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Author Archives: Lori MacDonald

Functional Competencies to Meet Compliance and Safety Guidelines

  Functional competencies are designed to ensure that someone is competent in a role with respect to the actual functions of the role. The difference between functional competencies and competencies as a blanket concept is that functional competencies are premised …

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A Business Case for Developing a Competency Based Approach to Human Resources Practices

Competencies are at the core of good HR training programs. When a specific competency is clearly defined and properly related to practical skills associated with a particular job role, the results are extensive. For one, job descriptions for skilled positions are …

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Competency Based Training Explained

I am seeing a lot more interest lately in competency-based training for educational institutions and the workplace. People often ask me to explain competency-based training. If you would like a quick explanation about what it is and how it can …

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Do you dread performance interviews? A free checklist for great competency interviews.

  Discussions about employee performance are often looked upon with dread by managers and employees alike. But this does not need to be so. Competency maps provide the basis for conducting meaningful discussions with employees about their performance. Everyone knows up …

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Are you an Effective Team Manager?

Teams and groups are an inevitable and natural part of the workplace.  Teams are great for getting work done, protecting people’s interests, and satisfying the social needs of individuals.  Teamwork can make a large and seemingly insurmountable task doable. As …

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How well do you manage YOU?

When I think of the term ‘manager’, I think of someone who organizes things, organizes people, takes initiative, develops and implements new policies, procedures, and processes – you know, someone who makes things happen.  I’ve had some great managers since …

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Tips for Training a Seasonal Workforce

It’s true that seasonal employees may only be with you for seventy-five days or so, but does that make their training any less important?  Hopefully your answer to that question was an assertive “No!”     No matter how long their employment …

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How to Integrate Newly Immigrated Workers into the Workplace

Allow me to begin this blog with three (what should be) alarming statistics: 1.  In 2010, more than 250,000 immigrants entered Canada,  only 60,000 of which were labour market ready. 2.  By 2016, we will have a deficit of more …

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The Consequences of Having No Succession Plan

More than half of companies today cannot name a successor to their CEO should the need arise.  A study conducted by the Canadian Financial Executives Research Foundation (CFERF) found that, “only 40% of Canadian private companies have a clear business …

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Why are performance reviews so frustrating?

Consider the following scenario:  Taryn is a manager at a mid-sized production company.  She’s sitting in her office with a co-worker when her telephone rings.  She answers; her smile fades; she nods, then hangs up the receiver.  Worried, the co-worker …

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