Human Resources Spotlight Series

This series explores trending topics in human resources (HR) using two methods: spotlight reports and case studies. The spotlight reports are short, easily digestible pieces that examine best practices in the HR space, including:

  1. flexible work arrangements
  2. inclusive practices
  3. actions that support workplace mental health
  4. ways to support retirement-age workers

The case studies will highlight various Canadian organizations that have adopted these best practices and examine how, in doing so, they have improved their workplace’s diversity, wellbeing, and productivity.

Call for applications

Are you part of a forward-thinking organization that has embarked on an innovative Human Resource (HR) strategy? Spotlight Case Studies are a great way to showcase your organization’s journey and impactful outcomes on a national platform. If you believe your story would benefit other Canadian HR leaders and would like to be considered as a featured Case Study, we would love to hear from you.

Recent and upcoming research

More planned research is still upcoming.

Leveraging Data in Succession Planning

July 15, 2024

In January 2024, The Conference Board of Canada reached out to our network of HR leaders to uncover their top priorities in succession planning. What emerged was a clear interest in reducing bias, integrating a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) perspective, and enhancing support for leaders in making succession decisions, including the adoption of innovative tools like artificial intelligence (AI).

Case study  •  8-min read

Data-Driven Insights in Human Resources Management

July 4, 2024

Business decisions, including those that directly impact employees, should be firmly rooted in data-based evidence. Recognizing this, more human resources (HR) professionals are using employee and organizational data (e.g., performance ratings, absenteeism, and turnover rates) to inform their decision-making processes, policies, and procedures.

Issue briefing  •  10-min read

The Impact of AI on the HR Function: Issue Briefing


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The Impact of AI on the HR Function: Issue Briefing


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The Impact of AI on the HR Function: Case Study


Case study  •  XX-min read

Pay Transparency: Issue Briefing


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Pay Transparency: Case Study


Case study  •  XX-min read

Rethinking Career Pathing: Issue Briefing


Issue briefing  •  XX-min read

Rethinking Career Pathing: Case Study


Case study  •  XX-min read

AIMCo’s Approach to Results-Based Work

March 25, 2024

In light of the changes the pandemic has brought to the way work is done, AIMCo saw an opportunity to align its talent management framework with a new way of working. In AIMCo’s new normal, results are what matter.

Case study  •  11-min read

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Results-Based Work Models

November 28, 2023

In today’s fast-paced and ever-evolving work environment, organizations are looking for new ways to enhance productivity and engagement to achieve better results. One area that has seen a recent boost in interest is management strategies that focus on results.

Issue briefing  •  12-min read

Detoxing Meeting Culture

October 18, 2023

Over the past three years, the mass shift from in-person to remote work led to the phenomenon known as “meeting culture”—where workers have an excessive number of meetings that tend to dominate their workdays. While many employees have returned to hybrid or in-person work in the last year or so, meeting culture continues unabated.

Issue briefing  •  7-min read

How a Four-Day Workweek Can Benefit Your Organization

July 13, 2023

For many knowledge workers, the 40-hour, five-day workweek has been the norm since the start of their careers. Henry Ford popularized this structure in 1926 in an effort to increase the productivity of his automotive factories, which were operating seven days a week. 

Issue briefing  •  10-min read

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Adding Up the Benefits of Remote and Hybrid Work

June 1, 2023

Flexible working models like hybrid and remote work can be highly innovative and empowering work environments for employees. Employees can choose to work in an environment that best suits a mix of the performance requirements for their role, their personality type, and sometimes their lifestyle preference.

Issue briefing  •  6-min read

How to apply this research

Are you looking for ways to improve your workplace?

The Human Resources Spotlight Series will provide insight into actions that organizations are taking to attract and retain key talent, improve diversity and inclusion, and allow employees to customize their work experience.

If you are a leader in human resources, equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), or workplace health and wellness, this series will highlight initiatives that you can implement in your own workplace to build and maintain an inclusive, engaged, and effective workforce.

Research in detail

Enhancing Engagement: The Power of Results-Based Work

This research looks at performance-driven results-based work (RBW) models as a possible strategy for organizations looking for new ways to enhance productivity and engagement to achieve better results.


While many factors contribute to an organization’s overall success, what matters most are the people. For an organization to succeed in the long run, whether success is measured by workplace well-being, attraction and retention, productivity, or revenue targets, the key ingredient is ensuring that employees are engaged, motivated, physically and mentally well, and ready to bring the best version of themselves to work.

This series will help professionals working in human resources, workplace health and wellness, and EDI stay abreast of what’s new and current in their respective fields. It will highlight action-focused initiatives that organizations can implement to improve attraction and retention, employee well-being and, ultimately, productivity.


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Principal Research Associate, Human Capital

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Senior Research Associate, Human Capital

Liz Marcil

Associate Director, Human Capital

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