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Workopolis is Canada’s largest career site for job seekers and a leader in HR technology solutions for employers. Since 2000, we have helped connect employers and candidates through exclusive partnerships and community sites, social networking, and mobile optimization.

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Why You Should Never Hire a “Taker” (And What That Means)

There are two kinds of employees in this world. Well, at least, according to Adam Grant there are. “Let me introduce you to two kinds of people who fall at opposite ends of the reciprocity spectrum at work,” writes Grant in his book, Give and Take.  “I call them takers and givers.”
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How to Calculate Cost to Hire (and Why it’s Important)

Editor’s note: This piece was originally published on the Workopolis blog. Knowing what it costs you to find and evaluate new talent can help you identify the places where it’s appropriate to take cost-cutting measures — or to invest a little more. After all, a bad hire will cost you much more...
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What to Do When an Employee Resigns (a Step-by-Step Guide)

Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published by Workopolis. Bad news: losing integral team members will happen in even the happiest work environments. So what do you do when one of your best and brightest receives an irresistible job offer, moves across the country, or decides to head back to school? It...
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5 Ways to Avoid Losing Top Talent to a Higher Paycheck

Editor’s note: This piece was originally written by Paige Magarrey for Workopolis. You went through all the steps to find and hire an amazing new star employee. But here’s the next challenge: keeping them happy and loyal in an extremely competitive market. “The confidence in the job market from an individual point...
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What NASA Can Teach Us About Hiring

Written by Julie Labrie for Workopolis. As NASA hopes to send a crew of astronauts to Mars by 2030, the space agency has delved deeply into the study of team dynamics. Through that process it has discovered that building a high-functioning team for space exploration requires much more than simply appraising the work experience...
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5 Things to Never (Ever) Say to Your Team

Sometimes you’re going to say the wrong thing. You’re human, after all – even the boss can commit a gaffe here or there. But there are a few things you might be saying to your employees that are horribly demoralizing – and you don’t even realize it. Things that are in your...
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5 Counter-Offer Mistakes Managers Make

This article is based on research for Workopolis’ recent podcast episode, What you need to know about making a counter offer. Employee negotiation is always a challenge (especially if you don’t have a designated HR team!), but counter offers are a particularly tricky process. Because it’s not just about retaining top talent...
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5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Make Employees Happier (and More Productive)

Stephanie Huff, Workopolis Is morale low in your workplace? Are you noticing higher rates of absenteeism? Maybe you’re simply wondering how to get your employees more motivated? The good news is that you aren’t the only one! Psychologists and researchers have long been interested in understanding the best ways to unlock productivity...
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How to Optimize Your Job Postings

Sal Ciolfi, Workopolis What are job seekers really looking for? To find out, Workopolis’ data team analyzed over 450,000 job descriptions, 150 million job searches, 49 million job views, and eight million job applications. The result has identified the best time to post a job; the effect job titles have on conversion;...
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How to Navigate the Unlimited Vacation Landscape

Madisyn Mckee, Workopolis Unless you live under a rock, you may have heard of the new benefit trend taking the North American corporate world by storm: unlimited vacation days. While this concept originally took off in the United States, it has now started to make its way to Canada with companies like...
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9 Reasons Why Nobody Wants to Work for You

There are a lot of red flags that employers look for (or should look for) when making a hire. And often times, if you find a candidate with these warning signs, you won’t just pass them over for the position – you’ll blacklist them from all future opportunities with the company. So...
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9 Reasons Why Nobody Wants to Work for You

There are a lot of red flags that employers look for (or should look for) when making a hire. And often times, if you find a candidate with these warning signs, you won’t just pass them over for the position – you’ll blacklist them from all future opportunities with the company. So...
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5 Employee Perks That Every Small Business Should Be Offering

