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It’s the Little Things: 10 Easy Ways to Say “Thank You”

Personal Advice
When an employee feels appreciated they are more likely to have a vested interest in the company’s success and are more willing and motivated to perform to levels that exceed their responsibilities. Too often we forget to thank our teams for their hard work and this can lead to feelings of underappreciation. Did you know? “Praise and commendation from managers was rated the top motivator for performance, beating out other noncash and financial incentives, by a majority of workers (67%). 69% say they would work harder if they felt their efforts were better recognized. 78% said being recognized motivates them in their job. When managers recognize their employees’...

Changes to Maternity & Parental Leave in Canada

Health and Wellness
The Federal Government is making changes to the rules governing maternity and parental leave in Canada. The updated rules will come into effect on December 3rd, 2017 and will only apply to parents eligible for these benefits after this date. Here is what you need to know: Women will be able to begin their maternity benefit claim 12 weeks prior to their due date. This has increased from the current 8 weeks. New parents will be able to choose the option to extend parental leave from the current 12 months to 18 months of combined maternity and parental leave. If the 12 month option is chosen, the leave...

Top Three Tips when acquiring a Canadian Business

The many benefits of working with your PEO Canada team is that we have developed a network of professionals and experts in the field to connect you with when it comes to developing business here in Canada. One of those professionals is Andrea Henry, a Business & Tax Lawyer with Vox Law in Toronto. I got the opportunity to sit down with her and discuss her 3 Top Tips when acquiring a Canadian Business. 1 – Due diligence - This is of the utmost importance, particularly when you are acquiring a Canadian company. It is essential that everything is properly set up, that corporate documents & taxes are...

A Positive Approach to Performance Management

Human Resources
  In my past experience, performance management strategies have increasingly been dreaded and criticized for being too complicated. Often I’ve heard people say “there are too many forms to fill in” or “this is so much work and there are too many issues to address.”  One of the common misperceptions is that an entire year of an employee’s progress and challenges has to be crammed into one meeting at performance review time. However, successful performance management is about tracking development, working towards goals continually, and addressing things as they come along throughout the entire year. Managing one’s performance should be on-going, throughout the year. Here are some suggestions...

Winter Safety: Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls

Health and Wellness
As temperatures drop and snow flies, the number of injuries due to slips, trips, and falls increases.  Workers can suffer bruises, abrasions, broken limbs, cracked ribs, serious back and/or head injuries, often resulting in time off work.  In Canada, more than 42,000 workers get injured annually due to falls, according to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. Statistics show the majority (66%) are due to slips and trips on the same level. The remaining (34%) are falls from heights, such as ladders, stairs, or roofs. While much attention is given to prevent workers falling from elevations, the reality is that anyone can slip, trip, and possibly fall on...