February 06th, 2014
Could telecommuting work for you?
Credit: CBC Radio
By Michelle Eliot
Maybe you’ve been thinking the daily commute to the office is just too long? Or maybe you’d rather not have to dress up in a suit everyday? Maybe you think telecommuting could work for you?
CBC Radio’s Michelle Eliot talked to Sandra Reder, the president and founder of Vertical Bridge Corporate Consulting about what it really takes to make working from home work for you.
November 06th, 2013
Credit: Business in Vancouver (BIV) Ask An Expert (November 5th to 11, 2013)
Sandra Reder (right) in BIV
Sandra Reder: President and founder, Vertical Bridge Corporate Consulting
Studies show that companies that recognize and reward their employees have a higher level of engagement and retention. But how you recognize and reward your staff is not a “one size fits all” undertaking.
Recognition is personal; there are those who are not comfortable with public acknowledgement and others who thrive on it. A pat on the shoulder and a simple “job well done” from a manager may be all it takes for one person. There will be others who are motivated by public acknowledgment from a supervisor or manager. Whether you have a formal program in place or not, managers should be encouraged to watch for ongoing opportunities to say “thanks for a job well done” this alone can change the level of engagement in a workplace.
September 12th, 2013
This is a great article written by Lorie Corcuera, one of the amazing consultants working with Vertical Bridge. It’s a sentiment that I also feel very strongly about. Thanks Lorie for sharing this great article with us!
August 29th, 2013
This is a great article written by Emma Gray of the Huffington Post. Enjoy!
August 15th, 2013
Recently I was mentioned in a great blog article written by one of my colleagues Stevie Vu. I believe very strongly that networking (I think we need to come up with a new name for this!) must be authentic and come from a place where one has a real desire to get to know others, a true interest in what they do and who they are. When this is your primary reason for “networking” then it stops being “work” and becomes something you enjoy doing. Stevie has written a great blog article on this, please enjoy.
July 19th, 2013
This is a great Forbes article that Jennifer Gerves-Keen sent in. Definitely something to think about!
June 03rd, 2013
by Sandra Reder for the June 3rd, 2013 Canadian HR Reporter
Why does someone leave an organization? The answer can often be found in an exit inter- view. So why don’t more employers conduct them? With the cost of turnover ranging from 50 per cent to 200 per cent of an annual salary, and a skilled labour shortage, it has become increasingly important to under- stand what you’re doing right and wrong — people don’t usually leave for one single reason. But how can the exit process be done effectively?
February 18th, 2013
With so many generations in one workplace, the office petri dish is rife with conflict and resentment.
BY PAUL LUKE, THE PROVINCE
An alarm rang in Jennifer Gerves-Keen’s head as she heard another tale of different generations in the workplace messing each other up.
A woman from a Vancouver law firm was telling Gerves-Keen, an organizational coach and consultant, how her company’s succession plan had gone off the rails.
In what seemed to be a sensible approach, younger lawyers were to be groomed to become law firm partners to take over as boomer bosses retired. But there was a problem – the youngsters weren’t putting their hands up.
“They could not find younger lawyers who wanted to go on the partner track,” says Gerves-Keen, a Richmond-based trainer who works with organizations across Canada. “They literally had no candidates.”
The woman sharing this workplace crisis, a human resources manager, was worried. She even wondered if the firm could survive if no one wanted those jobs.
Gerves-Keen suspected that the firm’s young lawyers were ambitious but had rejected the rigours of a partnership model created by older generations. Being a boss beset by time-sucking demands may not have promised the work-life balance the younger generation wants, she thought.