Three Ideas to Gain a Competitive Edge this Summer

Business people in a sunny parkWith the warm summer weather upon us and with most schedules easing somewhat, it’s time to reflect on what some companies are doing to attract and retain the best talent. Here are three ideas you could implement in your company:

1.  Look beyond a candidate’s lack of Canadian experience by conducting behavioural and situational interviews to asses a candidate’s abilities. Create a standard template with role-related, technical questions for the interview and ask the candidate to participate in a work simulation exercise. This helps you focus on the core skills necessary for the job and helps identify the right person to fill the role. Learn more
2. Find out who makes up your workforce. Manitoba Hydro does this by asking new employees (through a voluntary form) if they are immigrants, and what languages they speak. This helps the utility company provide better service to their increasingly diverse customers. Learn more
3. Create and implement a religious accommodation policy to improve employee satisfaction and productivity. This will send a strong signal that your company values the “whole” employee and therefore wants to create a climate of equal opportunity and respect for diversity and inclusiveness. Learn more