Ontario’s Chief Scientist Recruitment Underway

In a news release made earlier today, the Government of Ontario has announced that the recruitment for the province’s first Chief Scientist is underway. Four Corners Group will lead this large-scale international search on behalf of the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science and looks forward to receiving expressions of interest once the Position Profile is released in the coming weeks.

“This recruitment is unique in that the Ministry undertook a comprehensive public consultation process to help develop the mandate for the Chief Scientist,” says Suzanne Clark, the Partner overseeing the recruitment. “The Chief Scientist will report to the Minister of Research, Innovation and Science on an ongoing basis and to the Premier on key scientific matters, so there is a great deal of interest around this recruitment and its outcome from members in the scientific community and the broader public.”

Read the full News Release here: https://news.ontario.ca/mris/en/2017/07/ontario-recruiting-first-chief-scientist.html

The Empowered Workforce

The Empowered Workforce

Are your employees empowered? The “empowered workforce” is a popular trend that has recently caught on, especially among millennials who are looking for more than just a high paying job when planning their careers. You may have even heard it debated in your office as a way to re-focus, engage, and motivate your employees.

Like many new workplace theories, what the term ”empowered workforce” actually is or means can be somewhat vague. The simplest definition suggest that it involves engaging and motivating your employees, but there is a lot more to it, and its impact can be more far reaching than you realize. Read more

Four Tips For Attracting and Retaining The Global Professional

Four Tips For Attracting and Retaining The Global Professional

We exist in a global economy. Companies are multinational. Talent comes from all corners of the world, and the workforce as we know it continues to become more diverse, dispersed, and global.

Driving forces such as increasingly open economies, the worldwide expansion of organizations, technological advancements and disruption, and the willingness of the modern workforce to “go to where the work is” has created a unique recruiting and hiring challenge for organizations.  How do talent managers locate, recruit, hire and incent global executives? Read more

Is Your Company Paying Attention to the Female Millennial?

Is Your Company Paying Attention to the Female Millennial?

It’s no secret that millennials have become major players in the job market and are reshaping the workforce. Diversity and the gender gap have also become key factors, making the female millennial a very important segment of the talent pool for companies to focus on when recruiting.

PwC explored this important talent segment in a recent report, The Female Millennial: A New Era Of Female Talent. The report explored their key characteristics and what is important to this new generation of female talent.
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How Your Company Can Improve Diversity in 2017

How Your Company Can Improve Diversity in 2017

Addressing diversity and gender parity is top of mind for business leaders and organizations across Canada and around the world, and it makes sound business sense. Statistics show that organizations with a diverse workforce perform better, are on the cutting-edge of new technologies and ideas, maintain an engaging organizational culture and in return see a positive impact on their bottom line.

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LinkedIn Open Candidates

LinkedIn Open Candidates

Exploring your career options can be somewhat of a stealth operation. You don’t want to let your current company know that you are looking until you are prepared to make a move or have an offer. Let’s be honest, how many professionals haven’t found themselves in this situation before – looking to make a career move without your boss finding out? At the executive level, keeping your job search quiet is even more important.

“There is no way to tell the world that you’re open to new opportunities without worrying about your employer finding out,” says Dan Shapero, Senior Product Manager of LinkedIn Careers at LinkedIn, on the LinkedIn Official Blog. Read more

Will Annual Salary Increases Become a Thing of the Past?

Will Annual Salary Increases Become a Thing of the Past?

Expecting a big raise in the coming year? Well, according to Morneau Shepell’s Annual Survey of Trends in Human Resources it may have to wait.

Canadian employers are expecting salaries to rise by an average of 2.1% in 2017, down from the projected increase of 2.5% in 2016, and the 2.8% projected increase for 2015, making it the second consecutive year there has been a drop in salary increases. This is the lowest projection in more than two decades. Read more

How to Create a Millennial Approved Organizational Culture

How to Create a Millennial Approved Organizational Culture

In a last blog post, How to Recruit Millennials, we discussed the importance of starting to recruit millennials today because they are the executives of the future. We outlined things you need to know about this segment of the workforce and some tips for how to recruit and retain them.

One of the key takeaways from this post was that companies need to create a strong organizational culture that is appealing to millennials. A great company culture will attract top talent in any industry regardless of age or experience. Read more

How to Recruit Millennials

How to Recruit Millennials

Start Recruiting the Next Generation of Executives Today

Recruiting millennials is a hot topic these days. As today’s executives, CEOs and corporate leaders begin to retire, millennials are on the cusp of becoming the driving power of the workforce.

Millennials are now moving into middle and upper management positions, and they will hold executive level positions in the near future. Some already do. In fact, by 2020, millennials will make up 50% of the workforce.
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Rethinking The Annual Performance Review

Rethinking The Annual Performance Review

Nearly ten percent of Fortune 500 companies have done away with annual performance review, says Cliff Stevenson, a senior research analyst for the Institute for Corporate Productivity, a research network that studies management practices, to the Washington Post.

“The snowball has started rolling,” he said. “I would not be surprised to see next year when we do the large survey again that it may jump into the twenties.”

In total, just over half (52%) of all companies conduct some form of performance review, but most are failing to take advantage of advanced technology to gain insights into the effectiveness of their workforce. Read more