The new era: Telecommuting

According to the Canadian Business Journal (2014) “70% of millennial workers would rather telecommute than come to the office” and “Gen-Y employees say telecommuting increases job satisfaction”. Telecommuting means working from home, whether occasionally or permanently, by making use of the company’s network, email and resources via a remote VPN connection. What is all the…

The Art of Delegation

Delegation doesn’t have to be scary. If done well, delegating is an indispensable tool for managers which allows more time to focus on big picture items. By not delegating, managers can even hinder their own advancement within the company. Here are the steps on how to delegate effectively: Analyze current tasks Start by analyzing your…

Your employee quits, now what to do?

It is late Friday afternoon when your employee asks to meet with you privately and delivers the bad news that they are leaving the company. Like a deer in the headlights, you are stunned to receive this resignation. Once you get over the shock, what do you do? More importantly, how do you prevent others…

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…

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…