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Top speakers from #hrpa2015 that you shouldn't miss

Posted by James Rubec on Mon, Jan 19, 2015 @ 08:44 AM

who we’re excited to hear from at #hrpa2015

Crossing the Line in the Workplace: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 4:30 - 5:30 PM

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On Thursday be sure to listen in on a full panel discussion that will dig into workplace harassment, what can be done to prevent it and why it is happening at all, the panel features Edward Greenspon, @egreenspon, the former editor of the Globe and Mail and Dr. Sandy Welsh, @sandywelsh and expert in diversity, sociology and workplace culture who will break the issue down and have an exciting discussion.

Seizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable World: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 8:15–10:00 a.m.

With so much changing all around us, it is the perfect time to listen to Frans Johansson, @Frans_Johansson, an entrepreneur and author will explore eye opening moments that help people and businesses transition to new paradigms. With a system in place to manage change and the unexpected you can grow your career with more confidence. 

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BontisHandInformation Bombardment: Rising Above the Digital Onslaught: Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 8:15 -10:00 a.m.

We have too much information available to us at any one time. Dr. Nick Bontis, @NickBontis, is going to share insights from his book about how to segment the information we’re receiving, improve our productivity and learn faster. 

Think Like A Freak: Friday, January 23, 2015, 8:00 – 9:45 a.m.

StephenJIf you haven’t read Freakonomics you are missing one of the most dynamic shifts in perspective and understanding how the gears of business actually shift. Join author and journalist, Stephen J. Dubner, @freakonomics as he shares ways to train your brain to be more creative and successful.

Why not join @RandstadCanada on the floor at #HRPA2015 at booth 114, or share your thoughts wIith us on Twitter.

 

Register with us today to meet with our team at #HRPA2015 and receive a copy of the Randstad Canada 2015 Compensation Survey, the foremost resource for salary information for Human Resources Professionals, or anyone looking for a human resources job.

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Think you know HR? Take the quiz before #HRPA2015

Posted by James Rubec on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 @ 02:32 PM

How well do you know Human Resources take our quiz and prepare for our quiz live on the floor of HRPA2015.

 

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Join us on the floor of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, January 21 - 23 and take a similar quiz for your chance to win a leather briefcase. 

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6 Reasons to attend conferences like #HRPA2015

Posted by James Rubec on Mon, Jan 05, 2015 @ 09:58 AM

HRPA2015_Conference_Toronto_-_2Today we’re bombarded by information; we’re emailed action plans, resumes, projections and presentations. We are on the phone at work, during our commute, at home and in bed and when we’re not, we’re worrying about getting more things done.

Conferences, likes #HRPA2015, in Toronto on January 21 – 23, give us the opportunity to disconnect from some of that bombardment, we get to slow down, meet people and most importantly listen to others.

1. Networking is informal training: When we network, we’re doing more than collecting business cards. We are talking with our contemporaries, discussing similar situations; in some cases have substantive discussions about problems both parties may be experiencing. Great networkers engage with new contacts immediately – if you are speaking with an expert listen to what they have to say, it could spur a breakthrough on a problem you’ve worked on for months. If you are looking for human resources jobs or new oppportunities conferences are key to your networking strategy.

2. New suppliers can be better suppliers: Conferences and tradeshows in some part are about giving business opportunities to find new clients. Don’t be afraid to be sold to. New systems, processes or service providers can bring new energy to an internal discussion, they can give you context on the costs and barriers to completing important projects and a little competition has never hurt a renegotiation in the New Year.

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3. Raise your awareness: There are business and industry issues you aren’t aware of. No one omnipresent – although attending an industry conference is a way to get closer to it. Ask questions, engage in conversations, share what you are learning and experiencing and people will do the same with you.

4. Find latest research: There are always presentations on new pieces of research that you can listen to then read up on later. Nothing heads off criticism of a program better than backing it up with industry leading research. Arm yourself with the best information available and try to get copies of studies at conferences.

5. Recharge your career batteries: Sometimes you need an exciting conversation about your industry to give yourself a boost or remind yourself why you are in your field of work. Conferences are about promoting your success, educating and selling yourself or services to the industry – the stories of success shared are inspiring, take advantage and charge yourself to full.

6. Listen to Great speakers: Attendees and suppliers aside, you are going to the #HRPA2015 to hear from the great set of speakers. Conferences give industry experts and great presenters the platform to share their craft and knowledge with you. Go and hear from them and bring what you learned back to your organization.

