HR Tips

  • Seven traits of highly successful people

    In today’s fast-paced and distributed working world, effective leadership and strategic decision-making have become more important needs for businesses. So it should come as no surprise that according to recent research by the Corporate Executive Board, 10 new talents and skills have been found to be defining traits amongst today’s most successful people. Here are the traits that equip executives with the necessary flexibility and resourcefulness to deal with change, adapt to highly unpredictable environments, and constantly succeed in the…

  • Employee conduct outside the workplace: When should employers take action?

    Has the NFL kicked the ball into other businesses’ field of play? The Super Bowl is over. The NFL season has ended. Now might be the time to reflect on what was probably the most significant event of the football season, which may have far reaching implications for other businesses. I don’t mean the New England Patriot’s under-inflated footballs. Two incidents generated enormous attention beyond the sports page. One case involved a player being accused of alleged spousal abuse after…

  • Let’s talk: Five simple actions for improving the quality of employee communications

    Someone I know recently left a company that is in some financial difficulty. Prospects in the company for either career advancement or salary increases were becoming increasingly bleak. The exit doors were crowded with both employees who were laid off and those who wanted out before they got the axe. As employees were leaving, there was no effort to explain to the remaining employees what was happening and what the plan was to fix the problem. It turns out that…

  • Looking back and looking forward: Seven suggestions for mentoring a novice event planner

    As I write this, thousands of kids have headed back to school, from junior kindergarten to PhD candidates. I have a new group of students in my post-graduate program, Festivals, Events & Conference Management at Centennial College. The fall course is Industry Relations. The goal:  give students an insight into the world of professional meeting/event careers, to understand the variety out there, to introduce associations that can help them advance their careers, to ultimately find a job. Do you remember…

  • Internships: A winning proposition

    As the school year gears up, many students in their final year of education will be seeking internship positions to complete their studies and gain a “leg up” in the task of finding work. In some cases, a successful internship must be achieved as an essential component embedded in the degree or certificate program being studied. Within any internship relationship, there are two players: the mentor assigned by the business benefactor and the intern seeking to complete their studies with…

  • Six tips for building a meetings and events team that gels

    Working on a team can be great – you have access to a diverse group of skills and don’t have to carry the brunt of the work all on your own. But, there are times when working on a team can feel more like a tug of war contest than anything else. As Chief Engagement Officer of Potential Unlimited, I work with a lot of teams with the mandate of helping them work together in a way that will bring…

  • Moving beyond the digital divide: Top four strategies to engage your GenY planners

    By Vanessa Judelman What was it like when you started working? Did you use a fax machine? Did you rely on couriers to get information across town? We all know those days are long gone. The arrival of rapid digital technology has fundamentally changed the way we work. It has also changed the expectations and expertise of millennials, aka “digital natives”, who are now entering the workforce. Do you have younger planners on your team? Do you find their approach…

  • Top tips for surviving stress

    Have you ever considered quitting your job due to stress? Do you toss and turn at night thinking about everything you feel you need to do? Or, have you snapped at someone and then felt badly for overreacting?

  • Five key essentials to meeting management success

    Event management is a prestigious career choice. It is about more than party planning, creativity or décor. It is complex and encompasses project management, program design, measurement and evaluation, strategic development and so much more. Our industry is ready for talented individuals who understand this and want to achieve great things. Do you have what it takes? Here are some key essentials to finding success in managing meetings and events.

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