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HR Audit: Checking in on People & Practices

No one is surprised when the financial function of an organization goes through an audit process.  It’s standard practice.  However, when it comes to the human resources function, not so much!  As much as business intelligence and the perspective about the human resources function have changed over the years, the fact of the matter is, human resources departments are still significant cost centers.  If there ever was a reason to audit a function or process, money or cost would...
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Apples to apples when applying for a job

What do the following jobs have in common? Pool and Beach Worker, Procurement Intern, Electrical Designer, and Logistics Co-ordinator.  Truthfully, not that much.  But what is most apparent is that none of these jobs support an application for a senior executive position in finance. Yet, our executive search team sees increasing numbers of applications for senior management positions from candidates who are woefully not qualified for the job posted.   The applicants are hopefuls who have no experience in the functional...
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Does HR still have to be blown up?

Years ago, as a newly minted human resources graduate, I was taken aback by an article in a business magazine titled “Let’s blow-up the HR Department”.  As I was ready to take on the world and save business through human resources management, I was concerned that perhaps I had made the wrong career decision.  The premise of that article was based on viewing the HR Department as an unnecessary overhead administrative expense that offered nothing to improve the bottom line. ...
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Magic bullets in management consulting

“I like to con people. And I like to insult people. If you combine “con” and “insult”, you get consult,” observes Dogbert, a comic-strip character. Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of interesting and disturbing stories from organizations about their experiences with management consultants. Business often doesn’t have a very good impression of consultants, and for good reason.  Anyone can become a management consultant if they can sell the perception of ‘expertise.’   Barriers to entry are low and people...
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Women at work: Moving beyond history and social conventions

I attended the Saskatoon 2015 Deloitte Spring Breakfast to hear a presentation by Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk about their careers in the advertising industry as Mad Women and their journey to write their new book “Darling you can’t do both (and other noise to ignore on your way up)”. Their research shows that the perceptions towards women in the workplace have only changed marginally since the 1950’s.  Those of us who work in the business world are keenly aware,...
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