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The Rules of Resignations

Business, Human Resources
Unfortunately, resignations are unavoidable in the workplace, and can be uncomfortable for both parties. Knowing the rules of resignation can make these conversations much easier for both the employee and employer and may avoid a potential claim to the organization. An employee’s resignation is usually clear and is not normally subject to interpretation. It can be as simple as “I’ve decided to stay home for the next few years to take care of my family”, or simply “this job isn’t working for me”. In situations such as these, the conversation won’t likely leave room for ambiguity, however if this conversation is not followed by a written letter of...

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slips, trips, and falls happen where there is too little traction between the footwear and the walking surface. Over 40,000 workers in Canada get injured annually due to these types of accidents, which represents about 18% of the “time-loss injuries” accepted by workers’ compensation boards across Canada. Statistics show that approximately 67% of falls happen as a result of slips and trips. Common causes of slips include:• Wet or oily surface spill• Weather hazards like snow or ice• Unanchored or loose rugs/mats Common causes of tripping are:• Poor lighting or obstructed view• Clutter• Uncovered cables• Drawers not being closed• Uneven walking surfaces like steps or thresholds Good housekeeping...

Reasonable Automobile Allowances – What does it really mean?

Many companies provide an automobile allowance to their employees if they are required to use their own vehicle for business purposes. Since each company has different requirements from their employees (for example, the amount of driving they need to do for the role), the question that is often asked of a payroll specialist is “how much should I be giving my employee for car allowance?” The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has guides as to what they consider “reasonable”. The CRA says that ALL of the following must apply in order for a car allowance to be considered reasonable, and thus a non-taxable allowance: The allowance is based only...

The Tricks and Treats of Project Management

Halloween is right around the corner, and as we get closer to the end of the year, it may feel like unfinished projects and pressing deadlines are rising from the grave! If you are new to project management, the thought of only having two months left in the year will leave you screaming, and knowing that new projects are coming down the pipeline is enough to give you the chills. It doesn’t take a crystal ball to see that reviewing and refining your project management skills on a regular basis will keep your spirits lifted throughout the year. As there is no single method to follow when it...

Is Cold Calling Dead?

Business, Personal Advice, Sales
“Cold Calling”, or reaching out to a potential customer with no prior interaction, can be one of the most daunting aspects of sales. So much so that it often keeps good people away from the profession! The question almost everyone asks when diving into a sales role is “Do I have to do cold calling?” There is a wave of thought that believes the era of cold calling is dead. Networking seems to be the way to become successful in sales, as this is where all the big deals take place. Senior-level contacts will often not accept cold calls, and the only way to meet them, connect, and...