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Summer 2008 Edition- July 2008 Volume 22

Blackberry Picking
Ah, summer...a time to spend lazy summer days by the water, paddling a canoe, and picking berries. Our July issue always puts me in mind of the topic of work-life balance, and the recent ubiquity of the Blackberry in the news has come again as a reminder that this summer the berries many of us will be picking will not be made into tasty pies. more...

Making the Turn
What is needed to take an organization that may be struggling yet previously successful for decades and transform it back to its prosperous days? It starts with the people, not only senior executives, but permeates throughout the entire organization, sometimes down to the people who are sweeping the floors. more...

Stay Sharp and Fit!
Have you seen the recent Participaction television commercial? It sends a strong message to Canada's youth about staying sharp and fit. We need to send a similar message to HR and administration managers at all levels. We must become more engaged in order to keep up with rising industry standards. more...

Working as a Consultant
Q: I am very interested in using my expertise to become an independent consultant. Where do I start? more...

Low Cost Recruiting
Q: We seem to be paying more recruiting fees than ever before, but we’re still having trouble filling key positions and our HR department is chronically under-resourced. How can we get better people without spending a fortune? more...

Maria Hines, RPR
Nielsen Media, Markham ON more...

Brenda Rowe, RPR
Jazz Air LP, Enfield NS more...

Doug Gairns, RPR, RAS
City of St. Albert, St. Albert AB more...

Toronto’s One-Day Conference
IPM’s Toronto Conference in October 2007 turned out to be best overall program to date based on feedback from over 80 delegates in attendance. Participants commented on the comprehensive information, topics offered and engaging style of the seasoned presenters as well as the lively atmosphere in the conference room for the full day event. more...

Emergency Preparedness
A gasoline tanker truck was being loaded a few years ago in a large Canadian city. The truck was not properly grounded and there was a fireball explosion killing the driver and initiating a large fire. The company had a contingency plan, so they were able to say immediately “We’re in charge” and they assembled the disaster management team. The fire department arrived and said “We’re in charge” and later the Provincial Labour investigators arrived and said “We’re in charge”. more...

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