Paige Magarrey, Workopolis Employee perks might need a bit of a name change soon. After all, they’re not really perks any more – they’re a compulsory component of any competitive job offer. Today’s seekers are looking way beyond salary to the free stuff and cool services that will make their day-to-day better....
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3 Tricks to Find Out If an Applicant Is the Right Fit

Ange Friesen, Workopolis Most of us have seen the damage a bad hire can do. It’s not pretty, and it can usually be avoided, if the hiring manager knows what to ask. This is not a matter of finding “the one question you must ask every candidate.” The hiring process is much...
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5 Simple Ways to Drastically Improve Your Employer Brand

Jared Lindzon, Workopolis No matter your company’s size or industry, employers today are up against greater odds than ever before when it comes to hiring the best talent. To start, employees are now switching jobs more often than ever before, leading to an increase in the frequency of vacancies. According to a...
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5 Simple Ways to Drastically Improve Your Employer Brand

Jared Lindzon, Workopolis No matter your company’s size or industry, employers today are up against greater odds than ever before when it comes to hiring the best talent. To start, employees are now switching jobs more often than ever before, leading to an increase in the frequency of vacancies. According to a...
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How to Make Sure They Accept Your Job Offer

Paige Magarrey, Workopolis You crafted an amazing job posting. You screened through your qualified candidates. You spent time and money carefully selecting your next star employee. But don’t start onboarding just yet — your candidate needs to accept the job offer first. And creating an enticing job offer becomes all the more...
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How to Make Sure They Accept Your Job Offer

Paige Magarrey, Workopolis You crafted an amazing job posting. You screened through your qualified candidates. You spent time and money carefully selecting your next star employee. But don’t start onboarding just yet — your candidate needs to accept the job offer first. And creating an enticing job offer becomes all the more...
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The Walmart Effect: Can Raising Salaries Increase Productivity?

By Lauren Pelley, Workopolis It’s a winning combination every company wants: Productive staff and happy customers. Could higher salaries be the ticket to both? That could be what happened at Walmart, an American powerhouse that found itself floundering in recent years before making a sweeping change to how it pays its employees....
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3 Companies That Revolutionized Their Performance Reviews

By Paige Magarrey, Workpolis Recently, we published an article on why performance reviews are still important to your small business. One of the biggest reasons we mentioned is also the simplest one: performance reviews can be whatever you want them to be. As we explore in our new eGuide, A Small Business...
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8 Things Your Employees Wish They Could Say to You

Everyone bites their tongue around the boss – it’s basic office etiquette. Whether it’s the intern watching their step around their manager, or the CEO tiptoeing around the board of directors, everyone has a few things they wish they could say to the higher-ups. Today, let’s put office etiquette aside and look...
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5 Science-Backed Tips for a More Productive Workplace

If you’re in HR or management, employee engagement and workplace productivity will always be among your most important considerations. If you can get people fired up and buzzing away, half the battle to improve morale and reduce turnover will be won. But what can you do beyond making employees feel valued and offering bonuses and...
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How to Tell a New Hire They Didn’t Make It Past Probation

By Nick Patch, Workopolis No matter how rigorous the hiring process, sometimes things go sour with a freshly hired prospect. Maybe your prized new hire does not live up to the extensive promises made in a charming job interview, or maybe a personality issue has emerged that wasn’t obvious before. Whatever the...
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3 SMB Trends for 2017 That Every Employer Needs to Know

The world is a changing place, and nowhere is that more apparent than the ebbs and flows of Canada’s small business market. Just ask Lisa Taylor, a strategic workforce consultant and founder of Challenge Factory, a talent strategy and career management firm based in Toronto. For her recently-launched book, Retain and Gain:...
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3 Canadian Cities to Watch for Tech Jobs

It’s not surprising to hear that Toronto consistently stands above the competition when it comes to Canada’s tech sector. Located in the financial capital of the country – home to the national offices of the Big Five banks, and boasting an impressive concentration of multimillionaires – Toronto seems like the obvious destination...