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Nov 26-28, 2019 - Toronto
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Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
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Workplace Restoration
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Strategic Grievance Handling
Dec 3-6, 2019 - Toronto
Organizational Design
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Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
February 24-27, 2020 - Kingston
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
February 25-27, 2020 - Toronto
Managing Unionized Environments
March 3-5, 2020 - Toronto
Coaching Skills
March 9-10, 2020 - Toronto
Change Management
March 10-12, 2020 - Kingston
Performance Management
March 11-12, 2020 - Toronto
Labour Relations Foundations
March 22-27, 2020 - Kingston
Organization Development Foundations
March 24-27, 2020 - Toronto
Advanced HR
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Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
March 30-April 1, 2020 - Toronto
Building Trust in the Workplace
April 2, 2020 - Toronto
HR Metrics and Analytics
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Strategic Grievance Handling
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Talent Management
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Designing Collaborative Workplaces
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Building Trust in the Workplace
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Talent Management
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Designing Collaborative Workplaces
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Managing Unionized Environments
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Negotiation Skills
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Coaching Skills
Oct 20-21, 2020 - Kingston
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Oct 27-29, 2020 - Toronto
Strategic Grievance Handling
Nov 3-6, 2020: Toronto
Organization Development Foundations
Nov 3-6, 2020 - Ottawa
Performance Management
Nov 17-18, 2020 - Kingston
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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

Kari Boyle, Queen's IRC Facilitator
Publication date: March, 2019

It is common for employees to seek help from their manager if they are experiencing conflict or relationship challenges in the workplace.  What are your options as a manager to respond in a way that provides benefits to the employee, to the workplace as a whole and to you?  Consider this scenario: You are Karen’s manager. more

Deborah Hudson, Lawyer, Turnpenney Milne LLP
Publication date: March, 2019

Termination for ‘just cause’ (and without notice) is often described as the capital punishment of employment law.  Consequently, employers face a significant burden when trying to prove just cause at law. Arguing just cause for dismissal may be difficult, but not impossible, especially in circumstances involving dishonesty or lack of trust. Nevertheless, employers should always exercise caution when making just cause allegations, because a legally unsubstantiated just cause termination can be costly. If an arbitrator overturns an employer’s termination decision in a unionized environment, this can result in a decision that reinstates that grievor and provides him or her with significant back pay. more

Ronald Pizzo, Labour Lawyer, Pink Larkin
Publication date: December, 2018

A workplace investigation will not repair dysfunctional workplace relationships. A workplace investigation neither builds bridges, nor resolves interpersonal conflict. In fact, an investigation may make a difficult work environment even more difficult. So how do we put Humpty Dumpty back together again, if all the King’s horses and all the King’s people could not? more

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