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AB Gov Online Recruitment Tool AB Gov Online Recruitment Tool

Government of Alberta Online tool
Shows you where to recruit in Canada. Developed using over 80 labour market and demographic measures from Statistics Canada, the Custom Recruitment Fact Sheet tool will generate a list of the best locations for you to recruit for any of the 64 high and moderately-high demand occupations identified in Alberta’s Short-Term Employment Forecast (STEF).

Alberta Canada Alberta Canada

HR Series for Employers 
The HR Series for Employers features best practices from Alberta Employers like you. From recruitment and retention to employee engagement and to employment legislation, these publications give you tried-and-tested answers to your questions.

Alberta Human Services Alberta Human Services

Child & Youth Services Staff Attraction Incentive Allowance
To assist child care programs in addressing difficulties to attract higher levels of certified staff, Staff Attraction Incentive Allowance is offered under the Alberta Child Care Accreditation Funding Program to staff certified as child development workers and supervisors.

Behavior Assessments Behavior Assessments

Video - The Predictive Index® (PI®) behavioral assessment
Improves effectiveness and productivity across all levels of your organization. As a practical, reliable indicator of workplace behavior, the Predictive Index® assessment helps you make sound, people-smart hiring decisions — with the best results for the company, and for the people themselves

Cause Planet Cause Planet

Why employees leave: Retention strategies for nonprofits
Developing employee loyalty and holding onto good employees will be crucial for all employers in the next ten years. The number of people born between 1960 and 1980 who are in the workforce is half the size of those born between 1940 and 1960, as well as of those born between 1980 and 2000. This shift from having enough employees to too few will hit nonprofits especially hard, as they struggle to compete against the private sector that can pay more for the best employees.


Engaging Young Professionals in the Nonprofit Sector Jul 31, 2018

CCVO held a lunch for summer students working in The Kahanoff Centre to learn about their experiences in the nonprofit sector, and to encourage them to connect with one another. Thirteen students from nine organizations in the building joined us for an insightful discussion. The students shared stories of what brought them to their summer jobs in the sector, and what they’re learning from their experiences. Networks remain important, as some students shared, that because of their own misconception of being underqualified for the position, they would not have applied, if not encouraged by a contact...

Cloudwards Cloudwards

The Ultimate Onboarding Checklist: 21 Tips & Tricks to Make Hiring Painless By Joseph Gildred

There are stand-alone apps which help manage just about every phase of the hiring process.

I’ll get into more of those over the course of this piece, but the big one you ought to know about, and the one I’ll keep coming back to, is called an “applicant tracking system” — or ATS...

Compensation Force Compensation Force

2016 Turnover Rates by Industry
In response to the many, many requests received and continuing a long tradition here at the Force, I am pleased to bring you the latest turnover rates by industry, provided to us by CompData Surveys. The information in the following charts - both voluntary and total turnover rates - has been drawn from CompData's 2016 edition of their annual BenchmarkPro Survey, which features data submitted by more than 30,000 organizations.

Retention and Rewards: The Double Edged Sword
The idea that great people should be retained in their jobs for a long time is the exact opposite of growth and innovation. Retention breeds seniority and bureaucracy. Innovation requires youth and inexperience. For too long, too many of us have treated retention as a universal objective, one that applies equally to all employees. It's time we become more discriminating and strategic in our retention efforts and stop spreading them evenly across the organization. This means figuring out which employees and jobs are most critical to the organization's success going forward, identifying them as our .....

Conference Board of Canada Conference Board of Canada

In the summer of 2016, The Conference Board of Canada surveyed Canadian organizations on their rewards and recognition programs, practices, and budgets. The Power of Appreciation shares the findings of that survey, including the types of programs in place, rewards given, cost, and areas of successes and challenges.

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Denver Foundation - Inclusive Considerations Denver Foundation - Inclusive Considerations

Inclusive Project
The Denver Foundation's the Inclusiveness Project:A publication for nonprofits and funders.
Free tool to define inclusiveness and its benefits. The publication is also designed to assist organizations in preparing to do inclusiveness work; specifically, in understanding how to "Make the Case" for doing inclusiveness work within their own organization. It also includes highlights of research from the various reports the foundation has issued, as well as sector-wide data about inclusiveness. 

Drache Aptowitzer LLP Drache Aptowitzer LLP

Employment Agreements By: Mark Anshan
Employment Agreements are an essential feature of the employer-employee relationship in the for-profit sector. They should be considered equally important in the not-for profit sector.

First Reference First Reference

For over 20 years, First Reference has helped businesses, non-profits and charities meet legal requirements and best practices for HR, payroll, accessibility, finance, accounting, governance, IT and more

Human Resources Advisor Special Report | Updated January 2018 Understanding Alberta’s updated employment and labour law By Yosie Saint-Cyr LL.B., Managing Editor, The Human Resources Advisor™

Forbes Forbes

Nonprofit Leadership Strategies For Attracting And Retaining Talent
As nonprofit leaders know, investing in employees is crucial for attracting and retaining the best talent for complex nonprofit jobs. It’s also needed to maintain a culture of value, inclusion and engagement. Many employee investment strategies fall under the broader heading of leadership development. By offering a variety of leadership development opportunities, you can effectively meet the diverse needs of your employees.

Government of Canada Business and Industry Government of Canada Business and Industry

Workplace Training — Employer Information
Applies only to: Alberta If you are planning to hire new employees, you may be able to get a reimbursement for up to 70% of workplace training costs

Training-on-the-job program
Applies only to: Alberta - You may receive funding when you hire an employee who was injured on the job and who is unable to perform previous duties.

