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Managing a Virtual Workforce

Within the next two years, at least 40% of the North American workforce will consist of off-site employees or freelancers, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. That makes the ability to manage beyond walls and across borders today’s must-have skill for successful managers and supervisors. Establishing trust between colleagues plays a key role in successfully managing virtual teams. Thoroughly understanding the behavioural traits of every team member is the secret to maximizing their performance in their assigned role and improving their ability to integrate with the rest of the team.



HR & the "Gig" Economy
Most organizations will likely end up with both full-time employees and a “gig” or contract workforce. That means that HR will also need a combination of strategies and techniques to manage this hybrid work group.


Troubled Skies: Airlines and HR Issues
The airline industry has suffered a spate of negative issues lately, notably the passenger confrontations on two U.S. airlines, followed by a sharp rise in customer complaints against other airlines.


5 Ways to Encourage Innovation
All organizations want to take advantage of the opportunities that new technologies and changing demographics have presented to them. But how can they tap into the energies and dynamics that are propelling new industries and allowing new markets to develop and thrive.





    

Fed. Gov’t. Launches Global Skills Strategy

Express Entry Now Awards Extra Points to Candidates With Siblings in Canada and Candidates With Strong French Language Skills

Joint Union/Management Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion Releases Mid-Term Progress Update

Canada Ratifies International Convention, Meets With EU Partners

Inclusiveness Key to Keeping Female Employees in Science, Tech

Canada’s Future Standard Of Living is in Jeopardy: Deloitte

The Canadian Public Service has a ‘millennials problem’: Deloitte

Cash in at Work or Clean up at Home?



 

    News

AB: Employers, Not Unions, Threaten and Intimidate Unionizing Workers

SK: May Job Growth

ON: CUPE Education Workers Reach Agreement on Bill 115 "Remedy" With Provincial Government

NS: Changes to Occupational Health and Safety Act Now in Effect

PE: Government, Industry Addressing Construction Workforce Needs

NL: Provincial Government Releases Summary of Minimum Wage Consultations

ON: Ontario Introduces Legislation to Create Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs

This Month
viewpoints
Getting Young People to Work
CIBC warns that young people are not getting access to jobs and the labour market and that the problem will likely get worse over time.

features
A New Workforce for the Future: HR & the "Gig" Economy
Every business and organization will likely end up with both full-time employees and a “gig” or contract workforce. That means that HR will also need a combination of strategies and techniques to manage this hybrid work group.
Bringing Method to the Madness of Managing a Virtual Workforce
Within the next two years, at least 40 per cent of the North American workforce will consist of off-site employees or freelancers. That makes the ability to manage beyond walls and across borders today’s must-have skill for successful managers and supervisors.


law
Judge Upholds Transit Authority’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy
‘This safety concern will reasonably diminish [employees’] expectation of privacy concerning their drug and alcohol consumption,’ the judge said.
Court Upholds Employer’s Right to Curtail Union Emails
A pro-union email signature sent during collective bargaining is subject to limits of free speech, a court ruled.
Nurse Who Was Asked Personal Questions Was Not Discriminated Against
Among other things, the nurse was asked how old she was because she’d never seen a speculum before.

strategies
Troubled Skies: Airlines May Have Important HR Issues to Resolve
What is going on in companies where employees go to extreme measures to enforce company rules and in the process, mishandle customers?
The Canadian Public Service's ‘Millennials Problem’
Although millennials—the generation born between 1980 and 1995—now constitute the largest share of working-age Canadians, they are finding it frustratingly complicated and challenging to thrive in the public service,

Shop Talk
Work-Life Balance on the Rise, and Managers are Leading the Way
Survey: More Than One-third of Canadian workers enjoying better balance, majority report support from the boss
5 Ways to Encourage Innovation
Innovation is taking a chance that the future will be better than the reality we have today. It is a risk, but one that can be measured and planned for.



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