Author: Diane Wooden

Managing Career Aspirations

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away there was a reader who looks a lot like you. You were offered a full-time, permanent job just before you graduated from university. It was a great job and you felt very competent and capable...

How to Test Candidates (or How to be Tested in a Selection Process)

When you are recruiting for a new employee, most organizations advertise the responsibilities of the job and the technical and behavioural competencies required for success. The intention is to share as much information with potential candidates as possible with the hope that people who are...

The Spirit of Cooperation

I remember when I was formally introduced to the spirit of cooperation. The notion was that people do not do their work because they “have” to but rather because they want to cooperate. Think about it…if it is my job to make the coffee every...

How to Construct a Job Description

The organizations that don’t have job descriptions are often not as efficient, productive or successful as they could be.  Mind you, writing job descriptions is a lot of work and it has been my experience that as soon as you print the job description, it...

Constructive Dismissal

I want to make this a simple as I can and with that in mind, let's pretend. Let's pretend that you are my employer. You have hired me to look after your 13 month old son in your home. We've agreed that each day I...

Terminating Employment

In Canada there are two forms of dismissals: termination without cause, and termination for just cause. Generally speaking, employers have the right to terminate an employee’s employment at any time without cause, as long as they provide the employee with reasonable notice of the termination,...