 

Who we’re excited to hear from at #HRPA2015

Crossing the Line in the Workplace: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 4:30 - 5:30 PM

Dr._Sandy_WelshThis panel discussion will dig into workplace harassment, what can be done to prevent it and why it is happening at all, the panel features Edward Greenspon, @egreenspon, the former editor of the Globe and Mail and Dr. Sandy Welsh, @sandywelsh and expert in diversity, sociology and workplace culture who will break the issue down and have an exciting discussion.

Seizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable World: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 8:15–10:00 a.m.

Frans Johansson, @Frans_Johansson, an entrepreneur and author will explore eye opening moments that help people and businesses transition to new paradigms.

BontisHandInformation Bombardment: Rising Above the Digital Onslaught: Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 8:15 -10:00 a.m.

Back to the point on information overload, Dr. Nick Bontis, @NickBontis, is going to share insights from his book about how to segment the information we’re receiving, improve our productivity and learn faster.

Think Like A Freak: Friday, January 23, 2015, 8:00 – 9:45 a.m.

StephenJIf you haven’t read Freakonomics you are missing one of the most dynamic shifts in perspective and understanding how the gears of business actually shift. Join author and journalist, Stephen J. Dubner, @freakonomics as he shares ways to train your brain to be more creative and successful.

Why not join @RandstadCanada on the floor at #HRPA2015 at booth 114, or share your thoughts wIith us on Twitter.

 

Register with us today to meet with our team at #HRPA2015 and receive a copy of the Randstad Canada 2015 Compensation Survey, the foremost resource for salary information.

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Best Blogs of 2014: Randstad Canada Year in Review

Posted by James Rubec on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 @ 09:52 AM

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In 2014, we learned on the Randstad blog what you want to share, what you want to read and how we can help you advance your career. Our four most popular themes were pieces on; Jobs & the Economy – covering things like labour news and trends in employment; Leadership & Ethics which featured our Women Shaping Business programming and more personal pieces about professional advancement and propelling your personal brand; Skills & People, covering how you can manage your career; and Culture & Brand how companies can attract candidates to their companies, retain them when they get there and build engaging cultures as discussed through our Randstad Award and employer branding campaigns.

Our most shared and read articles are found here, take a moment to explore them and the year that’s passed. We at the Randstad Blog hope you had a wonderful year where you have made progress in your professional lives and engaged in your community – Happy Holidays and we wish you a successful 2015.

Randstad Blog’s Top 10 Articles of 2014

One: Canada's Most Wanted Professionals: Top Jobs 2014

 
Take a look at what Randstad Canada saw as the most in-demand roles in 2015 across the country and across all industries.

Two: How I overcame the impostor syndrome

Hear from Randstad Canada’s Communications Manager, Marie-Noelle Morency about how she’s overcome imposter syndrome and how you can too.

infographic-job-boom-v002-k_(1)-resized-600-1Three: 6 Reasons Calgary’s Job Market Is Booming

Calgary, Alberta was an important part of the Canadian economy in 2014, with some economists attributing up to 80% of Canada’s new job growth coming from Canada’s western oil magnate of a province. This year Cow-Town will be just as interesting – catch up with what made Calgary’s job market so hot.

Four: 5 Steps to leave your job on great terms

We all make transitions and when we do it is important to our reputations and the function of our teams that we do so with class, courtesy and care. Find out what steps you can take to move on smoothly in the New Year.

Five: Let’s talk about dress

The way we carry ourselves speaks to those we haven’t met and helps us define our personal brand – hear from Randstad Canada’s Senior Vice-President of Human Resources, Faith Tull as she speaks on the importance of personal image and confidence in the workplace.

 

Listen to our podcast on this topic here.


Six: 4 Reasons JAVA Will Never Die

Tech companies in Canada face challenges recruiting the best and the brightest – some are using the very programming languages they work in as tools in that fight. Find out Why JAVA Will Never die. We hosted a webinar, that spoke about what programming languages are effective recruitment tools.

Listen to the webinar here.

Seven: 5 Things resumes shouldn’t include: identity theft

Your resume is important to your personal brand, but it can be a prize to criminals looking to steal your identity. With security as porous as it has ever been, find out what you should and shouldn’t include on your resume to protect your online and financial identity.

Eight: 5 Reasons Canada’s Workers Are the Best

Canadians are better educated, we work harder and gosh-darn we’re pretty nice too. These are among the five reasons we’re the best workers in the world – find out the others here.

Nine: 10 Employment Survival Tips You Don't Learn In School

School prepares you for a lot, but the work world is another beast to its own. Find out how to survive your first year in the office when you get out of school and learn from our experiences.


