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Building Trust in the Workplace
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Labour Relations Foundations
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Sep 22-24, 2020 - Toronto
Talent Management
Sep 28-29, 2020 - Kingston
Strategic Workforce Planning
Sep 30-Oct 1, 2020 - Kingston
Negotiation Skills
Oct 18-23, 2020 - Kingston
Coaching Skills
Oct 20-21, 2020 - Kingston
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Oct 27-29, 2020 - Toronto
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Oct 27-29, 2020 - Toronto
Change Management
Nov 3-5, 2020 - Kingston
Strategic Grievance Handling
Nov 3-6, 2020: Toronto
Organization Development Foundations
Nov 3-6, 2020 - Ottawa
Performance Management
Nov 17-18, 2020 - Kingston
Managing Unionized Environments
Nov 17-19, 2020 - Toronto
Leadership Capability to Drive Innovation
Nov 19-20, 2020 - Kingston
HR Metrics and Analytics
Nov 24-26, 2020 - Ottawa
Workplace Restoration
Nov 24-26, 2020 - Toronto
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Nov 30-Dec 3, 2020 - Toronto
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
February 2-5, 2021 - Ottawa
Organizational Design
February 9-11, 2021 - Ottawa
Managing Unionized Environments
February 23-25, 2021 - Ottawa
Talent Management
February 24-25, 2021 - Toronto
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
March 2-4, 2021 - Kingston
Change Management
March 9-11, 2021 - Kingston
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
March 9-11, 2021 - Toronto
Labour Relations Foundations
March 21-26, 2021 - Kingston
Strategic Workforce Planning
March 24-25, 2021 - Toronto
Building Trust in the Workplace
March 30-31, 2021 - Kingston
Organization Development Foundations
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Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
April 13-16, 2021 - Toronto
HR Metrics and Analytics
April 13-15, 2021 - Kingston
Negotiation Skills
April 25-30, 2021 - Kingston
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
April 27-29, 2021 - Kingston
Performance Management
May 11-12, 2021 - Ottawa
Workplace Restoration
May 18-20, 2021 - Toronto
Labour Arbitration Skills
May 30-June 3, 2021 - Kingston
Change Management
June 15-17, 2021 - Toronto
Advanced HR
Jul 13-15, 2021 - Kingston
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July 13-16, 2021 - Toronto

Labour Relations Articles

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Labour Relations Articles

Devan Corrigan
Publication date: June, 2020

It is normal for participants in a workplace investigation to feel some anxiety, but too much worrying can create barriers to obtaining critical information, which is a challenge for investigators looking to build complete and thorough reports. Ensuring participants fully understand the process and their role in it can help alleviate unnecessary anxiety during the investigation. With a greater understanding of the process, participants can feel empowered to speak confidently in the interview and provide the investigator with the necessary information. more

Deborah Hudson, Queen's IRC Facilitator
Publication date: February, 2020

Workplace investigations have become commonplace across Canada. Many Canadian jurisdictions require that employers implement workplace harassment and discrimination policies, which often include mandatory investigation provisions. Whether or not investigations are legally mandated, it is sound practice for an employer to conduct an investigation when there may be potential workplace harassment, human rights violations, breach of company policy, criminal activity, security breaches, legal action, or media scrutiny. more

Joan Sabott, Queen's IRC Facilitator
Publication date: December, 2019

Conflict is tough for most of us. According to many physiologists, we tend to tap into several simple strategies when faced with conflict: fight, flight, or freeze. As a result, we likely aren't reducing unnecessary conflicts, and effectively dealing with necessary conflicts in productive ways. So many opportunities are lost because we aren’t engaging well. Being effective at conflict, both in a proactive and reactive way, demands that we work at it as an ongoing and everyday activity. In essence, it is a lifestyle choice in how we talk, problem solve, inquire with others, and arrange our processes and teams. more

How OSSTF Used Custom Training to Improve their Workplace Relationships

Cathy Sheldrick, Queen's IRC Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Publication date: June, 2019

Building relationships in the workplace is hard – and it takes work. It’s even more difficult when you work in a unionized organization which has traditionally adversarial relationships. But these days, organizations like the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) are stepping away from the attitude that, as a union, you have to be in ‘fight mode’ all the time. They are working towards accomplishing more for their members by trying to have better relationships with management. This is where the Queen’s IRC Relationship Management in a Union Environment program comes in. more

Earl Manners, Queen's IRC Speaker
Publication date: May, 2019

Just as leadership styles and organizational work have evolved, so have perspectives on performance evaluation. Traditional performance evaluation is hierarchical, control-oriented, and focused on individual ranking and grading. Present-day performance evaluation is relational, facilitative, and focused on development and problem-solving (Leadership, R. Lussier, et al). In Ontario, teacher performance appraisal requirements and processes are legislated. While the legislation is founded on a more traditional “three strikes you are out” mandate, the philosophy and practices are more contemporary. more

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