans.

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

Listening and Responding to Workplace Preferences of Millennials

The Conference Board of Canada and LoyaltyOne present a 60-minute recorded webinar that discusses the research findings from our recently released briefing entitled Overcoming barriers to Leadership for Young Women. This was a 15-page briefing that offers tips on how organization can make their talent management practices more objective and transparent in order to guard against unconscious gender bias.

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

The Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Employee Engagement (Vol. 3, No. 1, 2014)

This publication explores hot topics within employee engagement research by providing actionable summaries of contemporary literature.

Report | 18 pages | March 2014 | Alexander Mathew, Amanda Popiela, Jordan Stabley | The Conference Board, Inc.

Maximizing Social Media Channels for Talent Management

Social media channels are a powerful means for attracting, recruiting, engaging, and retaining talent. While many companies have used LinkedIn, Facebook, and other channels for recruiting, there is so much more that can be done.

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

Millennial Dilemma – Social Media Strategies for Onboarding

In this recorded session, attendees get a behind the scenes view of onboarding programs leveraging new technologies. Specifically this session looks at gamification to increase communication and engagement with new hires or transitioning talent.

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

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

In order to respond to workforce changes, HR professionals must not only embrace the use of data but take the lead in embedding a workforce analytics approach in their organization.

Report | 13 pages | February 2014 | Patti P. Phillips, Caroline Hubble | The Conference Board, Inc.

Public Sector HR 2014: Performance, Productivity, and Transformation

Now more than ever, public sector HR leaders are change, productivity, and performance experts. Budget cuts, demographic change, new technologies, and a new generation of public servants are ongoing challenges for HR leaders at all levels of government. The demands have continued to grow in recent years, and now there’s added attention at the federal level on performance and absenteeism.

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

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

This publication explores hot topics within talent management research and includes summaries on human capital trends, learning and development, talent acquisition, leadership development, performance management, coaching, and corporate universities.

Report | 20 pages | February 2014 | Amy Abel, Michelle Kan, Amanda Popiela, Jordan Stabley | The Conference Board, Inc.

How Teleworking Works Best: Organizational Shifts Ahead

As more people work from remote locations and are no longer tethered to brick and mortar facilities, flexible work arrangements like telework will simply be the way work is done.

Executive Action | 6 pages | February 2014 | Pat French, Susan Stewart | The Conference Board, Inc.

Learning and Development Outlook 2014: Strong Learning Organizations, Strong Leadership

This report provides an overview of the current state of learning and development (L&D) practices and programs across Canada, with particular attention paid to the impact of learning culture on organizational performance. Cette publication comprend un résumé en français.

Report | 113 pages | February 2014 | Colin Hall | The Conference Board of Canada

Work-Life Balance

This special 60-minute webinar addresses the impact of work overload on employee health and productivity. With more than half of Canadian employees (54 per cent) having more work to do than they can accomplish in the work day and having important demands at home, which can include childcare and eldercare, many employees are overloaded, overwhelmed and underperforming. The time is now to better educate employers on the challenges and help them to support a better work-life balance for their employees.

Recorded Webinar | January 2014 | The Conference Board of Canada

Truth Telling as a Catalyst for Change

Why is it so hard to tell each other the truth and act on it? This question hit close to home for PulteGroup as they navigated the economic and financial conditions of the hard-hit housing market. The company took a step back and looked at its performance to identify areas where it could build a stronger, more disciplined organization that would thrive in any market.

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

L’art d’équilibrer la vie professionnelle et personnelle

Ce webinaire spécial de 60 minutes traite des effets d’une charge de travail excessive sur la santé et la productivité des employés. Alors que plus de la moitié (54 %) des employés canadiens ont plus de travail qu’ils ne peuvent en faire dans leur journée, sans compter les importantes obligations de leur vie familiale pouvant inclure les soins aux enfants ou aux personnes âgées, de nombreux employés se sentent surchargés, sinon dépassés, et leur rendement est moins bon qu’il pourrait être. Le moment est venu de sensibiliser les employeurs à l’ampleur du problème et de les aider à mieux soutenir leurs employés dans leur recherche d’une vie professionnelle et personnelle équilibrée.

Recorded Webinar | January 2014 | Le Conference Board du Canada

The Art of Change Management: Lessons from the Trenches

During this webcast, change management leader Brenda Brinson will share how to "keep it simple and get it done" and clarify the needs of individuals, teams, and organizations.

Recorded Webinar | January 2014 | 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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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

U.S. Top Executive Compensation Report: 2013 Edition

This report examines the distribution amounts of several compensation elements for the CEO and the five highest paid executives of publicly listed companies in 2012, and the variation across industries.

Report | 120 pages | September 2013 | Kevin Hallock, Judit Torok | The Conference Board, Inc.

Executive Compensation: Snakes and Ladders—The Updated Game

The Conference Board of Canada and The Directors College present Executive Compensation: Snakes and Ladders—The Updated Game webinar, with Christopher Chen, National Director, Executive Compensation, Hay Group Limited and Bill Swirsky, Corporate Director.

Recorded Webinar | May 2013 | The Conference Board of Canada

Balancing Your Benefits Webinar

Get the story behind the numbers. We are pleased to present Balancing Your Benefits Webinar—a webinar that showcases the research findings and brings the Benchmarking Benefits 2012 report data to life.  You will come away with the insights you need to deal with today’s rapidly changing environment. Benchmark your programs against those of your peers and competitors to keep ahead of the pack as you compete for talent. This session will include presentations by report authors Karla Thorpe and Heidi Martin.

Recorded Webinar | March 2013 | The Conference Board of Canada

Director Compensation and Board Practices: 2013 Edition

This report analyzes findings from a 2012 survey of 359 companies issuing equity securities registered with the U.S. SEC and provides benchmarking information on the compensation awarded to individual board members in FY2011 and on board practices.

Report | 218 pages | February 2013 | Matteo Tonello | 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