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DynaLIFEDx’s experience mastering the fact-finding and investigation process

Creating a Strategy for Workplace Investigations

Workplace investigations – where to begin? Like many organizations DynaLIFEDx conducts internal investigations for a variety of different reasons. In 2011, new to the world of Human Resources and Employee Relations, I was challenged to evaluate our internal processes for workplace investigations, identify risks and opportunities, and make recommendations on a move forward strategy. What clearly became evident was a strong desire to do the right thing, but a lack of consistency and clarity in how workplace investigations were handled.

Stephanie Noel, Queen's IRC Business Development Manager

Queen’s IRC Marketing Survey Results and Winners

With over 850 responses to our Queen's IRC Marketing survey, I am pleased to announce the winners of the $50 coffee cards, and share some of the results with you. Eighty-seven percent of our respondents have five or more years of experience in the human resources, labour relations or organizational development professions. The majority of our respondents (69%) are in the 40 to 59 age group.  About 23% of the respondents are unionized, and 47% identified HR as their primary role within their organization.

Queen's IRC Archvie Revitalization Project

Queen’s IRC Archive Revitalization Project

The Queen’s IRC archive revitalization project has been unveiled.  The goal of the project, driven by Queen’s IRC Director Paul Juniper, was to digitize archive publications to make them available to the public once again. “I am excited to be able to share our IRC research and publication history in a new and accessible way,” said Juniper.

Stephanie Noel

Let’s get connected – Queen’s IRC goes social

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new videos on the Queen's IRC YouTube channel. Take a sneak peek inside the IRC classroom and hear from our facilitators and participants about some of our most popular programs: Negotiation Skills, Managing Unionized Environments, and Labour Arbitration Skills. The Q&A series of videos feature our expert facilitators answering questions about current issues in the labour relations and human resources field.

Paul Juniper, Director, Queen's IRC

Transform Knowledge into Action with Queen’s IRC

Whether you are working towards one of our certificates or preparing for new challenges, our 2013/14 schedule offers learning opportunities that provide the skills you need as your work and team evolves. The Fall 2013-2014 Program Planner outlines our wide range of learning streams, taught by industry leaders who use real-world experience and evidence-based best practices in our classrooms. The Planner includes program details, certificate requirements, and information about our customized training sessions. Download our Fall 2013-2014 Program Planner now!

Organizational Design 4-D process - Queen's IRC

Organizational Design: Trusting in the 4-D process

The structure of any organization is key to its ability to function productively. In my role of chief executive officer for the Professional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta (PARA), I was concerned that our organizational form wasn't aligned with our intended function. My challenge was to take a group of volunteer resident physicians through a design process that would enable our organization to more effectively live its mission: representation for physicians completing further training in a residency program; advocacy for excellence in education and patient care; and optimal working conditions and personal well-being for all its members.

Queen's IRC launches new website

Announcing the Queen’s IRC Website Redesign

Queen's IRC is pleased to announce that its new website has officially launched. It was redesigned with simplicity, ease of use, and mobile compatibility in mind. Designed and developed in house, the new website offers enhanced navigational features, as well as a fresh look and updated content.

Paul Juniper, Director, Queen's IRC

Director’s Note – Fall 2013

“There is nothing in this world constant, but inconstancy.” (Jonathan Swift, 1709)

Swift’s words were true in the 18th century, and they remain true today.  We live in a world of continuous change – in both our personal and professional lives. And as our communities become more global and our careers more integrated, it can be challenging to keep up with breaking trends and best practices for your organization’s success.

Erin O'Flynn is the first participant to earn the IRC's Advanced HR Certificate. She is pictured here with IRC Director Paul Juniper, who spearheaded the creation of the Advanced HR programming and the Advanced HR Certificate.

Queen’s IRC Awards First Advanced HR Certificate

When Paul Juniper became the Director of Queen's University Industrial Relations Centre (IRC) in 2006, he recognized the need for more senior level training in the changing human resources (HR) profession. To accomplish this, he designed a new series of Advanced HR programs to enhance the strategic knowledge, ability, and capability of HR practitioners. The goal was to enable HR practitioners to shift from an administrative and/or transactional role, to one that has become an integral part of an organization's business strategy – an HR business partner.

