Looking Back on 2013…

Stephanie Noel, Queen's IRC Business Development Manager

Stephanie Noel, Queen's IRC Business Development ManagerAs the year draws to a close, I would like to reflect on some of the highlights for Queen’s IRC. This year we launched a new easier-to-navigate website and began using social media. We have produced a number of short videos about our programs, along with a Tip of the Week series and Q&A clips from our interviews with facilitators and experts. Our Archive Revitalization Project was launched, and has added many terrific resources to the Research and Resources section of our website.

Queen’s IRC has continued to meet the professional development needs of our human resources, organizational development, and labour relations practitioners by offering programs from coast to coast. We also continued to extend our international presence with a new Partnership with the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business.

This summer, we completed a Marketing Survey to better understand the needs of our customers in this ever-changing world. We are currently offering a promotion if you register for a program before Dec. 31, 2014.

On behalf of the IRC, I would like to thank our client community for its continued support of our programs and practitioner-focused research. We value our relationships with our participants and their sponsor organizations, and I am looking forward to continuing to build these relationships in 2014.

As I look over the list of papers and articles we have released this year, I am proud of the work we are doing to help LR, HR, and OD practitioners identify and address key issues and challenges in their organizations. I encourage you to take a few minutes and review these excellent resources.

Queen's IRC 2013 Year in Review

  • An HR Practitioner’s Strategy For A Seat At The Table: Continuous Learning – Dave Crisp
  • Building Teams: Exploring Teamwork in Fast-Paced, Dynamic Environments – Brenda Barker Scott
  • Building the Blue Team: Using Conflict Management Concepts with Canadian Forces Personnel Overseas – Tim Gushue
  • Creating a Strategy for Workplace Investigations – Cathy Rendek
  • Encouraging Collaboration in the Workplace: Lessons from the Government of Alberta – Stephanie Noel
  • Family Status Accommodations: A Review of the Legal Obligations for Employers and Employees in the Canadian Workplace – Chris Foulon, Carita Wong and Andrea Stoddart
  • Internal Coaching: An Organizational Perspective – Grant Armstrong
  • Implementing an Interest-Focused Collective Bargaining Strategy – Andy MacDonald
  • Labour Relations in Canada: The Changing Landscape of Collective Bargaining after Ontario (A.G.) v. Fraser – Nick Miller
  • Mining the Past to Build a Better Future in Occupational Health and Safety – Vic Pakalnis
  • Organizational Design: Trusting in the 4-D process – Sarah Thomas
  • Random Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace: Balancing Employee Privacy Interests with Workplace Safety – Melanie McNaught
  • Reinventing Perspectives on Organizational Change – Kathy Cowan Sahadath
  • The Golden Rules of Fact-Finding: 6 Steps to Developing a Fact-Finding Plan – Lori Asselstine
  • The Relevant HR Professional: Five Strategies to Better Engage with Senior Business Leaders – Jim Harrison
  • The Six Levels of Workplace Health – Blaine Donais
  • Understanding and managing generational differences – Tania Saba
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