People First HR Services

Strategic planning a map to growth

Colleen Coates

It’s been said, “If you don’t know where you are going, any route will get you there.” This is why organizations need to put such great effort into strategic planning. Without a map to sustainable growth, a business is not likely to survive and thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Saying that strategic planning is an important process is an understatement. Not only does it help to define short- and long-term goals and set the direction of the organization, it also provides a means of allocating the necessary resources and capital to achieve the desired outcomes.

MEDIA RELEASE – 2011/2012 Survey Results Bring Good News During Times of Uncertainty

People First

October 19, 2011 – According to the results of the 2011/2012 Compensation Survey for Manitoba Employers Report released today, the competition for talent is driving increases in salaries across many senior leadership roles; while benefits at all levels continue to evolve to match employees’ needs for life-work balance.

“The survey results clearly show that employers have recognized the need to attract and retain top talent, particularly those organizations who suffered staffing set-backs through the recession. We are seeing salary increases across most employee groups trending back to normal pre-recession levels.” says Colleen Coates, National Practice Leader, Total Compensation, People First HR Services.

Bob Brennan of Manitoba Hydro on the power in numbers

John McFerran

 Opportunity abounds in large Hydro workplace

One of the largest employers in the province, Manitoba Hydro employs 6,300 people from Churchill to Emerson, a fact that president and CEO Bob Brennan never takes for granted.

“It’s a sobering thought to know that you’re accountable for the welfare and safety of 6,300 people, especially when they’re working in an environment like a generating station or on a hydro pole,” says Brennan, now entering his 22nd year as head of Manitoba’s electrical power and natural gas utility, where he has spent his entire career.

The Quest for the Purple Squirrel

Karin Pooley

So the Recruiting team has adopted a purple squirrel.

Our squirrel doesn’t have a name (yet) but it does have a persona –    confident, an excellent work history, always learning, passionate and above all a positive attitude.  We add value and earn our fees by finding our clients a Purple Squirrel, the “elusive candidate,” the hard to find candidate, the candidate that fits that critical role in your organization.

Managing and leading are not the same things

Colleen Coates

The terms “management” and “leadership” are often used interchangeably in the working world. But while they have both come to represent the person in charge of leading a group of people, the reality is that these two terms are as different in meaning as they are in approach.

According to Steve Pilote, senior consultant, leadership development at People First, the characteristics of leadership include charisma (enthusiasm, optimism and the ability to motivate and inspire), focused vision (being innovative and results-driven), participatory nature (fostering teamwork and collaboration), and emotional intelligence (ability to identify, assess, control and effectively utilize the knowledge of emotions of oneself and others).