The experts advise a team on how to get through “the muck in the middle” to become a high-functioning work group.
Archives for January 2000
Skill-based pay plans (SBPs) in unionized companies is the subject of this paper. It focuses on a unionized mining company, detailing problems and successes, and also provides guidelines for implementing skill-based pay plans.
The case study of Maple Leaf Concrete Products is examined in this paper. The experts weigh in on how Maple Leaf Concrete Products can improve their performance management systems.
The revival of grievance mediation can be traced to an experiment in mediating workplace disputes in the coal industry of the United States in 1980, which resulted in a very high success rate of 80 to 90 percent. The decades that followed, researchers comparing the effectiveness of grievance mediation and arbitration concluded that grievance mediation is a faster process with lower costs that can produce a ‘win-win’ outcome and a positive long-term impact on the relationship between the parties. However, except in a very general way, the research has tended not to explore the long-term impact of the process and the outcomes of mediation.
Using a hypothetical case of a discharge grievance, this study attempts to fill that gap by taking the grievance through both mediation and arbitration, and contrasting the impact of the two mechanisms on the interests of the parties.
In an examination of this case, in which the Supreme Court of Canada revised Canada’s traditional approach to assessing damages for wrongful dismissal, the author explores law and legislation governing the dismissal of employees before and after the decision.
Mergers and acquisitions often don’t result in positive organizational change. In this current issues paper, the Dean of Science and Health from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Technology discusses the four stages of the M & A process, human resource management issues such as retention, and essential cultural considerations for a successful merger.
Over the past two decades innovative high-performance work systems have produced substantial improvements in the quality of working life and organizational effectiveness. But while the organization development literature is full of analyses of these initiatives, it does not deal in detail with the problem of managing employee performance and disciplinary problems within the context of the new high-performance systems. This study helps to fill the gap by providing a detailed guide for developing a new approach to diagnosing and resolving performance and discipline problems, an approach that avoids the vicious adversarial cycle of traditional punitive methods and encourages management and labour to collaborate in finding responsible solutions for their mutual benefit.
This current issues paper studies the benefits and drawbacks of email in the workplace – and its potential for increasing employee participation by enabling more democratic communication.
In this interview Professor Voos discusses trends in the world of work; what unions offer workers today; IR in Canada and the United States; the health of collective bargaining systems; and future issues and challenges in industrial relations.
To maintain competitiveness, many companies are turning to cross-training so that employees are skilled in multiple jobs. This case study looks at a Peace River Pulp of Alberta, which provides a successful example of cross-training in practice.