Government of Canada Job Bank offers Government of Canada Job Bank offers

Government of Canada Job Bank offers free tools to help employers hire, manage and train employees as well as listing federally available programs, services, incentives and grants such as Work-Sharing and training initiatives

Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations and Inuit Youth Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations and Inuit Youth

If you offer housing-related work experience and on-the-job training to First Nations or Inuit youth between the ages of 15-30, you may be eligible for financial support through the HIIFNIY program.

Hubspot Hubspot

15 of the Best Job Interview Questions to Ask Candidates (And What to Look for in Their Answers)
To help give you some ideas for the next time you're screening candidates, here are some of the best job interview questions to ask with the answers you should expect.

Inc. Inc.

7 Reasons the Best Employees Quit, Even When They Like Their Job
Losing a great employee is a terrible thing. There's the expense of finding, onboarding, and training a replacement. There's the uncertainty of how a new employee will work out. There's the hardship on the rest of your staff until the position can be filled. Sometimes there's a solid reason--the person was a bad fit for the team, or moved away for personal reasons, or was offered an opportunity too great to pass up. In those cases, even if it's a difficult transition, it feels fundamentally right. But what about the rest? Keeping your best employees starts with understanding why people leave. Here are seven of the top reasons:…

Job Science Job Science

4 tips for recruiting in the nonprofit sector Recruiting in the nonprofit world
Presents a unique set of challenges. Turnover rates in nonprofits tend to be quite high. Because employees are often very invested in their jobs, burnout can inevitably result. This can leave employers scrambling to find a replacement, which can lead to hiring without as thorough of a search as the employer might desire.

Leadership Learning Community - Recruitment Leadership Learning Community - Recruitment

How Strategic is your Recruitment? Deborah Meehan
Deborah Meehan examines the importance of "who to recruit" when developing a leadership program

Nonprofit HR Nonprofit HR

Four things your recruitment strategy is missing
Recruiting the best talent for your nonprofit is a critical piece of any successful talent management strategy. For many nonprofits, recruitment activities are limited to placing ads, sifting through resumes, interviewing and ultimately, hiring and hoping for the best. But in order to maximize the likelihood of making the right hire, your nonprofit should invest time to develop a sound recruitment plan designed to attract qualified candidates, effectively assess them for skill and fit, and ensure they are the right hire at the right time.

Nonprofit Risk Management Center Nonprofit Risk Management Center

There’s No Mystery to Your History: Using Background Checks in the Screening Process
Many organizations fall prey to the misconception that criminal history background checks are the only effective way to prevent the hiring of an unsuitable employee…

Emergency Succession Planning: A New Risk Management To Do Emergency Succession Planning: A New Risk Management To Do”
That perspective is being changed by the Washington, DC-based Center for Nonprofit Advancement. CNA has taken an important step to broaden the perspective by developing an Emergency Succession Plan Template. The Nonprofit Risk Management Center was pleased to be one of the organizations that lent a

Avoid Transition Trauma with a Succession Plan by Melanie Lockwood Herman and Erin Gloeckner
Succession planning can be a touchy subject. Members of a nonprofit board may fear the risk of insulting a CEO by suggesting the topic as an agenda item. Some CEOs may feel disinclined to raise the subject because it could send mixed signals about their intent to remain

How to Hire the Staff Your Mission Deserves By Melanie Lockwood Herman and Arley Turner As the economy continues to rebound from the recent recession, hiring—not downsizing—is the name of the game in nonprofit HR. For leaders that have been in the difficult position of managing layoffs and coping with increased work demands due to vacancies, the availability of funds for new personnel

Executive Director, Non-Profit Organization Salary (Canada) The average salary for an Executive Director, Non-Profit Organization is C$62,299 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Senior Financial Management and Leadership.

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People Keep People Keep

14 Employee Retention Strategies Ideas for Nonprofits
According to a survey by Nonprofit HR, over half of nonprofits report they do not have a formal recruitment strategy, a third of nonprofits say hiring is the biggest staffing challenges they face, and a quarter of nonprofits say their biggest retention challenge is the inability to pay competitive wages.

Retention Connection Retention Connection

Articles on Retention
This website is designed to provide employers--executives, managers, and human resource professionals--with a wide range of tools to control employee turnover

Service Canada Service Canada

Work-Sharing (WS) is an adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. The measure provides income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance benefits who work a temporarily reduced work week while their employer recovers. Employees on a Work-Sharing agreement must agree to a reduced schedule of work and to share the available work over a specified period of time.

Silver Creek Press Silver Creek Press

Silver Creek Press
Finding the right people in a tight labour market is not easy. After the investment of time and money in search, selection and initial orientation, managers and supervisors are wise to try to protect their investment. Retention strategies are not rocket science. Employee engagement is easier than you think. Silver Creek Press has several books, free publications and podcasts that help show you how to get great hires and how to keep them happy for the long term.


Sumac Sumac

Keeping Your Best: 5 Things to Give Nonprofit Employees to Get Them to Stay
Employee retention is an issue for any business but when you are trying to keep costs to a minimum, it can be even more of a challenge. Many non-profits count on their mission to bind employees to the cause but employees report that this seldom affects their decisions about pursuing new employment. The good news is that remuneration isn’t what keeps them either. Here is what your employees and volunteers are really looking for.

Top Nonprofits Top Nonprofits

5 Employee Retention Tips to Avoid a Breakup
“It’s Not You, It’s Me”  Watching a great employee walk out the door on to another job is hard. Employee turnover rates seem a consistent trend among both nonprofit and business sectors as technology and culture rapidly evolve.What to do? Keep that spark alive between your nonprofit and its employees

Train Up Train Up

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Workforce Workforce

Recruiting Tech Is Expanding, Unlike Recruiters’ Willingness to Use It
Studies show companies are struggling with implementing and enhancing hiring practices