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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

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Setting Up for a Sustainable New Year’s Resolution

January 14, 2015

A Quick Glance at Express Entry

December 22, 2014

Leadership Development

December 12, 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


Culture of Engagement 2015 ( May 25-26, Calgary)

Human Resource Management Research

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

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Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the Workplace

Substance misuse and abuse in the workplace has been linked to workplace absenteeism, productivity loss, on-the-job accidents and injuries, sick leave and health benefits claims, workplace violence and harassment, increased legal exposure, and more. Yet despite these serious concerns, substance misuse in the workplace is often misunderstood, leading to poor management and the potential for further exacerbation of both personal and organizational issues. The Conference Board has undertaken a research study to learn more about this issue. During the course of the study, our researchers examined: the perceived impact of substance use on a number of key workplace indicators (e.g., job performance, customer satisfaction, turnover, legal liabilities, accidents and injuries, sick leave and benefits costs, grievances and arbitrations, and violence, bullying and harassment); the extent to which employers understand substance abuse and see it as important workplace issue; and the extent to which employers have taken steps within their organization (e.g., policies, practices) to mitigate its impact.

Recorded Webinar | March 2015 | Louise Chenier | The Conference Board of Canada

The Gateway to Effective Employee Engagement and Improved Performance: Insights from the 2014 Talent

Companies are realizing the best talent is often already employed and that the best way to attract them is to have a strong talent brand.

Report | 12 pages | March 2015 | Corporate Authorship TCB | The Conference Board, Inc.

Buy, Build, Borrow, or None of the Above? New Options for Closing Global Talent Gaps: Strategic Over

With talent shortages looming, companies may rely too much and too quickly on their default strategies without asking the right questions or fully examining available options. This report helps CEOs and CHROs determine the optimal solution to talent gaps.

Report | 8 pages | March 2015 | Mary B. Young | 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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Ending Pay Secrecy: The Case for Compensation Transparency

Most corporations go to great lengths to keep employee compensation a secret. This has been a “best practice” for decades, but is it still the right practice? While privacy is a concern, there is a growing movement for corporations to make pay public. Research has shows that pay secrecy leads to employees reaching dysfunctional conclusions about how pay is administered in their organization, which can led to loss of performance and internal conflicts. Pay secrecy also seems counterintuitive when management approaches which call for business transparency, involvement, and accountability. So does pay secrecy have a place in today’s transparent, social, and information sharing world? This recorded 60 minute session discusses the advantages and disadvantages of making pay public in corporations. Edward E. Lawler III describes what the impacts could be on your workplace, using examples from some of the top organizations in North America.

Recorded Webinar | February 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Retirement Readiness and Preparedness: The Perspective of Canadians and Employers

As the Canadian population ages, boomers are getting set to retire in record numbers. But just how ready are most for this major life transition? Retirement is a complicated process, and while many people are able to seek information and assistance from their employers, others have found there to be noticeable gaps in support. So what can be done to make this transition as simple as possible for both their employees and the organization? The Conference Board recently engaged in a comprehensive exploration into the experiences and perspectives of employers and Canadian workers on issues related to pensions and retirement readiness. In this 60 minute recorded webinar, Judith MacBride-King presents key highlights from two recently released reports – An Employer’s Perspective: Retirement Savings and A Survey of Non-retirees and Retirees in Canada: Retirement Perspectives and Plans

Recorded Webinar | February 2015 | Judith MacBride-King | The Conference Board of Canada

Compensation Planning Outlook 2015: Mid-Year Pulse Check

The Conference Board conducted a Compensation Planning Outlook 2015 Mid-Year Pulse Check survey in December 2014 and early January 2015. Overall, base salary increases are down slightly from what organizations projected in the summer.

Report | 8 pages | February 2015 | Nicole Stewart | The Conference Board of Canada

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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