Entries by Pamela Bragg

Mental Health in the Workplace

Employers New Reality   I was recently honoured to be one of the keynotes at the BC Road Builders & Heavy Construction Associations “Year in Review”, and it could not be a more timely topic for 2020 than “Mental Health in the Workplace”.   Link to presentation:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRLkaLl7gzs

Supervising Others When Working Remotely

Most Canadian employers have been required to have their employees work from home. This new practice may leave some employees and their managers separated from each other for the first time. Embrace it or not, supervising others when working remotely is a new workplace reality. Fortunately, there are specific, research-based steps that managers can take […]

Failing at the annual performance review process? Not reaping the once expected rewards? It’s not you. It’s them.

Let’s look at the process of monitoring employee performance. It seems the collection of People Performance Processes are endless. There is the 360-Degree Appraisal, the Technological Performance Appraisal, the Employee Self-Assessment, the Manager Performance Appraisal, the Sales Performance Appraisal, the Paired Comparison, the Management by Objective.  I could go on. Regardless of which process your […]

Employee v. Contractor

Know the Difference Understand the Risks As a business owner you may need to determine whether to hire full time employees or use independent contractors. Don’t make the mistake of thinking they are essentially the same thing. They aren’t. And the risk to you in mis-classifying them is increasing in Canada! Anyone who works for […]

Talking Cannabis with the Canadian Home Builders Association Members

https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/news/kamloops-area-trades-employers-warned-of-dangers-of-cannabis-in-the-workplace-1.23616676 TALKING CANNABIS Recreational vs Medical? Duty to Accommodate? Safety Sensitive Workplace?    More Questions than Answers? Call Sarkany.  We’re your HR Business Partner.

Reduce Your Exposure When Hosting a Workplace Holiday Event

Reduce Your Exposures During Work Events Businesses host parties for a variety of reasons, including the holidays and organizational accomplishments. While these events are fun, team-building opportunities, they can create a number of risks for the hosting company. In fact, in the event that an employee is injured at the party or causes property damage, […]

Pre-Employment Drug & Alcohol Testing

In your hiring practices are you relying on a lab or doctor’s recommendations in determining the fitness or abilities of prospective employees?  Then beware, and be aware! There are legal considerations that need to be taken into account. Drug and alcohol testing in Canada has typically been restricted to reasonable cause, post-incident or return to work […]

The Winds of Change

Is Medical Cannabis the Next Employee Health Benefit? Medical cannabis is a controversial enough subject, without adding to the conversation whether your workplace employee benefit plan will cover the cost. Or not. If you’re one of the lucky Canadians who has access to an employer-provided health insurance plan or health spending account (HSA) then your […]

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. Is Your Organization Prepared?

There is a lot of buzz lately, mostly coming out of the entertainment industry around sexual harassment.  Yet I am always surprised in talking with people the number of them that don’t fully understand what harassment really is.  Many believe that if the victim has not been physically assaulted then there is no “harassment”. They […]