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Feb 21, 2020
Want to attract and keep great employees? Here’s how to raise your game
By the Editors

What kinds of benefits do employees really want? Have companies taken the open office concept too far? Those were just two of the questions raised at Help Wanted: HR Strategies That Work, a recent BCBusiness event focused on best practices for human resources and recruiting—and what the future holds for companies and workers.

Feb 19, 2020
Opinion: What makes you different from the competition?
Ben Baker

In his monthly column for BCBusiness, Richmond-based employee engagement and internal brand communications expert Ben Baker shares his insights into how to communicate value effectively, so people want to listen and engage. In the end, it’s about creating influence through...

Feb 14, 2020
Wholehearted Leadership Opinion: How well can you corner?
David MacLean

The speed was overwhelming, unlike anything I’d ever experienced on four wheels. The acceleration felt like warp speed on the Starship Enterprise. Pasted back on the headrest, my helmet-clad noggin had no chance of shifting its position. The sound of the...

Feb 12, 2020
Plan Smart, Care Smart

BCBusiness + Montridge Advisory Group Potential employees are hungry for long-term opportunity, and that means more than a good wage and vacation days. In fact, numerous employee satisfaction studies suggest that potential job seekers will choose employee benefits over a significant cash bonus, and these numbers tell an important story. “There is...

Feb 12, 2020
Go Figure: How toxic are B.C.’s workplaces?
Melissa Edwards

With the feds adding new Labour Code rules against harassment and violence this year, we measure the province’s workplace toxicity levels. 31 percent of British Columbians say they’ve been bullied in the workplace 20 percent know of a coworker who has been bullied on...

Feb 6, 2020
Veteran headhunter Caroline Stokes shares her tips for attracting and keeping the best employees
Felicity Stone

“Talent is the biggest driver of success, and a recruiter’s job is to get the talent,” writes Caroline Stokes in her new book, Elephants Before Unicorns: Emotionally Intelligent HR Strategies to Save Your Company. The self-described human capital entrepreneur did marketing and PR for firms like Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Nokia Corp. before moving from the U.K. to Vancouver in 2006...

Jan 24, 2020
Wholehearted Leadership Opinion: How do you spell success?
David MacLean

Do you remember that old Rolaids commercial? “How do you spell relief?” “R-O-L-A-I-D-S.” What a great campaign. I still recall it vividly it after all these years. Recently I was out for a coffee with a friend I hadn’t seen in ages. We both...

Jan 20, 2020
The New Face of Recruitment

HR professionals are often pulled in many different directions, including recruitment. This can be a time-consuming and overwhelming task, especially when it involves sourcing candidates and filling vacancies for roles that haven’t come open for several years. “We have huge empathy for the HR professionals who might need to fill five...

Jan 16, 2020
Benefits Evolved

BCBusiness + Ascension Benefits Group benefits can be the deal-sealer in hiring and retaining top talent. That means the way benefits are delivered has got to reflect employee needs, and the truth is, group benefits have remained relatively static over the last five or six decades. All the while, societal needs...

Jan 15, 2020
Boutique Investing

BCBusiness + Ballantyne Capital The boutique business model might be the most powerful and most enduring business model in the investment industry today. While Canada’s five largest banks and national fund companies manage most of Canadian’s investable assets, there is growing momentum for a different investment experience. Enter the boutique firm...

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