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It takes more these days than a wanted ad and a salary to recruit the best. Learn how to attract candidates using your brand in this piece on Employer Branding from the 2014, Randstad Award program.

Randstad Award 2014: Learn more about our industry leading research on employer branding and the art of candidate attraction – visit, www.randstadward.ca

Women Shaping Business 2014: This year Randstad Canada delved deeply into the value of mentorship and how organizations can better engage employees in cycles of advancement and training. Learn from experts ranging from leaders in IT, academia, engineering and human resources.

Happy Holiday and we look forward to hearing from you in 2015.

Sincerely,

Randstad Canada Blog Team

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6 Office Holiday Productivity Hacks to Get You Ahead of the GameTitle Here...

Posted by James Rubec on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 @ 09:49 AM

6 Office Holiday Productivity Hacks to Get You Ahead of the Game

Christ-hackBetween holiday parties, vacation notices and children coming onto their winter breaks, boost your office and employee productivity can be at an all-time low. But not for you! No, not this year! This holiday season you are going to break down barriers to your success, you are going to surmount the climbs of office heroism and get things done!

1. Make a plan: Santa Claus isn’t the only one who’s making a list and checking it twice, that’s going to be you! Follow old Saint Nick’s advice and plan out what you can achieve in the next two weeks as your deserted office gathers dust. Think about what you can do on each day you are at the office, make daily and a weekly to-do list and challenge yourself to cross all of them off. Compare that to next year’s plan and see how far into Q1 you can get a head start.

2. Exercise: There are advantages of being the standard bearer of your department – if you want to take an extra-long lunch and hit the gym you can. You manage your time to be as productive as possible; exercise can increase your energy, keep you focused and make you feel better. This is especially important if turkey dinners and Egg Nog are in your future. Breaking your day up with physical activity isn’t luxurious, it is a catalyst to a more effective work day.

3. Clean out your inbox: In-box zero is a fine goal to have, but isn’t achievable most of the time. Start off the New Year right by sorting out your communications by topic, or industrial theme, further to that organize your files and get your materials in order so you work smarter not just harder.

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4. Analyse your post mortems: We all have decks full of great advice we’re trying to give ourselves and our teams. Look back at this year’s projects and compile a list of best practices of all the things you’ve learned this year – find out what didn’t work on a macro scale and reenergize yourself with a reminder of your accomplishments.

5. Catch up with a mentor: This time of year is supposed to be about connecting with old friends and family. This can also be a great time to ask your mentor out for a coffee – bring along a notepad and a gift and pick their brain about issues you are having on a project or talk about your career progression.

6. Break your coffee habit: Unless you have direly important meetings, or have been staying up late baking cookies, you shouldn’t always need a cup of Joe in the morning. Caffeine is a powerful stimulant but it loses its potency when it becomes a three times daily habit. With the office empty or close to it, this is the perfect time to take three days and abstain from the dark glory of your Starbucks cup.

Happy holidays, and I hope you these tips help you be as productive and joyful as possible.

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Can Ontario fill Canada's labour shortage, woes?

Posted by James Rubec on Thu, Dec 11, 2014 @ 10:56 AM

Can Ontario's skilled workers, fill British Columbia's LNG  labour shortage?

With the price of oil falling rapidly and companies cutting costs and prior to Christmas, the Business News Network invited Randstad Canada’s President, Tom Turpin on to discuss a future labour shortage that may be filled by foreign workers on a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in 2016 – 2019.

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In this interview Turpin was asked what really makes up this labour shortage and his succinct answer was that Canada has a relatively small labour pool that is trying to simultaneously complete some very large projects.

Another question was, is there a pool of labour elsewhere in Canada that could fill the requirements out west for petrochemical workers. In short, no.  Even though Ontario has a great number of workers, many of them skilled, it isn’t as though they all have transferable skills into oil and gas engineering.

The best way to outline this shortage is to look at historical oil well drilling and completion data. Alberta has held the lion’s share of drilling and oil and gas activity, not just in the past year, but over the past three decades. If you were looking for lumberjacks you wouldn’t go to the desert, Ontario is the oil and gas desert.

Drilling Activity Canada, 2013

Alberta accounted for 62% of oil wells completed in Canada in 2013, to put that into context all of Eastern Canada’s participation in the oil and gas industry, the Eastern provinces, accounted for .0047% of wells completed.  

Dating back to 1981, this imbalance in production is even more spectacular.

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Alberta has accounted for 72% of Canada’s last three decades of oil well drilling. Any expertise that the Canadian labour market has had in oil and gas and LNG processing has been out west and has been for the past 30+ years.

