A quick guide to effective meetings

We can probably all agree that meetings take up a lot of time at work that can be best spent by actually working. Meetings are often unproductive, but why? Isn’t the purpose of meetings to foster communication, generate new ideas and come together to achieve common goals? Here are some very useful tips to increase…

Pay Equity Audits in Progress

Companies throughout the province Quebec have begun receiving notices from the Pay Equity Commission giving them 60 days to comply with the Pay Equity Act or face stiff penalties ranging from $1,000 to $45,000. As part of the Pay Equity Commissions’ Verification Program, the Commission appears to be targeting companies who have failed to complete…

Tips for Success: Understanding our Millennial Managers

According to a recent study, Millennials (born early 1980s to the early 2000s) have outnumbered Baby boomers in the workplace. Millennials are often criticized and categorized as the “me,me,me” generation. They are perceived as being lazy, narcissist, having poor business etiquette and having a strong sense of entitlement. Yet, they are our future managers and…

Dealing with the death of an employee

Having an employee pass away suddenly can come as a huge shock to an organization. Many of us spend more time with our co-workers than with our own families. How an employer deals with this sensitive issue will be heavily scrutinized. So how can an employer best help their staff handle the loss of their…

Ask an HR Expert – Fall 2014

In every HR Connection, one of our HR experts will answer a frequently asked question from our readers. If you have a question, please don’t hesitate to email hr@flmontreal.com, and we may select it for our next issue! As I begin to plan our office Holiday Party I am already having nightmares about some of the…

Getting the most from your Management Team

For most entrepreneurs, handing the reins of their business over to others is akin to leaving their children with a new babysitter. Placing trust in others, even employees at a very high level, can be a challenge as some business owners doubt whether the individual is truly taking the company’s best interests to heart. Although…

Writing an employment contract

Did you know that when you hire an employee in exchange for a salary it automatically implies the existence of an employment contract? A verbal agreement or a written contract are both considered employment contracts. Although the Act respecting labour standards does not require it to be written, it is preferable to use this method…