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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

Dementia: Coming to a Workplace Near You

October 10, 2014

Curbing Work Absences by Implementing an Effective Disability Management Program

October 01, 2014

What’s sleep got to do with workplace wellness? More than you think!

September 26, 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


Western Compensation and HR Outlook 2014 ( Nov 19, Calgary)
Benefits and Disability Management West 2014 ( Nov 20, Calgary)
Public Sector Transformation West 2014 ( Dec 2-4, Edmonton)

Human Resource Management Research

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

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Public Sector Human Resources 2010: Building Capability for Future Challenges

Perhaps the greatest challenge for public sector HR professionals is to keep up with the pace of change at a time when the public sector and its need are becoming even more complex. This Conference e-Proceeding will help you identify the most significant changes in your environment, develop a plan for the future, and deploy strategies and tools to ensure success. You’ll learn about best practices from across the public sector that deal with globalization, demographics, technology, and workforce planning.

Conference Recordings | March 2010 | The Conference Board of Canada

Beyond Benefits: Creating a Culture of Health and Wellness in Canadian Organizations

Workplace health and wellness initiatives provide value to organizations. This report examines workplace health and wellness programs and practices currently in place in Canadian organizations.

Report | 36 pages | February 2010 | Nicole Stewart | The Conference Board of Canada

Industrial Relations Outlook: A Recovery Offering Little Relief

Universal labour peace is unlikely in the coming year. Public sector unions are bargaining in the face of substantial fiscal deficits and private sector unions will be focused on protecting benefits and defending jobs.

Report | 28 pages | January 2010 | David K. Shepherdson | The Conference Board of Canada

A Global Barometer for Measuring Employee Engagement

This report shows that a robust measure of employee engagement can be constructed with just eight basic questions—termed The Conference Board Employee Engagement Barometer.TM

Report | 12 pages | January 2010 | John Gibbons, Russell K. Schutt | The Conference Board, Inc.

Strategic Workforce Planning in Global Organizations

This report describes how SWP adds value by helping global companies make better business decisions. It details what it takes for companies to advance from a fledgling effort to a more robust version of SWP.

Report | 40 pages | January 2010 | Mary B. Young | The Conference Board, Inc.

I Can’t Get No...Job Satisfaction, That Is

In the 2009 edition of an annual job satisfaction survey conducted for The Conference Board, only 45 percent of Americans said they were satisfied with their jobs.

Report | 14 pages | January 2010 | Linda Barrington, Lynn Franco | The Conference Board, Inc.

Workplace Diversity and Inclusiveness 2009

Now that the focus has shifted from recruitment to performance, many organizations may fail to recognize the business value of diversity as they pursue short-term business gains. This Conference e-Proceedings focuses on how your organization can capitalize on its diversity and create a more inclusive workforce. Learn from the innovators’ best practice case studies and hear practical tips from the experts on how you can increase the value of inclusiveness to your organization.

Conference Recordings | January 2010 | The Conference Board of Canada

Investing in Learning during Feast or Famine

This webcast discusses strategies to develop exceptional learning and development initiatives regardless of the economic climate.

Recorded Webinar | December 2009 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Strengthening Collaboration at the Intersection of HR and Ethics

Working at the Intersection of Human Resources, Ethics and Compliance—The Need for Collaboration documents the findings of a 2008 research project investigating the opportunities and challenges inherent in interdepartmental and interfunctional collaboration between human resources and ethics and compliance.

Recorded Webinar | December 2009 | Ronald E. Berenbeim | The Conference Board of Canada

The Impact of Workforce Reductions on Layoff "Survivors"

This Executive Action features data on how layoffs were conducted, what support is being offered to employees who are leaving and who are staying, and some write-in comments on how respondents’ roles and companies are changing.

Executive Action Report | 8 pages | December 2009 | Stephanie J. Creary | The Conference Board, Inc.

HR Summit 2009: Building Organizational Resilience and Sustainability

The immediate challenges for HR leaders in today’s volatile business climate include “right-sizing” and rationalization to control costs. In this Conference e-Proceedings, you will find out from experts how to optimize the HR value proposition during unprecedented change. Learn how your HR strategies can increase “change-ability,” organizational agility, and immediate and long-term employee performance by protecting top talent and skills, building trust and responsible management, reducing costs, improving communications, and integrating new technology.

Conference Recordings | October 2009 | The Conference Board of Canada

HR Strategies for Responding to H1N1 Webinar

On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization declared the first pandemic since 1968. The outbreak has surprised almost everyone—and the surprises may not be over. While not everything is known about the H1N1 virus, the second wave will continue to challenge organizations and threaten operations.

Recorded Webinar | October 2009 | Andrew Archibald | The Conference Board of Canada

Working at the Intersection of Human Resources, Ethics, and Compliance - The Need for Collaboration

The publication pursues cultural and organizational issues that may limit this collaboration, human resources' potential leadership role, and ways of introducing metrics into the equation.

Report | 23 pages | October 2009 | Ronald E. Berenbeim | The Conference Board, Inc.

Work-Life Return on Investment

This 60-minute session will explore how organizations are aligning work-life balance practices with their broader HR strategies, and integrating them into their business objectives.

Recorded Webinar | September 2009 | Donna Lero, Kathryn Zettel | The Conference Board of Canada

Building Risk Awareness into Performance: Integrating ERM and Performance Management

This report explores the reasons behind the lack of ERM and performance management integration through an examination of the results of a survey of 97 senior executives.

Report | 23 pages | September 2009 | Ellen S. Hexter, Daniel Sandy Bayer | The Conference Board, Inc.

A Perfect Match? How Nonprofits Are Tapping into the Boomer Talent Pool

This report explores the growing trend of nonprofits to recruit boomers and the things both sides need to do to make this very promising relationship work.

Report | 53 pages | August 2009 | Jill Casner-Lotto, Diane Piktialis | The Conference Board, Inc.

Learning and Development Outlook 2009: Learning in Tough Times

Organizations are trimming employee training opportunities—perhaps partly because Canadian organizations are learning more informally than in the past. This report includes benchmarks that organizations can use to measure their own training functions.

Report | 72 pages | August 2009 | Alison Howard, P. Derek Hughes | The Conference Board of Canada

Positioning for Growth in Better Economic Times

This webcast will help Human Resource Executives better understand the human capital drivers of successful restructuring and key considerations throughout the phases of restructuring.

Recorded Webinar | July 2009 | The Conference Board, Inc.

The Ill-Prepared U.S. Workforce

This report raises several questions concerning the overall effectiveness of workforce readiness training programs.

Report | 22 pages | July 2009 | Jill Casner-Lotto, Mary Wright | The Conference Board, Inc.

Relieving Pressures to Eliminate Jobs

Brief reports, produced weekly by the Conference Board, Inc., that address the most pressing business issues of the day.

Executive Action Report | 7 pages | July 2009 | Howard Muson | 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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Compensation Planning

Map showing the Average Salary Increases 2013 by Region in Canada

Women in Leadership

Women in Leadership Infographic

ROI from Wellness Programs