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PHR / SPHR Professional in Human Resources Certification Kit
by Sandra M Reed and James J. Galluzzo III

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

PHR Study Guide 2019-20

PHR Study Guide 2019-2020: PHR Certification Preparation and Practice Test Prep Questions for the Professional in Human Resources Exam

Essential HR

The Essential HR Handbook, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Quick and Handy Resource for Any Manager or HR Professional
  This fully updated 10th anniversary edition is packed with information, tools, checklists, sample forms, and timely tips to guide you through the maze of personnel issues in today's complex business environment.

Employers Struggling To Find And Keep Employees

June 20 2006 - A survey by Hewitt Associates, a global HR services company, has found that big and small organizations in all industries throughout Canada are finding it challenging to attract and retain workers. Most of the 232 employers in the survey are focusing on flexibility as a means of addressing the problem.

While three-quarters of Canadian companies are finding difficulties in attracting or retaining employees, 44% have problems with both. The situation is worst in Alberta where 97% of respondents were having difficulties and almost two-thirds reported that both attraction and retention were challenging. With an aging workforce - half are over 40 - the problem can only get worse.

According to Cathy Course, a senior benefits consultant in Hewitt's Calgary office: "Canadian employers understand that they will all soon be facing the labour shortages companies in Alberta are already experiencing. As a result, we're working with HR professionals across the country to look at new ways to adapt workplace policies and practices to appeal to workers in a competitive environment."

Flexibility offers a solution, according to the survey. More than half (52%) of respondents said that flexible hours and benefits will help attract and keep the best employees.

John Tompkins, a principal in Hewitt's Toronto benefits consulting group says that: "Organizations are beginning to realize the need to convince older workers to stay on the job longer. At the same time, they want to convince Generation X and Y employees - those under age 40 - to join them. With an employee population so diverse in terms of age, a 'one size fits all' approach is no longer effective. Employers who can identify and meet the different needs of their employees will be most successful in the current labour market."

Hewitt's survey indicates that 55% of organizations are intending to introduce formal phased retirement programs, offering shorter working weeks for older employees near retirement, by 2009. This compares with the 26% that have such schemes at present. Additionally, there is increasing interest in offering other flexible arrangements such as:

  • Job sharing
  • Flexible hours
  • Compressed work schedules
  • Vacation buying and selling
  • Working from home
  • Elder care support
  • Wellness accounts
  • Unpaid time off for charitable work
  • Assistance with home technology purchases

Hewitt advises employers to take a disciplined approach to such working arrangements. "Employers need to balance their need to have the right talent with the reality of their financial situation. We recommend organizations undergo a process to audit their current talent pool, assess their future workforce needs, and then determine what they want to change and how that fits within their budget," said Cathy Course.

"Workers need to really understand the value of what employers are providing over and above wages and salary," she said. "With the labour shortage, organizations can't afford to lose employees because they don't know the extent of their full compensation package."

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.
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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. Accessible and concise on-the-job companion.
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