7 key points when building an award-winning team

July 30th, 2015

There is no “one size fits all” answer to how to create an award winning team, but there are some fundamental components that need to be there. The following are seven key things that every employer should consider when building a winning team.

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CBC Vancouver talks to Sandra Reder about commuter burnout

June 18th, 2015

Commuter Burnout

Did you know some employers start the work clock as soon as an employee gets on the West Coast Express? Sandra Reder, President/Founder of Vancouver HR consultant firm Vertical Bridge Corporate Consulting talks to CBC Vancouver about the how to mitigate commuter burnout and keep your employees productive (and happier).

The Most Important Hiring Question You Never Asked

September 23rd, 2014

Author:  Dawn Longshaw, Managing Director, Professional Recruitment

You are a hiring manager who has identified a gap in your team, you are an in-house recruiter who has just received a requisition from a hiring manager, you are an agency recruiter who has just received a search assignment from a client, or you are an applicant in front of any of the above three.  You have a job description, you have the hiring parameters, you have the posting – you are ready to roll – right?  Not necessarily.  If you seriously want to maximize the potential that the hire will be a success, and who doesn’t; there is one question that must be asked before you can consider that you have all the information you need to make a good hiring/employment decision. Read more

Considering Expanding Your Business South of the Border?

July 24th, 2014

Guest blog post by:  Karolynn St-Pierre, JD SPHR

hr implications of canadian business expanding into USA

You’ve thought about the legal, trade and tax implications regarding expansion into the US; but have you considered the HR implications?

Breaking into the U.S. market can be a highly rewarding endeavor for many Canadian businesses.  With a population of just under 400 million and a GDP of over $15 trillion, the potential benefits of moving “South of the Border” can be great but not knowing the differences in human resources can trip up even the most conscientious business owner and HR professional.  Read more

Vertical Bridge HR Consultant Wins Prestigious ICF Prism 2014 Award

June 16th, 2014

ICF Prism Award Winner
Vertical Bridge is thrilled to announce that Jennifer Gerves-Keen, one of our dedicated HR consultants, was the recipient of the coveted ICF (International Coach Federation) Prism 2014 Award for the work she has been doing together with Deloitte Consulting. Here is an excerpt from the press release sent out by the ICF:
“As a professional services Firm, our internal coaches lacked the knowledge and confidence to engage in holistic coaching conversations,” says Patty Tyers, senior manager, Deloitte Consulting. “Since working with Jen, the quality and depth of our coaching culture has improved significantly. Further we have expanded our commitment to coaching by continuing to develop an even stronger coaching capability in our leadership. “It takes a village!”
“From my perspective, The ICF 2014 Prism Award is a validation of what can be achieved when a coach and an organization work together to open up a dynamic organizational community that supports the individual while creating opportunities for the entire group to move forward.” said Jennifer Gerves-Keen.Congrats, Jennifer Gerves-Keen!

Organization Learning Thrives Informally

April 29th, 2014

Source: PeopleTalk April 2014 edition (BCHRMA)

Author:  Jennifer Gerves-Keen

IN A RECENT ARTICLE ABOUT CAREERS published in The Globe & Mail, Marina Glogovac discussed the relatively new importance of continuous learning as it pertains to ongoing success in today’s marketplace. According to Glogovac, learning to learn is the most competitively relevant skill for today’s world.

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Why Do Good Employees Leave?

December 04th, 2013

By Sandra Reder, CPC

There isn’t a simple answer to this question but 9 times out of 10 it has nothing to do with money.  There’s a saying that “people don’t quit companies they quit managers”.   Read more