It can be difficult to keep up in a rapidly-changing industry like the environment. With such a wide range of environmental careers, how do you know if your offer compares to those of your competitors?
Are you missing out on the best candidates? Check out these 3 top reasons.
Sustainability is quickly becoming the status quo for Canadian environmental companies. Learn how your organization can use it as a tool to engage your staff, like AET did.
Small environmental businesses often face tough challenges finding the right staff. Read on to see how B.A. Blackwell & Associates Ltd. overcame this roadblock and hired a keen junior engineer!
Programs like our International Environmental Youth Corps (IEYC) make it easier for employers to say yes to hiring outstanding young staff. Check out this success story from Inside Education's Karin Hedetniemi.
The Environmental Sector faces numerous challenges in the recruitment of skilled workers. Learn why employer branding is essential to your recruitment strategy in a guest blog by Kathryn Cubbin from Talent Bond.
Wage subsidy programs can offer a win-win solution for both employers and young professionals. Learn why wage subsidy programs foster quality employment opportunities.
ECO Canada caught up with Sarah Hatfield from Pinchin Environmental to chat about the unique challenges for water quality professionals. Learn about what it takes to work in this exciting field.
Interested in working in the areas of energy management, energy conservation, energy efficiency or renewable energy? Learn more about energy careers including salary expectations and experience and skills requirements.
BEAHR Training Programs could not be a success without you! Find out how this program supports local environmental training for Aboriginal communities.
Wondering about the real business benefits of internships? Consider these 5 (often surprising) ways it pays to host an intern.
What’s the secret to working as efficiently as possible? It might not be what you think. Find out what a leading “Productivity Ninja” discovered in her company’s recent work experiment.
The words “leader” and “leadership” get thrown around a lot, but what do they really mean for environmental careers? Learn about the key traits that every successful leader needs.
Jon Hantho, an ECO Canada Board of Directors member, has been named a winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards. Learn more about his vision and work at Maxxam.
Gain insight from Melissa Creede; an environmental professional who is dedicated to enabling individuals and organizations activate their full potential as effective leaders.
The challenge for employers is not in simply attracting workers who want to work in an environmental company. It’s about finding workers that want to stay and work for your company.
As a growing number of companies are starting to realize, finding and keeping top talent is not just about the money. Take our quiz to see how your own employer compares!
What separates an extraordinary manager from an ordinary one? Find out if you have what it takes to be a manager, or if you already are, whether you're meeting the standards of successful management.
The top reason employees leave organizations is due to poor relationships with their managers. People don’t leave organizations, they leave managers.
Asking the same interview questions time and time again can lead to rehearsed, insincere answers. Here are some great examples of re-wording common interview questions to get the candid answers you need.
Engaged employees are more likely to produce high quality work, optimize performance & exercise more critical thought and creativity. So here's how to engage them in the first place.
Each day an increasing amount of information is thrown at you. New invoices, mail, proposals, reports and other printouts hit your desk at least a few times a day. But what's the danger?
Employee retention is one of the biggest concerns for environmental executives. So how can you do a better job retaining top talent? Here's 5 tips to help you stop the job hop at your workplace.
This year’s Environmental Employers of the Year Awards recognized employers for their commitment and dedication to engaging employees.
Learn about some of the innovative HR policies of Remediation Consulting Group, an environmental consulting firm specializing in environmental site assessment, remediation and site reclamation.
Take a look at our compilation of some of hiring managers' most memorable (not in a good way) interviewee blunders.
By 2020, 23% of the environmental workforce will reach the age of retirement, and employers will be competing for the best young new talent. Here are 4 elements that set some of the top organizations apart from their competitors.
We interview Internat Energy Solutions Canada, an independent engineering consulting company dedicated to the creation of a more sustainable economy, government and society.
The top reason employees leave organizations is due to poor relationships with their direct supervisor. Here are some insights on other reasons employees may not be satisfied with their performance.
