Monthly Archives: January 2014

AQ Speaks HR – Human Resource Planning in 2014

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Happy New Year! According to the Chinese zodiac, 2014 is the Year of the Horse.  The spirit of the horse is recognized as reflecting an unremitting effort to self-improvement. The start of the Year of the Horse is a good time for businesses and organizations to review their Human Resource and people management activities and plans for the upcoming year, all in the spirit of continuous improvement.

Following are five key areas that should be included in your organization’s HR plan:

1.   Employee Engagement Survey

Games employees play

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As employers look for new and innovative ways to engage employees in wellness and motivate employees to commit to healthy behaviours, while reducing their healthcare costs, gamification is becoming more and more prevalent.

To read more on this topic, please visit Kim Siddall’s latest Benefits Canada article here.

Before You Go – Travelling Out of Country

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It’s the time of year where many Canadians escape to warmer climates.  If you are thinking of planning a winter escape out of the country in the upcoming months, you should check with your workplace and/or benefits provider to confirm if you and your dependents have Emergency Out of Country Travel coverage.  Here are a few other things to keep in mind as you plan your trip:

Before you go: 

  • Make sure you have a valid passport for you, your spouse and your children, as well as any necessary visas you might require.  Your passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months after you return from your trip.