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PHR/SPHR: Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide
by Sandra M Reed and Anne M. Bogardus

Must-have preparation for those looking to take the PHR or SPHR certification exams in order to strengthen their resume.

PHR Study Guide 2017

PHR Study Guide 2018: PHR Certification Test Prep and Practice Questions for the Professional in Human Resources Exam

The Future of Human Resource Management

The Future of Human Resource Management: 64 Thought Leaders Explore the Critical HR Issues of Today and Tomorrow
Edited by Mike Losey, Dave Ulrich, Sue Meisinger

  Like its bestselling predecessor before it, this offers the very best thinking on the future of HR from the most respected leaders in the field.

Ongoing Competition for Talent

April 18 2018 - Employers are doing more in a competitive job market to recruit and retain recent post-secondary graduates according to a survey of 95 leading Canadian companies.

The survey "Navigating Change: 2018 Business Council Skills Survey" was conducted by Morneau Shepell in cooperation with the Business Council of Canada.

Major findings were:

  • 83% of ompanies surveyed participated in co-op programs and other work-integrated learning initiatives to help them identify potential new employees - compared to 76% in a similar survey conducted 2 years ago.
  • Again, compared to two years ago, companies were investing more in training. 51% averaged more than $1000 per employee per year on average and 30% spent $500-$1000 per worker. In 2016 the comparable numbers were 46% and 24$.
  • 17% of responding businesses felt that a shortage of skilled workers was having a severe effect on their industry. 40% indicated a moderate impact. Significant areas of skill shortages were:
    • information technology
    • skilled trades
    • analytics, statistics and quantitative analysis
    • engineering
    • leadership/management
  • Compared with 5 years ago, 70% of respondents said their expectations of fresh graduates were higher because of a changing work environment resulting from rapid technological advancements.
  • Similarly, employers felt that new graduates typically expected more from the workplace than their predecessors did five years ago. According to the report, "Recent graduates are looking for more money, challenging assignments, increased flexibility and mobility, and quicker advancement. Managing these expectations can be a challenge for employers."
  • On balance, participating companies have a positive view of 'disruptive technology' with 46% expecting increased employment from artificial intelligence and automation compared with 41% anticipating a decrease.

The Honourable John Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Canada said:

"Businesses today operate in a highly complex, rapidly changing environment. The survey shows that Canadian companies are stepping up their efforts to hire graduates with a high level of technical capabilities as well as strong human skills such as the ability to collaborate and work in teams."

Stephen Liptrap, President and CEO of Morneau Shepell comented:

"Companies are facing unprecedented competition and disruption. They either adapt or they die. The 2018 Business Council of Canada Skills Survey clearly points to the importance of a diverse workforce that's well-equipped with the human skills required to succeed in this rapidly changing economy. I'm very pleased to see Canadian companies supporting employees during this time of change by investing in workplace training programs and committing to healthier workplaces."

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Successful Onboarding

Successful Onboarding: Strategies to Unlock Hidden Value Within Your Organization Mark Stein and Lilith Christiansen
  Fact: 1/3rd of all external hires are no longer with the organization after 2 years. What can you do about it? In a word: onboarding; although poorly understood, subject to narrow definitions, and with limited best practice understanding or management rigor. Consultants Mark Stein & Lilith Christiansen have worked with leading companies on it, and they've synthesized their work into a ready to use system.
  More information and prices from: - US dollars - Canadian dollars - British pounds - Euros - Euros

The HR Answer Book

The HR Answer Book: An Indispensable Guide for Managers and Human Resources Professionals by Shawn A. Smith, Rebecca A. Mazin
  The HR Answer Book addresses 200 questions that every employer needs to deal with, from recruiting and hiring to discipline and termination, compensation and benefits to training and employee relations. Accessible and concise, this on-the-job companion offers expert guidance on all types of "people" issues.
  More information and prices from: - US dollars - Cdn dollars - UK pounds - Euros - Euros

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