It's up to business leaders to promote diversity

Frankly, I could scream with anger whenever I hear United States President Donald Trump appearing to defend racism. I am also quite shocked at how quickly he has been able to dismantle civil rights initiatives, legislation, policies and procedures that support diversity in the general society as well as in the workplace. In addition, Trump's suggestion that diversity is simply reverse discrimination and that it's time to stop so-called "political correctness" sends shudders through my heart. I give thanks for living in Canada, yet I am already seeing some fallout in our great country and I expect this ripple effect will continue.

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Avoid summer haze by boosting engagement

Finally, those lazy, hazy days of summer have arrived. University students have found their summer jobs and elementary and high school students are getting increasingly excited as they begin the countdown to summer vacation. Summer season also affects our workplaces in at least two ways. First, employees quickly line up with their vacation requests, causing scheduling challenges for management. Second, people typically find it hard to concentrate in the summer, so employee productivity often lags behind.

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Trust in the Workplace

Often when we think of trust in the workplace, the general belief is that a good workplace environment has trust. Trust must exist amongst the employees as coworkers and trust must exist with the management team. Employees must feel trust that the decisions being made are being made with everyone’s best interests in mind, while meeting the objectives of the company. This trust forms the basis of the culture of the company that will propel the company forward towards success and will sustain the organization when times are tough and the employees are counted upon to do even more to ensure the company bounces back. When trust exists, employees are able to change direction, seek out new ways of doing things, and embrace the work they are doing as they are committed to the success they are witnessing by the actions that follow, the decisions that are being made.

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Are you looking for a candidate who can change your corporate culture?

As an executive search professional, it’s my job to locate qualified candidates, conduct interviews and psychometric assessments and check references with an eye to presenting a set of candidates to the client. However, it doesn’t matter how thorough this search process, there is always the matter of whether or not the candidate will successfully fit into and thrive in their new environment. This is known as cultural fit.

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Culture is Key to Success of New Leaders

One of the key success factors that I pay attention to when conducting an executive search is that of corporate culture. Why? Because without cultural fit, your new candidate will ultimately fail. In fact, studies show that a senior executive who does not fit well with the organization culture will typically leave on their own and/or be transitioned out within eighteen months. As you can expect, this departure will come with a cost, anywhere between three and five time’s salary.

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