Why the Gender Gap Matters to Business

In both B.C. and Canada, the proportion of women aged 15 and over who are in the labour force remains nine percentage points below that of men—and that gap has been more or less constant since the mid-1990s. Minding a...

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The Incalculable ROI of HR

It sounds simple enough in theory, and sometimes it is in practice, too. If you own a factory that makes a wildly popular widget, you might decide to add another machine to increase production. If you compare the additional money...

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Linking HR to Business Outcomes

One might take any work within HR and frame it in one of two ways. You could think about the task at hand, such as “delivering training to customer service reps” or about the desired business outcome, such as...

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Jobs in Demand: B.C.’s Labour Market Outlook to 2027

If you’re on the lookout for the hottest job trends, WorkBC—an agency of the provincial government—recently released an updated Labour Market Outlook through to 2027. Over the next decade, the government anticipates 917,000 job openings. Roughly 70 per cent will...

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Scaling Up Aboriginal Talent in the Workforce

By Jock Finlayson and Kristin St-Laurent The 2016 Canadian Census revealed three major population trends in Canada: we are having fewer babies, progressively more boomers are transitioning into retirement, and most people are living longer.  Taken together, these trends point...

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Education as the Great Divide

By Jock Finlayson and Kristine St-Laurent Where do workers envision themselves five years from now? Who has the skills to succeed in the fast-changing job market? The answer—and the level of optimism—may very well depend on the amount and type...

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Can You Teach Business Savvy?

By David Creelman The universal complaint about HR is that it is not sufficiently business savvy. Is this something we can fix through training and development or are we stuck? If we teach people to read financial statements will that...

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Navigating the Coming Sea Change: Searching for Economic Growth Amid Population Aging

By Jock Finlayson and Kristine St. Laurent For the first time in Canadian history, the number of seniors (aged 65 years and over) now exceeds the number of people aged 15 to 24. Fifty years ago, for each person approaching...

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