For more on drilling statistics, visit, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers 

 

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Women Shaping Business: Toronto Panel Discussion

Posted by James Rubec on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 @ 12:26 PM

Women Shaping Business: Toronto Panel Discussion


The 2014, Women Shaping Business program brought together some amazing leaders to discuss mentorship, gender equity and the advances that organizations have made in building stronger leadership teams through diversity.

In the second event held this year on November 12, 2014, Randstad Canada welcomed over 200 business leaders from across Toronto to join in a discussion featuring an exciting and diverse panel of business leaders.

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The panel featured five great speakers including Spencer Saunders the President of Art & Science Digital Experience Design, Katherine Dimopoulos the Head of Marketing and Brand Experience at SCENE, Fawn Annan President & Group Publisher IT World Canada & Chair, Canadian Channel Chiefs Council, Ingrid Macintosh the Vice President of Portfolio Advice and Investment Research, TD Bank Group and Michael Kyritsis the VP of People and Values, Bond Brand Loyalty and was moderated by Linda Galipeau, the CEO of Randstad North America.

In this recording, which is introduced by Faith Tull, the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Randstad Canada, you will hear an in-depth discussion on a number of facets of gender equity, current research on workplace diversity and new insights into the balance that our lives at work and home need to take.

Highlights include discussions on worklife harmony, the importance of verbiage surrounding adaption over accommodation and the importance of finding role models and mentors for anyone seeking to advance their career. 

Introduction Time Signatures:

00:03: Faith Tull, begins her introduction of the panel to the audience at 1 King West, in Toronto, Ontario on November 12, 2014.
4:15: – Faith Tull, introduces the panelists.
5:55: Linda Galipeau, begins her moderation of the panel.
9:00: Q1: Why do we want more diversity in the boardroom – discussion started by Katerhine Dimopoulos.
9:55: Followed up by Ingrid Macintosh.
10:33: Michael Kyritsis speaking about the importance of diversity at the table.
11:25: Q2: Does it matter what role that women take? Very few women in the roles, COO, CIO, CEO, executive women, does it matter? 
13:15: Katherine Dimopolous shares her thoughts on women helping women advance.
14:15: Linda Galipeau introduces research conducted by HP about the “confidence gap”.
16:15: Fawn Annan, speaks on how women and men network differently.
17:05: Ingrid Macintosh speaking on self-selection and the generational shift of women having their own mothers as professional role models.
19:45: Spencer Saunders shares how he has changed his shop culture to be more inclusive.
25:15: Q3: How do men and women network different and how can women network more effectively?
26:00 Fawn Annan, discusses the value of awards and recognition programs for women and organization that spur on diversity.

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Canada's Most Wanted Professionals: Top Jobs 2014

Posted by James Rubec on Fri, Dec 05, 2014 @ 11:39 AM

Canada's Most Wanted Professionals: Top Jobs 2014

While November's Labour Force Survey has seen the first decline in jobs in the last two months, 2014 has been a great year to be a Canadians looking for work.

With a strengthening manufacturing sector, a growing resource economy and an innovative tech sector, demand for Canada’s top talent is high.

We have scoured our data to pull what Randstad Canada sees as the jobs that are in highest demand from 2014.

If you are an employer looking to hire, a student searching planning your career path or are thinking of making a career change, review the presentation below and find out who are the most in demand workers in the country for the Skilled Trades, Industrial Support, Engineering, Technologies, Finance & Accounting and Office & Administration.

 

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Mentorships, the good, the bad and the ugly : Women Shaping Business

Posted by James Rubec on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 @ 10:07 AM

As part of the Women Shaping Business Program, we looked at mentorship with one of our panellists from events we held across the country. Dr. Rebecca Sullivan, an Associate Professor of the Department of English, joined a panel of experts in a discussion in Calgary as part of our program on November 13, 2014, and was gracious enough to sit down with Randstad Canada to talk on mentorships and how to make the most of them. Professor Sullivan was instrumental in the development of our Calgary program and we thank her for valued input. To learn more, visit, www.womenshapingbusiness.ca

130919_EDIT_Rebecca_Sullivan_0002Q&A With Dr. Rebecca Sullivan: 
Some mentorships work well, others are well ... just work

While mentorship has value, not all mentorships are created equal. Dr. Rebecca Sullivan a professor in the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Calgary sat down with Randstad Canada and added some context to our survey results. Here are her insights on our mentorship and gender divide data.

Q: Our study showed that very few women are taking part in mentorships, with 76 telling us that they’ve never had a mentor and haven’t sought one out, does this surprise you?

