View from the Bridge: The Perfect Employee

June 20th, 2017

A WORD FROM THE TOP
This month we’ve been working with clients on a number of different projects ranging from onboarding new employees, assisting with building a great corporate culture, and developing a workplace cultural sensitivity workshop. In all cases, the common denominator is people.

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View from the Bridge: Are you onboarding by accident?

May 31st, 2017

 

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A great example of good “onboarding by accident” just came to my attention while working with one of our clients, a fast growth tech company. They had a new employee start and on his first day he was asked to come in at noon. When he arrived, they were having a company “pizza lunch”. He was welcomed in and had the opportunity to meet everyone in a very informal and relaxed fashion. He loved it (although they forgot to tell him that there would be lunch provided). He had no idea that this wasn’t the normal way new employees were onboarded.
This sounds like great onboarding but it was in fact an accident. The manager wasn’t available in the morning so they had the new employee start at lunch time. This story is illustrative of the importance of having a good onboarding process in place that is consistent and that aligns with the company’s culture. Imagine if everyone who joined that company was welcomed with a pizza lunch! Read more

View from the Bridge: 5 reasons to ditch performance reviews

April 30th, 2017

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Earlier this week I attended a great event hosted by Antonio Zivanovic of The Reframe Group at the ACL offices in Vancouver. The panel, consisting of senior HR leaders from SAP, ACL and Kaboom, talked about current HR trends and best practices. One area that got a lot of attention was the annual performance review. The big question was… is it still a valid best practice? The answer was a resounding “no”!!! Read more

View from the Bridge: The top 3 human capital challenges

March 29th, 2017

A WORD FROM THE TOP
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted for us recently in the Canadian HR Reporter Reader’s Choice Awards. It was such an honor for Vertical Bridge to be nominated by you the readers! We don’t know the results yet, but when we do we’ll let you know if we “brought home the trophy.” 😊

The article below was featured in the March edition of Canadian HR Reporter and it provides insight on 3 of the key human capital challenges that employers will face over the next 5 years. Leadership development tops the list. I was honored to be asked to have some input into this article.
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Leadership, engagement, change top 3 human capital challenges: Report

March 24th, 2017

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Credit: Sarah Dobson, Canadian HR Reporter

Excerpt:

HR expertWhat it takes to be a good leader has changed as the role becomes more complex, said Sandra Reder, president and founder of Vertical Bridge Corporate Consulting in Vancouver. “It’s a way different world out there. To be a leader in today’s business climate, the old command and-control style is long gone, and back in the day, you were the boss and you got to say what happened and if people didn’t like it, they sucked it up and left — you can’t lead that way anymore. You’ve got so many different factors impacting — you’ve got technology, generational issues in the workplace, you’ve got your leaders now coming out of that younger generation and they’re a different breed, they’re hard-wired differently, so to identify them and nurture them and grow them, it requires a whole different set of rules and skills.

Check out the March edition of Canadian HR Reporter or download full article here (PDF): Leadership, engagement, change top 3 human capital challenges.

February 27th, 2017

A WORD FROM THE TOP
As the month of “amore” comes to an end we are thrilled to have been nominated for the 2017 Canadian HR Reporter Readers’ Choice Awards. This is such an honor for all of us at Vertical Bridge as it will be decided by you!

We are currently in our 12th year of business and being nominated for this award is affirmation that our commitment to quality work, delivered with integrity in order to create an ongoing relationship of trust with our clients is being recognized. We all love what we do and we would appreciate your vote for this prestigious award! Read more

View from the Bridge: How to be an effective leader in 2017

January 31st, 2017

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Gong hei fat choy!

2017 is well under way and many of our clients have indicated that this is the year that they will focus on developing their existing leaders and their leaders of the future.

It is commonly accepted that leadership in the 21st century requires more emotional intelligence than it ever did in the past. We have curated a couple of articles below that provide some great information on 5 powerful habits of good leaders and leading in a millennial workplace. Read more

View from the Bridge: All I want for Christmas is effective, inspiring feedback

December 15th, 2016

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A WORD FROM THE TOP
It’s that time when most businesses are reflecting on the year they’ve just had and planning for the year ahead. As HR consultants, we are contacted by employers when they have a “people challenge”, when they need to hire, or when they are looking to develop leadership and culture within their organizations. In 2016 we noticed a definite increase in the number of organizations looking for guidance and support in several key areas; these included conflict resolution, employee relations and leadership. All three have one common thread that determines success or failure…effective communication. Below we are featuring two Inc. articles that speak to how effective communication within an organization can be a “game changer”. Enjoy! Read more