Queen's University IRC

Queen's University

Practitioner-Focused Research

Our research includes a variety of activities that complement our programming. Through surveys, interviews, and articles, we aim to communicate trends in the HR and LR fields.

Upcoming Programs

Professional Training Across CanadaWestCentralEast

Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
May 2-4, 2017 - Kingston
HR Metrics and Analytics
May 2-4, 2017 - Toronto
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
May 9-11, 2017 - Toronto
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
May 15-18, 2017 - Victoria
Building Trust in the Workplace
May 26, 2017 - Toronto
Labour Arbitration Skills
May 28-Jun 1, 2017 - Kingston
Performance Management
May 30-31, 2017 - Ottawa
Labour Relations Foundations
Jun 5-9, 2017 - Halifax
Coaching Skills
Jun 7-8, 2017 - Toronto
Negotiation Skills
Jul 17-21, 2017 - Halifax
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Sep 18-20, 2017 - Toronto
Labour Relations Foundations
Sep 24-29, 2017 - Kingston
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
Sep 26-28, 2017 - Toronto
Change Management
Oct 3-5, 2017 - Calgary
Coaching Skills
Oct 17-18, 2017 - Halifax
Performance Management
Oct 18-19, 2017 - Calgary
Negotiation Skills
Oct 22-27, 2017 - Kingston
Organization Development Foundations
Oct 24-27, 2017 - Toronto
Strategic Workforce Planning
Oct 31-Nov 1, 2017 - Ottawa
Building Trust in the Workplace
Nov 2, 2017 - Ottawa
Managing Unionized Environments
Nov 7-9, 2017 - Edmonton
Talent Management
Nov 8-9, 2017 - Toronto
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Nov 14-17, 2017 - Toronto
HR Metrics and Analytics
Nov 14-16, 2017 - Kingston
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Nov 21-23, 2017 - Toronto
Organizational Design
Nov 21-23, 2017 - Halifax
Designing Change
Nov 28-30, 2017 - Ottawa
Labour Relations Foundations
Dec 4-8, 2017 - Victoria
Coaching Skills
Dec 6-7, 2017 - Victoria
Labour Arbitration Skills
Dec 11-14, 2017 - Victoria
HR Metrics and Analytics
Feb 6-8, 2018 - Calgary
Performance Management
Feb 13-14, 2018 - Ottawa
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Feb 27-Mar 1, 2018 - Toronto
Talent Management
Mar 6-7, 2018 - Regina
Labour Relations Foundations
Mar 18-23, 2018 - Kingston
Strategic Workforce Planning
Mar 20-21, 2018 - Calgary
Building Trust in the Workplace
Mar 22, 2018 - Calgary
Coaching Skills
Mar 26-27, 2018 - Ottawa
Negotiation Skills
Apr 8-13, 2018 - Kingston
Organizational Design
Apr 10-12, 2018 - Toronto
Designing Change
Apr 17-19, 2018 - Victoria
Strategic Grievance Handling
Apr 17-20, 2018 - Toronto
Advanced HR
Apr 24-26, 2018 - Ottawa
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Apr 24-27, 2018 - Regina
Change Management
May 1-3, 2018 - Toronto
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
May 1-3, 2018 - Kingston
HR Metrics and Analytics
May 8-10, 2018 - Toronto
Managing Unionized Environments
May 15-17, 2018 - Halifax
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
May 15-17, 2018 - Calgary
Labour Relations Foundations
May 28-June 1, 2018 - Victoria
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
May 29-31, 2018 - Calgary
Labour Arbitration Skills
June 3-7, 2018 - Kingston
Organization Development Foundations
June 5-8, 2018 - Edmonton
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Jun 12-14, 2018 - St. John's
Strategic Grievance Handling
Jul 16-20, 2018 - Halifax
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
May 2-4, 2017 - Kingston
HR Metrics and Analytics
May 2-4, 2017 - Toronto
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
May 9-11, 2017 - Toronto
Building Trust in the Workplace
May 26, 2017 - Toronto
Labour Arbitration Skills
May 28-Jun 1, 2017 - Kingston
Performance Management
May 30-31, 2017 - Ottawa
Coaching Skills
Jun 7-8, 2017 - Toronto
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Sep 18-20, 2017 - Toronto
Labour Relations Foundations
Sep 24-29, 2017 - Kingston
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
Sep 26-28, 2017 - Toronto
Negotiation Skills
Oct 22-27, 2017 - Kingston
Organization Development Foundations
Oct 24-27, 2017 - Toronto
Strategic Workforce Planning
Oct 31-Nov 1, 2017 - Ottawa
Building Trust in the Workplace
Nov 2, 2017 - Ottawa
Talent Management
Nov 8-9, 2017 - Toronto
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Nov 14-17, 2017 - Toronto
HR Metrics and Analytics
Nov 14-16, 2017 - Kingston
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Nov 21-23, 2017 - Toronto
Designing Change
Nov 28-30, 2017 - Ottawa
Performance Management
Feb 13-14, 2018 - Ottawa
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Feb 27-Mar 1, 2018 - Toronto
Labour Relations Foundations
Mar 18-23, 2018 - Kingston
Coaching Skills
Mar 26-27, 2018 - Ottawa
Negotiation Skills
Apr 8-13, 2018 - Kingston
Organizational Design
Apr 10-12, 2018 - Toronto
Strategic Grievance Handling
Apr 17-20, 2018 - Toronto
Advanced HR
Apr 24-26, 2018 - Ottawa
Change Management
May 1-3, 2018 - Toronto
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
May 1-3, 2018 - Kingston
HR Metrics and Analytics
May 8-10, 2018 - Toronto
Labour Arbitration Skills
June 3-7, 2018 - Kingston