A: This survey’s results aren’t surprising at all. Mentorship can often just mean added labour with no tangible benefits, especially since the data shows a lingering bias toward promoting mentored men. A Harvard Business Review paper titled Why Men Still Get More Promotions Than Women[1], looked at 4,000 high performing men and women MBA graduates engaged in mentorship programs between 2008 and 2010. What the study found was that while women were getting a great deal of guidance and support, men got more promotions.

The study’s authors interviewed their subjects and found that most said the mentorship programs led to a great deal of extracurricular work beyond their actual jobs – the mentorship programs were a burden.

Q: So if mentorship in the formal sense don’t work, what does?

A: It isn’t that they don’t work, they just don’t work evenly. Sponsorship, when a mentor, or manager promotes an employee to business leaders and goes beyond giving advice and into lobbying for someone, you are on better footing. There are two other things;

  1. Informal mentorships can be great, indeed that’s where many men have enjoyed advantages and opportunities. We need to find out how these mentorships work, what sorts of skill sets are valued and how promising, talented men are brought into the circles of leadership. But in doing that, we also need to learn how those same networks help keep the promising, talented women out.

  2. Organizations need to make efforts to recognize the accomplishments and capacity of female professionals at an earlier stage. Too often, women are expected to prove their abilities at a much higher rate than men, who are promoted as much on potential as on actual accomplishment.

MentorQ: What can women do help themselves advance faster?

A: There’s the big question. “What can we do to help ourselves,” implies that this is our problem.
At one time, Hewlett-Packard was seeking to increase the number of women in senior roles, so they looked at their HR files and found that women would apply to a role when they had 90 or 100 per cent of the qualifications. A man would apply at 50 or 60 per cent, sometimes even lower.

There is a tendency to look at this stat and say, “Well women just need to work harder, demand more and be more assertive with what they want. They need to ‘lean in,’ therefore this indicates that women lack confidence.”

That’s a big leap. Personal empowerment is a powerful tool for many, but reading that a gender “confidence” gap is the root of all our gender equality issues puts the problem back on the shoulders of women – this makes us the problem again. Some personality flaw in our chromosones that we have to fix.

When women are made responsible for the systemic barriers that block their entry into leadership, they get caught in a vicious cycle. Acknowledging a barrier appears like whining, or weakness, or lack of confidence. So some women end up banging their heads against that glass ceiling until they burn out and give up.

Q: How does this play out in the world of work?

A: A great example of this is in the STEM fields, where fewer than 22 per cent of the employees are women.
Now, women make up 48 per cent of the work force nationally, they represent over 50 per cent of STEM graduates, it is hard to see how confidence alone is going to make up a 28 per cent difference between men and women in STEM fields. So if the problem of women isn’t women, then what is it? The answer is clear, but it means recognizing inequities and imbalances that privilege those already in leadership.
As the results of this survey have shown the divide is real and it needs to be addressed at the organizational level.

Back to the Harvard study, mentorship does still help women advance – but what makes it possible for women to continue to advance are organizations that accept that bias exists and actively fight against it, through awareness training and the very action of promoting women to leadership positions.

The value of your mentorship program is in the promotion of leaders not necessarily in the process that got them there.

Mentorships only have value if they end in results – professional advancement, new skills, higher levels of retention, positive morale, pay raises or all of the above.

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Here are other articles from our Women Shaping Business series:

1. Can women have it all?

2. How I overcame imposter syndrome

3. Let's talk about dress

4. Mentorship vs Sponsorship

5. Women Shaping Busines 2014: Shrinking the divide, expanding the conversation

 

[1] Why Men Still Get More Promotions Than Women http://hbr.org/2010/09/why-men-still-get-more-promotions-than-women/ar/1
[2] Few females in STEM fields http://wiseatlantic.ca/pdf/Interview%20with%203%20chairs/NSERC_Part_Two_03.pdf

 

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Women Shaping Business 2014 : Shrinking the divide, expanding the conversation

Posted by Randstad Canada on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 @ 08:35 AM

According to the third annual Women Shaping Business survey conducted by Randstad Canada, the gender divide has been shrinking in today's workplace.  As salary continues to be a discussion point when it comes to gender equality, the survey revealed a decrease in the perceived salary gap between men and women - 65% this year in comparison to 78% last year. Other areas where women have also seen progress include, better work-life balance and flexible working arrangements.
After reviewing the results from a survey of 1,000 Canadian women, we have the resullts of our annual Women Shaping Business Survey. 
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