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Putting the Human Back in Human Resources

Innovative HR Professionals Help Companies Hire Canada’s Top Talent and Keep them Happy

Canada is an emerging hotbed for startups, encouraged by the government’s support of innovative businesses with tax credits, which means there is an increasing need for entrepreneurs to hire and retain high-performers.

The year-on-year growth from the fourth quarter of 2015 to 2016 meant 6.3% more jobs in Canada, and human resources professionals are taking notice, offering solutions to help companies increase headcount.

Innovative HR Programs

HRdownloads founder, Tony Boyle, was a technology manager in 2008 who was faced with juggling personnel issues with his day-to-day role. He was searching online for HR information, and when he couldn’t find it, he created a solution. Today, the London, Ontario company’s features span the employment lifecycle, with phone calls pairing HR professionals with managers (they were the first company in Canada to offer that service), a blog, and more than 150 HR-focused courses for its members.

“It’s really a full circle of helping people with not just the content, not just the advice, not just the training or the service, but a full holistic feedback system that supports retention and talent acquisition,” said Boyle. “It really helps you grow your business.”

A Focus on Flexible Work

Cultivating a new business with limited resources can mean hiring contract and part-time employees—the category of workers that saw the greatest increase in Canada in 2016.

Toronto-based Contingent Workforce Solutions, hones in on the specific needs of these types workers and the companies who employ them, by providing outsourced contract worker payroll processing, benefits, compliance, and hiring products.

Jeff Nugent, the company’s managing director, believes that addressing the needs of contract and temporary employees is key. “Contract work is becoming more and more popular as a career choice for professionals looking for a more flexible employment arrangement and work-life balance. Working as a contract consultant has become very appealing to the largest percent of our workforce—millennials and baby boom aged employees.”

Workplace Happiness

Along with an increasing desire for job flexibility, Robert Half, one of the world’s leading staffing agencies, sees a trend toward positive office culture.

Noted Robert Half District President for Western Canada Operations, Koula Vasilopoulos: “There is a powerful business case for making employee happiness one of our top organizational priorities.”

HRDownloads also emphasizes the need for fun and engaging job environments with its goal, as Boyle said, “making companies a great place to work.”

Added Boyle, “If you make every single day fun and people enjoy coming to work, they are going to do a great job for you.”


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