Reference Checks: Will they lead to a happy ending?


I have recently been involved in an unorthodox recruitment, where the employer decided that proceeding with reference checks was an unnecessary step in the process. This experience made me re-examine my thoughts on the value and timing of reference checks for employment purposes. Typically, reference checks are one of the last steps performed before proceeding […]

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2017 Run to Renew Results – Why We Run

Salopek & Associates 2nd Annual Run to Renew was held on June 24th, and as promised, we wanted to share with everyone an update on it’s success in raising funds and awareness for the Calgary Food Bank. For our 2nd year of Run to Renew, our goal was simply to increase the amount raised and […]

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Strategic HR Partner – our role in developing the road map

When was the last time you sat down to plan a trip with your friend, your husband/wife or, your significant other? Do you recall the feeling of great satisfaction when you nailed – the what, the when and the where? Was there a feeling of relief when you realized you could stop worrying about the […]

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Hiring for Values and Culture Fit

A company is only as good as it’s employees. Therefore, it’s important to ensure you hire great people. Goes without saying, right? Of course you want to hire people who are qualified to do the job, but more importantly, you want to hire employees whose beliefs and behaviours are aligned with the company’s core values […]

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The Cost of the Lost

I am fascinated with organizations like law firms and medical practices where lawyers, doctors and nurses are placed in senior management positions. ‘Managing Partner’ and ‘Nurse Manager’ are well known positions that you will find in the majority of legal and medical practices. I am often left to wonder what skills or training these professionals, […]

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Employment Standards Changes: Bill 17 too costly to ignore

Bill 17, the Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act, will amend Alberta’s Employment Standards and Labour Relation Codes with many of the changes to Employment Standards being effective January 1, 2018. The new Act will require businesses to update their employment practices and to educate their managers on the changes. Failure to educate managers will place […]

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Employee Engagement – Outcome or State of Mind?

Recently, the majority of the conversations I have had with Senior Leaders have revolved around Employee Engagement. While Employee Engagement is not a new issue, it is a topic I am passionate about. Why is engagement consistently such a hot topic? Before attempting to answer that, I would like to offer a definition of engagement […]

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Successful Conflict Resolution Workshop: June 22

Salopek & Associates 2017 Training Workshop Program is in full swing and our April session on Performance Management was at capacity! We are looking forward to our next workshop on June 22nd – Successful Conflict Resolution, which will explore managing conflict in the workplace, providing tips, strategies and tools to help address conflict and develop the […]

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Run to Renew 10K Charity Run

We are excited to announce that on Saturday, June 24th Salopek & Associates will be holding our 2nd annual Run to Renew 10K Charity Run in support of the Calgary Food Bank! After a great inaugural year, our goal for the 2017 Run is to raise more funds for Calgarians in need and have more […]

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