Why do so many new hires fail within the first year and a half? Learn how hiring for attitude can prevent this in the ever changing hiring landscape.
What makes an applicant stand out—and most importantly what makes a recruiter toss an application in the recycle bin.
As an interviewer, it is helpful to ask a variety of different questions to get people out of their comfort zone. As an interviewee, it is important to be prepared to think on your feet and not get thrown off track.
Just how much does wasted time at work affect the bottom line? A recent survey determined that employers spend nearly $760 billion a year paying employees to goof off on the Web.
A recent study revealed that 84% of employees are planning on seeking new employment in 2012, with only 5% intending to remain in their current role across both Canada and the US.
Learn more about what makes WESA Group, a leading environmental sciences, health, safety and engineering consulting group, unique in our latest environmental employer spotlight.
Recent survey findings reflect a lot of employee dissatisfaction across North America. Employees are restless and feel they are lacking in options. Are you aware of this trend and how to reverse it?
ECO Canada is pleased to spotlight Esak Consulting, a progressive environmental consulting company based in Edmonton, Alberta. Learn what makes them unique and how they engage their staff.
Constant complaining and negativity can take its toll. While some employees may be able to block it out, others may be more likely to jump on the bandwagon of discontent. The result? Likely, a further decrease in both productiv
In the second part to this blog, we will discuss the various challenges associated with Succession Planning and end off by sharing a few resources available to help you as prepare your organization and employees for the years ahead.<
A recent ECO Canada survey found that a large portion of respondents wanted to see more content on succession planning. So here it is – over the next two weeks the HR blog will be dedicated to succession planning.
Not sure where to begin? Here’s some of the top ways to green your workplace
Looking to save money? Bringing on eager, recently educated individual is a great way to obtain a fresh perspective on existing projects.
Guest blogger and president of SP Maloney Corp, Steve Maloney, shares his insight and experience.
Why are so many employees apprehensive to take on more responsibility?
Because first impressions are so important, how you treat that impressionable new employee is critical. Failure to properly onboard can ultimately lead to that ‘perfect’ new hire leaving for another opportunity.
Take a look at some of our favorite out-of-the-box benefits and practices being offered by Canadian environmental organizations.
Organizations can improve their productivity, marketability, profitability and retention by supporting and fostering their most valuable assets – their employees. Without an ongoing commitment and investment to professional dev
Does one of your key players seem unmotivated or unenthusiastic? Jeff Haden blogger from B-Net sheds light on the issue by sharing 8 reasons employees might not care... the answer may be you.
Attracting and retaining top talent is both a priority and a challenge for environmental managers. Without the right people around to execute key strategies, problems can and will crop up.
With the growth of the internet and social networking sites, the opportunity to network has never been greater. An increasing number of contemporary organizations across the globe are beginning to harness the connective power of onli
As 14% of the environmental workforce reaches retirement age in the next decade, corporate success will become increasingly linked to the successful retention of new and mid-career professionals.
A well- crafted job description can be an important tool in attracting the right candidates. It is imperative to concisely communicate the key responsibilities of the position, and qualifications or skills required for the job to inc
Learn how Gustavo was able to add value to his resume and differentiate himself in the job market using the Harvard Stepping up to Management Program.
As a strategy to attract, retain and get the most out of employees, many forward thinking employers are starting to think “outside the box” when it comes to creating HR policies and benefit packages. Here are a few
As the baby boomers head to retirement, millions of vacancies will be left for this group of Gen ‘Yers to fill. “Employers will become locked in a war for employees as they struggle to hire and retain qualified workers.
Because first impressions are so important, the failure to properly onboard new employees can be detrimental to your new employee’s future performance; and can ultimately result in your new hire leaving for a another opportunit
Learning how to efficiently and effectively screen resumes is an essential skill for anyone involved in the recruitment and selection process. Susan Heathfield outlines steps you can take to decrease the time you spend searching for
As the economy continues to get stronger, environmental employers will need to re-assess their recruitment and compensation practices, in order to attract and retain key employees.
