Prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions to man­ag­ing peo­ple

Ottawa Business Journal - HR Update - - Editor’s Note - Peter Kovessy Edi­tor, Ot­tawa Busi­ness Jour­nal

OBJ pub­lisher Michael Cur­ran and I were sitting in my of­fice one evening this spring, old copies of Ot­tawa HR spread across my desk as we ham­mered out the fo­cus of this year’s edi­tion. I tossed out a few hard news story ideas. Mike was un­der­whelmed. “When you think of your au­di­ence for this mag­a­zine, think about your­self,” he sug­gested.

At the time I’d been in the edi­tor’s chair roughly a month af­ter spend­ing the pre­vi­ous five years as a re­porter. My re­spon­si­bil­i­ties now in­cluded man­ag­ing the OBJ editorial team, and new chal­lenges were swirling around my head as I sat down at my desk. How do I keep em­ploy­ees ex­cited about their jobs? How can I min­i­mize work­place con­flict? How can I train em­ploy­ees when time is tight?

These are the ev­ery­day is­sues fac­ing man­agers across the city, and ques­tions this is­sue of Ot­tawa HR an­swers.

With tech tal­ent grow­ing in­creas­ingly scarce, two lo­cal HR vet­er­ans share their tips on look­ing for po­ten­tial can­di­dates and mar­ket­ing a com­pany as an at­trac­tive place to work.

The chal­lenges, of course, don’t stop once you’ve found the ideal can­di­date. The first few days an em­ployee spends with a com­pany are crit­i­cal, and au­thors Michael Burchell and Jen­nifer Robin have sev­eral strate­gies on how to wel­come new mem­bers of the team.

Em­ployee en­gage­ment is an on­go­ing process for any man­ager, and HR con­sul­tant Delma Devoe has a host of low-cost ideas on how to keep em­ploy­ees feel­ing in­volved in the work­place. One im­por­tant strat­egy is to of­fer on­go­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for em­ploy­ees to up­grade their skills. Writer Tina Bar­ton looks at how one Ot­tawa com­pany is fos­ter­ing a work­place cul­ture of learn­ing, not just train­ing, while Garry Watan­abe of­fers a fresh per­spec­tive on coach­ing.

Em­ploy­ees are fre­quently said to be a com­pany’s most valu­able as­set. Armed with the ad­vice con­tained within these pages, you can in­vest in your busi­ness in ways that will gen­er­ate value to your or­ga­ni­za­tion for years to come.

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