Planning a Passionate Career Path

Janet Salopek, President of Salopek & Associates, with original members of Salopek’s consulting team in 2006, the year Janet started the business, which has grown to a team of 15 consultants across Canada today.  For as long as I can remember I have always said and completely believed that as long as I had a Plan I […]

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The Science of Appreciation

Lately, the subject I’ve had the most conversations about is Engagement. Fortunately for me, this is a topic I am passionate about. As a self-professed HR Management Junkie, I can (and do) spend many an hour discovering and evaluating new ideas to further my own understanding and aid my practice. While brainstorming for a potential […]

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Performance Management Workshop: April 27th

Salopek & Associates kicked off our 2017 Training Workshop Program in February with a great first session on Delivering Difficult Messages, and would like to thank everyone who joined us! We are excited for our next workshop on April 27th – Performance Management: A New Approach, which will address challenges, changes and best practices in […]

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Policies and Procedures: Friend or Foe?

Policies and procedures are an amazing tool we provide our staff to help provide them with guidance and clarity, in addition to ensuring consistency of practice. However, like when a superhero uses their powers incorrectly they can quickly turn into an evil villain or monster, the same holds true for how we implement and use […]

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Sometimes Breakups are Good For You

When it is my turn to create content for the Salopek HR Blog, I like to review the previous posts from my colleagues. Although I do this for practical purposes, to ensure I don’t replicate a topic of a recent post; it frequently becomes a journey of the ‘nodding head’. I nod in agreement with […]

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4 Tips to Successfully Court (and keep) Employees

As I watch my younger sister navigate dating in the 21st century, I cannot help but reflect on the beauty and success of good old-fashioned courting. This period of dating where you get to know each other over dinner dates, flowers, where doors are opened for you, and effort is made. I cannot help but […]

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6 Tips for Avoiding Costly Employment Mistakes

It is very important that the Owners and Managers of Companies in Canada understand their rights and obligations towards their employees based on their Provincial Employment Standards Act, Human Rights Act, Law of Constructive Dismissal and Court Decisions, including the Supreme Court of Canada, to avoid the damages that their Company can be required to […]

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Managers: Do We Expect Too Much and Give Too Little?

I have the utmost respect for Supervisors, Leaders and Managers – (for simplicity sake, I will refer to the entire spectrum as “Managers” for the remainder of this blog.) We ask them for so much, yet at times, provide them with so little. What am I referring to? Please let me elaborate. First of all, […]

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Forbidden Love: Office Romance and HR

With Valentine’s Day upon us, love is in the air! Candy hearts and red roses abound. Great if you’re in a relationship, but not so awesome if you are single and looking for love. Fortunately, or unfortunately, the office is one of the most common places to find that someone special. This is not overly […]

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