Human Resources Articles

IRC Articles and Papers Human Resources and Labour Relations Research and Resources

Human Resources Articles

Jim Harrison, Queen's IRC Facilitator
Publication date: April, 2017

We have created a checklist of 5 Questions that you need to answer as you work to be heard and have impact. They are essential questions to test yourself against at the start of every project. As you read through this for the first time, we suggest that you identify a critical HR initiative that you are responsible for getting your senior management team (or your boss) to support. more

Ian Cullwick, Queen's IRC Facilitator
Publication date: January, 2017

Performance Management (PM) has become a core organizational strategy and management priority for many organizations. PM can effectively be used to drive accountability, quality, productivity, competence, and rewards and recognition. Going beyond simply a tool to drive “appraisals” and incentive rewards, it can drive a sophisticated quality and performance-based culture. more

Cathy Sheldrick, Queen's IRC Marketing Assistant
Publication date: October, 2016

Queen’s IRC recently introduced the HR Metrics and Analytics program to help HR professionals analyze metrics and transform data into powerful stories for their leaders. Led by Paul Juniper and Jim Harrison, the program was designed to help HR professionals become more confident and competent in how to analyze data, how to use data properly, and how to share it in ways that can help their organization make decisions. more

Lessons Learned Over 30 Years

Philip C. Wilson, CHRL, CHRE, Director Corporate Services, DST Consulting Engineers Inc.
Publication date: July, 2016

I have personally witnessed HR’s evolution from the back room to the board room, from tactics to strategy, and to assuming ownership of the business and its outcomes.  The HR profession has advanced dramatically since the days when I began my career as a recruiter, and we certainly have come a long way from the days of the “Personnel Department”. more

Claude Balthazard, Vice-President Regulatory Affairs and Registrar Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)
Publication date: May, 2016

Do we really want to professionalize? That is a really good question—but there are layers to that question.  For some years, the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) asked the following question on its annual member survey: ‘Do you agree that the professionalization of HR is, or should be, an important issue for the profession?’ more

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