Peter Harris, founder of the Work from Home Day movement discusses the benefits of working from home. Past MP, Michael Savage also weighs in, discussing the environmental benefits of working from home
Wellness programs have been advocated as a way to decrease healthcare costs, reduce absenteeism, and increase productivity. But which specific benefits should you include in your wellness program?
Heather R. Huhman outlines 5 ways employers can avoid these issues by offering valuable options to keep their employees happy
A recent survey by Manpower suggests that employers across the country are planning to increase their hiring during the second quarter of 2011. Are your employees poachable?
Tune in to the second chapter of discovering empowerment in your professional life where Craig Dowden is interviewed on the impact of happiness in the wor
Ever wonder what other environmental companies are doing to engage and retain their staff? The HR case study video series provides more insight into organizational corporate cultures and HR programs at 6 leading environmental compani
Tune into ez ROCK 99.7 radio where Craig is featured in a bi-monthly spot aimed at helping people discover the power of purpose and empower
See what one of our HR experts, Craig Dowden has to say about New Year’s Resolutions
Organizations often top-up maternity benefits and provide additional benefits to employees with young families. Here are a few examples of the top-ups that are commonly paid-out to employees approaching maternity leave.
Recognize this: people want to be part of something meaningful – something larger than themselves. Have you ever used one of those “you are here” maps, like they have in a mall or city centre?
Motivations may play a big part in how people work, and why they work. Check out this lively video which illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and work.
This post will focus on strategies organizations can draw upon to develop a high-powered executive cadre.
Self-control, said George Bernard Shaw, is the quality that distinguishes the fittest to survive. The incident involving former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez is a public example of how loss of self-control can derail a career.
For the majority of the time you’re at work, let’s say 75% (we all have off days), what’s your attitude? Gung-ho get-it-done? Excitement? Just happy to have a job? Get through the day so you can go home?
One of our HR Experts from Beyond Rewards Inc., answers the following question from one of our Employer members
Everyone wants to be liked, yet despite this innate desire, we often behave in ways that make us unlikeable. Tim Sanders who describes likeability as “an ability to create positive attitudes in other people.”
Why are we still relying on a tool created 30 years ago in a much different economic and workplace reality?
What are key identifiers of employee engagement?
One of our HR experts, Lynne Bard, from Beyond Rewards Inc., answered the following question fro
Most of our daily choices are made automatically without even thinking about them. To change our habits, we first need to be aware of them.
Managing our emotions is crucial because it allows us to use our brain more efficiently. Experiencing strong negative emotions at work can significantly diminish our capacity to stay focused and problem solve.
A report out of the UK reveals how thinly stretched the employee/employer contract is becoming as the effects of the rece
This is a very common question that gets asked by many different people, including both employers and employees. Here are two different approaches to finding salary information.
One of our HR Experts from Beyond Rewards Inc., answered the following question from one of our Employer members
The Alberta Job Centre posts about how employer branding can benefit the recruiting process. When the competition for talent in tight, what can an employer do to set themselves apart from everyone else looking to hire?
Many people think the reason to engage a search firm is to get help with recruiting. Well, maybe that approach works in big companies, but in small firms great recruiting is nearly useless by itself.
One of our HR Experts, Monica Beauregard, answered the following question from one of our Employer members
When asked what diversity means to them (the small business owner), many respond it is about differences in race or gender. It is not about making the workplace a better place in which to work, but more about following the law.
"In the world we’re competing in now, solving problems isn’t about spending money. It’s about understanding and managing ideas and talent – and states of mind"
One of our HR Experts, Anne Howard, answered the following question from one of our Employer members
As counterintuitive as it may seem, giving feedback to a top performer can be even tougher. Top performers may not have obvious development needs and in identifying those needs, you can sometimes feel like you're being nitpicky o