People First HR Services

Top challenges for businesses in 2013

Colleen Coates

As we ring in the new year, it is often a time to pause and reflect on past successes and maybe some transgressions with hopes of improving in the coming year. I asked three of our resident wise men and women what troubled our clients the most over the past year and how they planned to reduce their woes. Our industry experts provide uniquely valuable insight to help business leaders attract and reward the people who will ensure they continue to succeed by enabling their employees to do well at every stage of their career. Here are the top three common challenges our experts saw in 2012:

2013 Projected Salary Increases in Manitoba Cautiously Optimistic

People First

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (December 14, 2012) – People First HR Services has released the 2013 results of its annual Manitoba Compensation Planning Report.   With survey data from more than 130 Manitoba employers, the report shows that on average, Manitoba workers saw a 3% increase in their compensation in 2012.  Looking forward to 2013, employers are currently projecting average salary increases to for 2013 to be 2.9%.  Though this appears down relative to 2012, historically employers are cautious when making their estimates.  Real increases in 2013 are likely to increase to at least the 2012 levels.   Businesses that want to stay competitive should be budgeting accordingly.

Open your eyes, use your head before raising glass on the job

Colleen Coates

It’s a sobering reality: alcohol is still present at most work functions, from holiday parties to client lunches. While most of us realize that “liquid lunches” are passé and that getting sloshed at a company event is never (ever!) wise, it’s still unclear what is appropriate when it comes to social drinking on the job.

A recent survey by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) shows that this is a grey area. Respondents were asked how alcohol is perceived by their organizations at a variety of work-related activities. Among the findings, some said drinking is acceptable:

‘Benevolent’ sexism still common on job

Colleen Coates
While catcalls and overt comments aimed at female co-workers may have gone the way of the switchboard and manual typewriter, research shows that there is still sexism in the workplace. And while this brand of sexism is much more difficult to detect than what used to be so prevalent in the workplace, it is just as harmful.

It’s called benevolent sexism and while most of us do not even recognize it in our everyday lives, we encounter it on a regular basis.