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Avoiding culture shock for your new staff

Written By: Susan Fish
June 21, 2011

Bringing new people into your organization can result in culture shock. Here's how to deal with it.

Preparing the next generation of nonprofit leaders

Written By: Deborah Legrove
May 17, 2011

Who is grooming the next generation of nonprofit leaders? It should be you!

Human Resources Q&A: Workforce planning is part of strategic planning

Written By: Kathline Holmes
November 8, 2010

This article outlines an eight-step process to workforce planning and explains why it is an integral part of strategic planning.

Human Resources Q&A: Creating an employee handbook

Written By: Kathline Holmes
October 12, 2010

Why it's important to create an employee handbook and how to get started.

Do u wnt 2 ngage Gen Y?

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
August 19, 2010

Is your organization struggling to attract talented Gen Y employees? Follow these strategies for success.

The real deal on interns

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
July 12, 2010

Interns are the great cavalry of any organization. Though some, unfortunately, view them as slave labour — those who do the tasks no one else could find time for, or the work others just don’t want to do — most recognize the crucial importance of having hired (and oftentimes volunteer) temporary help to buttress the company mission.

The compensation question

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
May 10, 2010

Whether one works in the for-profit or nonprofit sector, compensation is part of any job. But what's enough? What's needed for an employee or for that matter, an organization, in order to ensure a fruitful work environment and a sense of fair recompense on both sides?

Human Resources Q&A: Advantages and disadvantages of offering paid time off

Written By: Tim Rutledge
April 12, 2010

This article looks at the advantages and disadvantages of offering employees paid time off as a benefit.

Virtual assistants: Increase your productivity while decreasing your office expenditures

Written By: Rachel Cleland
March 29, 2010

How and why to use a virtual assistant in the workplace.

Five key elements of the succession planning process

Written By: Jack Shand
January 4, 2010

Succession planning is not about replacing an existing employee. The purpose is to prepare the organization and develop its "bench strength" for future organizational requirements. There are five elements to managing a succession process.

What you need to know about employee dismissal

Written By: Adam Aptowitzer and Nicole Zummach
December 17, 2009

Find out the legal aspects related to layoffs and employee terminations, how the law protects employees, and what your organization must do before letting go of staff, in this podcast.

Are you hiring an employee or an independent contractor?

Written By: Bill Otton
November 23, 2009

Controlling costs and staying flexible for nonprofits in challenging times.

Human Resources Q&A: Employees are assets, not costs

Written By: Tim Rutledge
November 9, 2009

As seen through the OD lens, employees are not costs but rather assets. The job of the organization, through its managers, is to manage the assets in such a way as to maximize the return on the investment (ROI) in the assets.

The pros and cons of nonprofit internships

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
November 9, 2009

One of the time-honoured methods employed by organizations to stock the third sector with civic-minded employees is to tap into the wellspring of willing and eager student interns.

Highlights from the HR Council's Voluntary and Nonprofit Labour Force Study: Report #3

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
July 20, 2009

Last month, the HR Council for the Voluntary & Non-Profit Sector (HR Council) released the third and final part of its ongoing study on labour force issues within the sector. The latest report adds to the growing volume of evidence gathered by the council, pointing to a serious need by sector organizations to review their labour recruitment and retention programs.

Talk from the top: HR resolutions

Written By: Patricia Heard
May 21, 2009

Four resolutions for HR managers to improve effectiveness.

Human Resources Q&A: Writing and conducting an effective employee survey

Written By: Tim Rutledge
May 11, 2009

This article is full of tips and instructions to craft a useful employee survey.

A multi-generational workforce

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
May 11, 2009

Changing generational aspirations, combined with a new appreciation for work-life balance, is relegating traditional patterns of workforce behaviour to the dustbin of history.

Governance Q&A: Succession planning

Written By: Jane Garthson
May 4, 2009

Steps to take when developing a executive director succession plan.

Aligning employees’ development goals with business needs

Written By: Tracey Starrett
January 12, 2009

How to align employee goals with organizational goals.