Accused of Harassment. Now What?

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On August 1, 2018
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  • dealing with harassment allegations, harassment, harassment investigation, responding to harassment allegations, workplace harassment, workplace investigations
Introduction Picture this:  It is 9:15 a.m. on a Monday morning.  You are sitting at your desk working on a project.  The phone rings and it is your boss.  He asks you to see him in his office immediately.  He sounds upset.  You walk down the hall and enter his office and sitting there with […]
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Speaking Truth to Power Can Be Challenging

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On July 1, 2018
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  • challenging authority, dissent, expressing divergent opinions, speaking truth to power
Introduction Is speaking truth to power a sign of disloyalty?  Is it career suicide to question decisions or challenge the status quo?  Is it realistic for those in positions of authority to naturally expect blind obedience and loyalty?  Does dissent equate to disloyalty? A Memorable Film Once in a while you watch a film, read […]
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Taking a “Mulligan” for a career mistake

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On June 1, 2018
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  • bad career choices, Mulligan, overcoming bad career mistakes, Taking a Mulligan, tips for overcoming bad career decisions
Introduction There is a concept in golf known as a “Mulligan”.  Webster’s dictionary defines it as “a free shot sometimes given a golfer in informal play when the previous shot was poorly played”.  So, the question I ask is:  are employees entitled to a Mulligan?  Is it possible for employees to take a Mulligan for […]
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The Coming Workplace Ice Age

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On May 1, 2018
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  • aftermath of #MeToo, changes arising from the #MeToo movement, changes from workplace sexual harassment, future workplace changes, the coming workplace ice age, workplace sexual harassment
Introduction For the past year newspaper articles and television reports have been filled with accounts of respected politicians, entertainers and public figures accused of workplace sexual harassment.  A lot of attention, and rightfully so, has been focused on the bravery of women who have come forward to share their personal experiences and challenges.  While there […]
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Developing Strategic Leadership

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On April 1, 2018
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  • being a strategic leader, being strategic, components of strategic thinking, developing strategic leadership skills, strategic decision-making, strategic leadership, strategic thinking, strategic thinking ability
Introduction In a lot of Human Resources’ literature there is considerable mention about the importance of “Strategic Leadership”. This line of argument contends that for too long Human Resources’ practitioners have been too transactional and not focused on providing strategic benefit. As is often the case, commentators and writers refer to a term but never […]
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Overcoming a Lack of Industry Specific Experience

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On March 1, 2018
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  • dealing with a lack of industry specific experience, employment obstacles, hiring applicants outside an industry, industry specific experience, overcoming a lack of industry specific experience, overcoming stereotypes
Introduction One of the frequent concerns expressed by clients when applying for positions is their lack of industry specific experience.  Oddly, there are two points in the recruitment cycle when prospective employers raise this concern: 1. During the initial screening stage; and 2. At the final interview stage when an employer is trying to decide […]
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Providing Value to your Employer

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On February 1, 2018
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  • employee improvement, employee productivity, employee value, employees making themselves invaluable, providing value as an employee, value-added
Introduction A close friend of mine once told me that his ultimate career goal was to become irreplaceable to his company.  I’m not sure that anyone in today’s workplace is truly irreplaceable, but I do believe there are certain steps individual employees can undertake in the hope of providing value to your employer. What does […]
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Goal-Setting is Better than Making Resolutions

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On January 2, 2018
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  • goal-setting, new beginnings, New Year's goals, New Year's Resolutions, setting goals
Introduction Happy New Year!  You know it’s the New Year because the gyms are filled with people you’ve never seen before, smokers are trying to quit the habit, everyone is talking about losing weight, and all your friends and co-workers are on their best behaviour.  Unfortunately, this trend will only last for a couple of […]
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December is a great month for Job Search and Networking

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On December 1, 2017
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  • holiday networking events, holidays and networking, job search during the holidays, job search in December, networking in December, year-end hiring
Introduction Many people mistakenly believe that the onset of Christmas and New Year means that the probability of securing employment is greatly reduced. While there may have been some merit to this idea twenty or thirty years ago the reality is this: December is a great month for job search and networking!   December is […]
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Responding to Illegal Workplace Behaviour

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On November 1, 2017
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  • employee responses to illegal workplace behaviour, improper behaviour, responding to illegal workplace behaviour, workplace investigations
Introduction: One of the most troubling challenges any employee faces in their career is responding to illegal workplace behaviour.  This is always a contentious issue, especially for persons working in small to medium-sized organizations.  Do you report it? Should you remain silent?  Should you go to the authorities? I truly believe there is no right […]
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