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October 1, 2018

By: Matthew Larsen, Associate; and William Deneault-Rouillard, Student; at Fasken
The BC Supreme Court’s decision offers valuable guidance to employers who are unsure how to proceed when faced with an employee’s misconduct.

Overview

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September 28, 2018

Being a remote worker for Chemistry Consulting has truly changed my life. It has allowed me to achieve my goal of working as a full time HR Consultant, while accommodating my personal situation. I am currently living in Nanaimo and report into the Chemistry Office in Victoria.

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September 28, 2018

Managing a workforce in today’s world can seem like a game of Jenga. During this game players take turns removing one piece at a time from a tower of blocks. Each block removed from the structure is placed on top of the tower. The result of each move creates an increasingly taller, and progressively more unstable, structure.

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September 28, 2018

The impact of the ever-shifting global economy, increased business competition, and rapidly advancing technology has created a new workplace reality for many workers, otherwise known as the “Gig Economy”.

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July 27, 2018

Many people say that one of the reasons that they remain with an organization, and enjoy their job is because of the people that they are working with. Creating an environment where people can connect and build relationships is a key component of organizational engagement.

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July 27, 2018

Having comprehensive health and wellness benefit plans for your team is a key component in supporting engagement and effective recruitment and retention initiatives; especially in this competitive employment market.

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July 27, 2018

While every organization is unique, here are a few suggestions about what you can do, as an employer, to ensure that you are providing a good working environment for your team.

 

1.  Hire and Retain the Right People

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July 27, 2018

Most leaders understand that the better the level of engagement amongst their staff, the easier it will be to grow and be successful in business. Unfortunately, current statistics indicate that many employees do not feel engaged, and employers are missing the mark with their engagement strategies.

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June 26, 2018

One of the biggest concerns raised by employees is probably not what you may think. It is not about the long hours they work, their pay, or issues with co-workers, rather it is about lack of communication and feedback from management!

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June 26, 2018

Written by: Matthew Larsen, Associate; and Zaira Petruf, Student; at Fasken

What is the value of an offer letter and does it come with any risks? Court rules that a service agreement signed by an employee is unenforceable and that parties are bound by an offer letter.

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June 26, 2018

A little feedback goes a long way and while immediate feedback is welcome and often expected within the work environment, it is also important to provide more formal feedback in order to support personal and organizational growth.

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June 26, 2018

Ideas on how to make this a much better process:

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April 17, 2018

Are you having challenges finding the right people to fill available positions in your organization? Given today’s tight labour market, we’re increasingly hearing of employers who are struggling to generate interest from job applicants. If you’re finding yourself in this position and feel like you’ve exhausted what you can do on your own and would benefit from some outside assistance,

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April 17, 2018

Selecting the best person to join your organization and become a member of your staff team can be a daunting process. How do you ensure that you hire the best possible member for your team?

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April 17, 2018

Recruitment is a two-way process. Your applicants will be evaluating you as a potential employer at the same time as you are evaluating them for their skills and fit. Ensure that you put your best foot forward!

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March 19, 2018

In an effort to support business needs and ensure that we are “open for business”, the Canadian Government provides a number of options to foreign workers wanting to come to Canada.

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March 19, 2018

In order to address the growing hospitality labour shortages, in particular for seasonal positions, the BC Hotel Association (BCHA) hired a consulting firm to develop a pilot program to bring in international students to fill those needs.

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March 19, 2018

With a strong economy and recent data from BC Statistics indicating an unemployment rate of 4.8%, the ability to find qualified and ready workers is challenging businesses all over the province. Over the past year, some restaurants in Victoria have had to close their doors, or reduce opening hours because of an inability to find culinary staff. Technology firms have n

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March 19, 2018

Written by: Matthew Larsen (Associate) & Harshi Mann (Articled Student)

I shouldn’t be telling you this, but ..." Court Rules Sharing Confidential Information with Subordinates is Just Cause for Termination of Manager

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February 21, 2018

In order to have a fulsome and legislatively sound diversity and inclusion program, an organization must ensure that required and appropriate policies, processes and guidelines are in place to support the fair and equitable treatment of all employees.

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February 21, 2018

Employers are becoming more aware of the potential benefits of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  These benefits can include, for example, improvements in financial performance, operational effectiveness, workplace environment, customer perceptions and employee loyalty and pride. 

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February 21, 2018

Your company’s workforce is most likely comprised of several different generations, each of which has unique perspectives and habits when it comes to the workplace.

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January 23, 2018

As you move forward with your strategies and objectives for the New Year, it is good to look at your current practices and ensure that they are supporting and not hindering your efforts.

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January 19, 2018

In today’s strong economy and tight labour market, the importance of a focus on your employees and succession planning becomes even more critical.