Paul Juniper, Director, Queen's IRC

Human Resources: A Queen’s IRC Update

Over the past few years, I've spent a lot of time talking about the future of the HR profession; a future that I think is filled with opportunity and possibility. We've seen tangible progression in the role of the HR function within organizations. Increasingly, the HR function is viewed as a strategic partner, called upon to provide critical advice and concrete guidance.
 

Executive Summary

The State of HR in Canada: 2011 Survey Results

In February 2011, the IRC surveyed HR professionals across Canada to glean their perspectives on HR, the challenges and priorities for HR departments, and the kinds of skills and knowledge that are perceived as critical for the practice. This article provides a synthesis of some of our data. Please note that a complimentary copy of An Inquiry into the State of HR in Canada: Executive Summary is available for download from the Queen’s IRC website.

IRC Commemorative History, 1937-2012

In 2012, the IRC celebrated 75 years of industrial relations at Queen's. To commemorate the event, we've outlined the evolution of the IRC by focusing on the achievements of past directors, and the study of industrial relations at Queen's during this time.
 

Former IRC Directors, Don Carter and Carol Beatty, with current IRC Director, Paul Juniper.

Queen’s IRC: A Diamond Celebration

On October 12, 2012, the IRC commemorated a diamond milestone: 75 years of industrial relations at Queen's University. The afternoon provided an opportunity to reflect on the IRC's history, its accomplishments, and the many individuals and organizations that have been instrumental in shaping the Centre's journey.

Dr. W. Donald Wood, Director of the Industrial Relations Centre (1960-1985) and first Director of the School of Industrial Relations (1983-1985).

Celebrating 75 Years of Excellence

In 1937, Queen's University formed the Industrial Relations Section. Since then, the Section has evolved to include two academic programs, a Master of Industrial Relations (MIR) and a Professional Master of Industrial Relations (PMIR), and the practitioner-focused Industrial Relations Centre (IRC).

Paul Juniper, Director, Queen's IRC

Advancing the IRC Experience

I often think of September as a transitional month, full of promise and new beginnings. Not only does it mark a seasonal change, as summer turns to fall; it is also the time when students across the country head back to school. The Queen's campus is once again bustling with activity, with the start of the new academic year.  

Paul Juniper, Director, Queen's IRC

Beyond the CHRP – Raising the Bar on HR: Insights and Reflections

Throughout my career, which spans over thirty years as an HR professional, I have been a keen observer of our profession. I now find myself in a position where a large volume of information about the development and changing nature of HR crosses my desk, and I have the luxury and time to consider, reflect on, and speak about my experiences and insights on the future of the HR profession.  

School Administrators’ Perspectives on Labour Relations: Survey Results and Analysis

This report is based on a survey of school administrators in two regions of Ontario. It probes several areas, such as administrators' perspectives on the labour relations environment, the relationships between administrators and staff, the role of administrators in conflict management and dispute resolution, and the potential effectiveness of labour relations-focused professional development for school administrators and other education sector stakeholders.

Insights Opinion Poll

Practitioner Perspectives on Talent Management: Opinion Poll Results

February 2012 marked the launch of the IRC's new research initiative, Opinion Polls, that address hot topics facing Canadian human resources (HR), labour relations (LR), and organizational development (OD) practitioners. The IRC's inaugural opinion poll addressed talent management, and the ways in which Canadian organizations recruit, retain, and develop their talent. This article summarizes some of our findings. All reporting is based on aggregated data.  

Executive Summary

An Inquiry Into the State of Labour Relations in Canada: Executive Summary

In November 2011, the IRC launched a 37-question survey, "An Inquiry into the State of LR in Canada." The purpose of this survey was to describe the state of the labour relations (LR) profession in Canada, based on the perspectives of practitioners. This Executive Summary presents an overview of the aggregated survey data. This practitioner-focused research complements our 2011 exploration of the state of the human resources profession in Canada, and builds on the IRC’s 2009 labour relations survey.

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