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Human Resources stands at a fascinating juncture. As a profession, most of us are now heavily involved in large-scale technology adoption, becoming swept up with the possibilities that social media creates for collaboration and communication, and increasingly in a position in which we have the agency and credibility to consider what the HR practice of the future should look like.
At the same time, the very nature of work is being impacted by a range of economic, technological and societal shifts, challenging our traditional approaches to supporting organizations and the people within them.
This blog explores both contemporary issues in Human Resources and organizations, as well as pondering the future of work, and the HR profession. I draw upon ideas from organizational and social theory, Anthropology, neuroscience, as well as the wealth of excellent writing done by my fellow HR and business bloggers and writers.
**Important disclaimer: the opinions and thoughts expressed on this blog are my own personal opinions, and are not meant to represent or reflect the views or practices of my employer in any way**
I’m a senior HR Practitioner based in Toronto, where I work on programs and projects related to employee relations, recruiting, performance management, organizational development, and engagement. My HR career has taken me into a variety of industries over the last 10 years, including financial services, public sector, design, hospitality, non-profit and food processing, during which time I have at least dabbled in virtually all functions within HR.
The one constant is that people in organizations are fascinating creatures, and the way in which we recruit, train, support and manage the people in our organizations is a topic that I’ll never get tired of thinking about…especially about how we can do it better. I am deeply involved in my professional community, both online and on the ground, as a volunteer, mentor, Twitter devotee, and conference participant.
I have a degree in Anthropology, a certificate in Human Resources Management, a CHRP designation and have recently pursued coursework in Business Process Management, eLearning Development and Design, and Organizational Analysis.
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