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January 19, 2018

This is a great time of year to review your existing strategic plan, or to take steps to put one in place for your business.  Don’t know where to start?  Read on to learn the basics.

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January 19, 2018

How well are you set up to succeed?  The benefits of alignment are real. 

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December 15, 2017

“Looking back and learning will enable you to move forward.”

- Eileen Brown

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December 14, 2017

On Dec 2, 2017 the federal government announced changes to the parental benefit program for Employment Insurance (EI).  What will this mean for the new parent and you as the employer?

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December 14, 2017

Vacation is the opportunity for people to take time off of work and spend time doing the things they enjoy – be it travel, sports, arts, music, time with family or friends, or relaxing “down time”.

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December 14, 2017

Most companies strive to be an employer of choice in order to attract and retain key team members. Providing recognition and support for an employee’s personal life is an important component of employee engagement and being an Employer of Choice. 

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November 14, 2017

A multi-cultural employee base is a common reality within Canada.  According to a recent Statistics Canada report, 22.3% of the population of Canada, or 7.7 million people, are visible minorities. 

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November 14, 2017

Events can be inspiring…fun...educational…celebratory. They can be a source of new information, new connections, entertainment or philanthropy.

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November 14, 2017

Planning an event can be a stressful and overwhelming experience.  Here are our top five tips to manage that stress and ensure a successful event:

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November 14, 2017

Year end is approaching and you may well have arranged for some holiday celebrations with your team. Here are a couple of things to think about with the approaching event.

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October 17, 2017

Accidents can happen when you least expect it – but it is your advanced planning that will enable you and your organization to handle it effectively.

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October 16, 2017

Chemistry Consulting and its’ subsidiary GT Hiring Solutions have a very organized and productive HWS Committee and I am proud to be a member of it. 

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October 16, 2017

As an employer, you play a critical role in ensuring that there is a safe working environment for your staff, and this can lead to great productivity.

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October 16, 2017

In spite of an increased focus on the overall health and wellness of employees, many efforts in this area remain concentrated on safety and security issues or traditional health concerns such as employee dental and drug plans.

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September 22, 2017

For many years now, Chemistry Consulting has hosted an annual breakfast event that brings together the local business community for a morning of networking, learning, and of course – food!  This year, we were pleased to have a guest speaker join us from Fasken Martineau law firm in Vancouver.  Matthew Larsen is an Associate with the firm and a specialist in Employment Law.  He provide

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September 19, 2017

A report from the ADP Research Institute, The Evolution of Work: The Changing Nature of the Global Workforce, indicates that 65 percent of employees recognize that constant role shifting within their organizations will require learning new skills, and 45 percent believe this trend of role shifting and having to learn new skills will impact them personally.

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September 19, 2017

Your company is built on the knowledge and expertise of the people who work for you.  Training and development of your team is vital to both your current and continued success.

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September 19, 2017

Training and elevating the skills of employees has always been critical and will become an even stronger driver in recruitment and retention strategies as we continue into what is being referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 
 

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September 12, 2017

Last week Chemistry Principal Frank Bourree appeared on CFAX radio to discuss the challenges currently affecting the Greater Victoria labour market.

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September 1, 2017

Chemistry is delighted to have worked with the team at Viberg Boot and to congratulate them on their recent recruit, Eric Clark, to the position of Director of Operations. 

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August 16, 2017

Chemistry Consulting survey confirms that the lack and cost of housing in Greater Victoria is making it difficult to attract and retain workers.

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August 14, 2017

Here are a few examples of how outsourcing human resources and getting the HR support your team needs can benefit organizations.

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August 11, 2017

Outsourcing HR is an option that makes sense for businesses of all sizes. In smaller organizations, business owners usually take on all HR tasks, managing these processes “off the corner of their desk”.

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June 12, 2017

BC is coming off a tremendous year in tourism with most BC communities seeing an increase in visitation.  While that is a welcomed trend, it also creates some interesting dynamics for hospitality operators.

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May 24, 2017

For most employers it is easy to keep the needs and interests of employees “top of mind” when we see and interact with them on a daily basis.  However, it is also important to remember to do the same for those individuals who find themselves off work for extended periods of time.

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May 9, 2017

Earlier this month our Executive Search & Recruitment Specialist, Sheenagh Beadell, CPC, was proudly elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Canadian Search, Employment & Staffing Services (ACSESS).  The ACSESS Board represents a broad cross section of the staffing industry from all across Canada and Sheenagh’s

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April 28, 2017

Change is happening everywhere, it is continuous, constant, and affects our workplaces. From implementing new processes, to moving offices, to changes in team structure - how we deal with the change and how we support our teams through those changes is critical.

