Practical solutions to managing people
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.