View from the Bridge: 5 reasons to ditch performance reviews

April 30th, 2017


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

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

HR Reporter

Credit: Sarah Dobson, Canadian HR Reporter


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

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

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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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

View from the Bridge: Boring or Sort of Sexy?…The rise of HR

November 22nd, 2016

Below you’ll find an Inc. article on two roles that are driving the future of work. As you can imagine I wasn’t surprised that IT was one of them, however learning that HR is the other was somewhat of a pleasant surprise. I know what value a strong HR presence within a company can have. Unfortunately, we encounter employers regularly who fail to understand that HR plays a key strategic role in how they attract, engage and retain their employees. There’s some great information in the article on how HR and IT are having a real impact on business success. We’ve come a long way from processing payroll and hiring and firing! Read more


November 17th, 2016


ACETECH dinner (private event)

When: Monday, Nov 21st, evening
What: Speaking engagment at private dinner
Sandra Reder (Vertical Bridge)
DESCRIPTION: Sandra Reder will be talking about trends in recruiting.