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December 20, 2016

Some of us make New Year’s resolutions for ourselves each year, and with that in mind, it is also a good time to reflect on some HR practices that may affect your business in 2017.

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November 23, 2016

The festive season is fast approaching. For many employers this time of year raises the question, ‘To party or not to party?’.

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October 26, 2016

Our own Christine Willow was on CFAX, Victoria's local news radio station, to talk about.... taking naps at work?!?

It's true! 

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September 19, 2016

All good relationships take some effort - even the relationship between employers and employees. The first days, weeks and months of this business relationship are key to the success and longevity of this investment for both parties.

During this time the new employee is evaluating their return on investment (ROI) with you and may be asking themselves:

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July 28, 2016

Our company recently went through a merger.

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April 12, 2016

On March 31, we were pleased to host our annual Victoria Business Breakfast at the Victoria Marriot Inner Harbour.

As in previous years, the event attracted Victoria's top business and community leaders, all who look to this event as a bellweather for the coming year in Victoria.

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March 10, 2016

Join the pack!

As a result of continued growth, we are currently recruiting to complement our HR Consulting team with the addition of a talented administrative professional who will work effectively as a key support person to our Chemistry Consulting team.

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February 22, 2016

In my years of experience as an HR professional, working in both a consulting and operations capacity, I have seldom come across managers who look forward to, or fully embrace, the Annual Performance Review process – and more specifically the actual review discussion itself.

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February 19, 2016

Our own Garth Yoneda was on hand to represent Chemistry Consulting and GT Hiring Solutions at a recent announcement by the BC Jobs Plan. The event was to share news of the Multi Industry Skills Training program, or MIST, which GTHS helped to develop and implement in Victoria.

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January 14, 2016

Want to work with the Chemistry team? We’re currently seeking an experienced applicant to fill the position of Financial Analyst/Accountant in Victoria.

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January 5, 2016

Join our team and make the Chemistry of Business happen! As a result of continued growth, we are currently recruiting to complement our HR Services team with the addition of a talented HR professional who will work effectively as a trusted advisor to our Chemistry Consulting clients.

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October 26, 2015

Many businesses make bold statements about the quality of their customer service.  For businesses that engage in such boasts, it is critical to your reputation that they are true.

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August 24, 2015

Having had quite a few plumbers, electricians, installers, landscapers, technicians and other service people come through our home over the years has taught me a few lessons about what to do if you want to be successful in business – regardless of your business. In no particular order, here are some key ways of building a good business reputation and attracting customers.

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July 16, 2015

During interviews, when asked to define their leadership style, more often than not, candidates will indicate that they have an “open door policy” with their team; and are proud of the fact that they are easily accessible to those that report into them.  A positive message in support of effective communications and relationship building no doubt, but is it enough to simply state and/o

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July 8, 2015

I spoke with an individual a couple of weeks ago who was interested in buying a business that is currently on the market.  This individual’s challenge was that he lives elsewhere in the province so is not familiar with market conditions in the community in which the business is located.  He wanted to understand the market potential of the business but did not want to pay for market re

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June 22, 2015

I have been thinking a lot about communication lately, and how it seems to be at the core of many of the challenges, problems and issues that present themselves in the workplace.

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June 4, 2015

It is often easy to identify when harassment and/or bullying is occurring in the workplace, as the behaviours exhibited by the perpetrator are frequently quite overt, repeated and very clearly seriously impacting another employee in a negative way.  In such cases, clearly understood and communicated procedures, as formally outlined in the appropriate policy manual need to be taken as

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May 28, 2015

Meaningful reward and recognition programs have always been at the heart of successful employee retention strategies; and in the ever-increasing generational and culturally diverse workforces of today they play an even more integral role.

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May 19, 2015

(This article was originally published in the March 2015 edition of Business Matters magazine.) When it comes to the business costs associated with a company’s human resources, the turnover of employees has one of the most significant impacts on the “bottom line”.  As such, any org

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April 28, 2015

There are those that may feel exit interviews provide little value to their organization, and are largely a waste of time for both the person conducting the interview and the employee who is leaving.

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April 15, 2015

No-one can argue the benefits of having a diverse workforce, and I am confident the majority of organizations in today's world of business would proudly acknowledge their support of diversity as a concept.

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April 8, 2015

Given how busy we all seem to be with our work these days, and the fact that there just are not enough hours in the day to get everything we need to done; the idea of taking some time out for personal formal professional development is not always a practical priority.

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February 3, 2015

To be successful in business, you need to bring the correct elements together. Finance, human resources, IT, operations and legal… they all need to work together to achieve success.  And at Chemistry, we have a deep understanding of the issues that can affect a business in each of those areas, and how to solve them.

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