Innovation can be defined simply as the introduction of something new, such as a new idea, method, or technology. However, the true importance of innovation can only be understood when one relates it directly to progress, success and even survival, particularly in the business world and the workplace.
With this critical understanding of the role of innovation, Verity was pleased to sponsor the second innovateworkTO event, “Shape the Future World of Work”, on June 20, 2017. Continue Reading
Education to Career Transition.
Equipped with a portfolio of theoretical and practical knowledge: new grads take control of their ‘post-secondary-to-workforce‘ career transition.
If you haven’t connected with the header, chances are you’ve never seen the 1939 classic American film, The Wizard of Oz. The sense of impending doom and uncertainty that confronts the characters is often paralleled to the experiences new grads face when entering the work force after graduation. Continue Reading
On the auspicious date of April 20, 2017, otherwise known as 4/20 or the high holiday of marijuana culture, Verity hosted a sober but engaging presentation: “Up in Smoke: The New Era of Workplace Drug Management”.
Lawyers Shana French and Ashley B. Brown from Sherrard Kuzz LLP, a leading employment and labour law firm exclusively representing management, discussed the implications for employers of the proposed decriminalization of recreational marijuana use and the already legal use of marijuana for medical purposes. While the focus was on marijuana, the discussion encompassed and was informed by best practices relating to alcohol and drugs generally. Continue Reading
Open offices are far from new, but they remain controversial. Most will agree that open office plans can allow for greater collaboration and interaction among employees. But the open workspace can also have an adverse effect on a person’s concentration, ability to think creatively, stress levels and feeling of control. Lack of privacy, noise, inability to regulate lighting, and interruptions from colleagues are some of the negative factors which may be more prevalent in open offices.
Despite the critical way in which they are often viewed, open offices in some form are likely here to stay, and since they are a reality for so many employees, one might consider how it may be possible to make them more effective, productive and comfortable work environments. Here are some ideas that may be worth considering in your workplace. Continue Reading
One of the most striking ways in which modern communication technology has changed the world, including the workplace, has to do with the blurring of distinctions between public and private life. The Internet, social media, email, texts, and cellphone cameras have come together to create fertile soil for a broad-scale social experiment in which it sometimes seems that there is no thought or deed which is not recorded, stored, and often shared.
The Internet can be a virtual paper trail, exposing employees doing things “on their own time” in a way that can end their present employment or potentially their entire career. Continue Reading
Highly skilled office workers spend an alarming portion of their work week managing email and other digital communications. Moreover, they spend a substantial amount of time trying to get “back on task” after dealing with countless electronic and personal interruptions throughout each work day. But they cannot escape by simply leaving the workplace. Digital communications follow people wherever they go, from morning to night, meaning that many employees – whether by necessity or by choice – are never disconnected. Continue Reading
Canada is turning 150 in 2017. Looking back to Canada’s centennial year, 50 years ago, one can only marvel at how much has changed since 1967. There was no digital technology. No email; no internet; no cellphones. There was no truly globalized economy. White-collar offices operated on a “9 to 5” schedule, and tended to be relatively stable, homogenous, and hierarchical. Blue-collar workers still dominated the workforce with factories and manufacturing plants often operating three shifts each day. Career progression was more defined, commonly taking place within a single organization.
The drivers and realities that shape the workplace of today would be unrecognizable to someone magically teleported here from our centennial year. As business models have changed and technology has begun to dominate, the nature of the workforce itself has altered. A “non-traditional” workforce now plays an important role in influencing the way in which employers manage talent. Continue Reading
In our previous blog, we discussed a survey by VF Career Management on Termination & Severance Practices In Canada (2016), which was presented at an event hosted by Verity on September 30, 2016.
In this blog, we will discuss another presentation from that event by guest Speaker Madeleine Loewenberg, co-founder of Loewenberg Psarris Workplace Law LLP. Madeleine reviewed some of the statutory and case law in Ontario regarding notice of termination and severance pay. In the process, she also responded to questions from the attendees which reflected specific real-world concerns. The following are only selected points from Madeleine’s well-considered review of the law. Continue Reading
Why are so many employers becoming more concerned about effective knowledge transfer? After all, there have always been retirements within organizations, and employee turnover is nothing new.
Moreover, it has always been the case that much of the institutional “know-how” within organizations is never committed to paper but instead resides within the brains of its most experienced senior staff, who – ideally – pass it on to those who will follow them. Essentially, that is the definition of knowledge transfer: training or learning that passes on the knowledge of an organization’s most experienced people. Continue Reading