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Welcome to our blog!
Here you’ll be able to find different opinions and insights on the tech industry and valuable posts, sharing diverse points of view.

All the posts on our blog come from our HR Tech Group team, members and guests.

We hope you will find new and inspiring ideas on our blog!

Here you’ll find all kinds of tech perspectives and insights on Organizational Culture, Candidate Pipelines, Diversity & Inclusion, Employee Engagement, Tech Industry Salaries, Employee Health & Wellness, and more!

Each post aims to provide you with valuable information for your organization to grow, improve or just to stay up to date.

Interview with VanHack: Why Hire Internationally

 Our CEO, Stephanie Hollingshead, recently sat down with Ilya Brotzky, CEO of VanHack, global platform for tech talent, to chat about international hiring in what is a competitive job market for technology roles.

In their interview, Ilya provided compelling reasons to look further afield for tech talent. 

Read the blog post here.


Case Study: Adopting a People-Centric Approach to Wellness during the Pandemic

In late 2020, Klick Health knew they needed to continue adapting their employee wellness program for COVID. 

 Their people were feeling the effects of isolation from lockdown and virtual work, and Klick’s leadership team was concerned some might fall into a ‘pandemic slump’ from an eating and exercise perspective.

Read the blog post  here

Diversity in the Workplace through Mentorship

 DEI initiatives are more important than ever and mentorship programs are proven to make a difference.

Diversity focused mentorship programs support and empower minority employees in their careers, develop their skills and network to increase leadership succession, while fostering a strong company culture. 

Read the blog post here.

Rooting your DEI Strategy in Data and Analytics

Rooting a diversity, equity and inclusion strategy in data and analytics makes sense. We do this when we develop other business strategies. But it’s scary and generally met with lots of resistance. 

Read the blog post  here


Preparing for a Safe Return to the Office in 2021 

As vaccinations roll out in phases in Canada, it's important to start planning for a safe and gradual return to the office. 

What are some key recommendations to consider as you start planning your safe, gradual return to the office?

Read the blog post here.

Proven tips for landing top AI talent

Artificial intelligence is a new and emerging field and there are some unique characteristics to look for when hiring for AI roles. Here’s a list of things to keep in mind along with specific examples to help you find and secure top talent.

Keep reading here

Introverts and Extroverts - Who Wins at Home? 

Staying home under lockdown has given introverts the edge over extroverts – right? They have, after all, prepared for this scenario all their lives.

This post brings to life the conflicting virtual workplace needs of introverts and extroverts and provides tips to help manage the digital overwhelm.

Read the blog post here.

Current State of Diversification in BC's Tech Sector

A diverse and inclusive workplace culture drives innovation and new ideas and helps to attract, retain and develop talent.

So how diverse is BC’s tech sector?  ....   Keep reading here

Are you managing your group benefits costs? 

Annual group benefits costs in the tech industry have increased 15-20% over the past 2 years. 

Salary increases get much attention and scrutiny each year, but what about your group benefits costs? Do you scrutinize those each year? Or throw up your hands in frustration? 

Read more here.

The Evolution of Employee Benefits

Digital transformation has been a well-trodden expression for a few years now. For many of us, it’s been vague and intangible and not especially pressing. Until COVID-19 hit. 

Is your employee benefits program evolving?

Read the blog post here

B.C. tech salaries rise while other industries face freezes      and cuts

This is not a sector in slow down. We recently released our 2020 Tech Salary Survey,  which has data from over 22,000 incumbents at 150 BC and Alberta tech companies and  provides some pretty eye-opening information on the state of the sector. 

Read more here.

The Mystery of the Absent Associates - Applying Design Thinking to UX work

When a UX designer and HR lead got to know each other through discussions surrounding various scenarios at work, it became clear the two fields had similarities in finding creative solutions, using research and experimentation.  

Keep reading here

Survive, Revive, Rise and Thrive

What are you learning about your leadership as you journey through this pandemic? The tension of pervasive uncertainty and the desire to move forward drove the Smart Savvy team to define a Four Seasons of COVID Framework to guide how they lead, where they’re headed, and how they make progress.    Read more here.

10 Tips for Remote Recruiting and On-Boarding

Remote recruiting and on-boarding is hard! Want some tips and perspectives from  an award-winning start-up, a high growth SME and a tech unicorn? Here are 10 tips and ideas from top tech companies. 

Keep reading here

Courage in COVID - Seven  Relevant Dare to LeadLessons for Today

We are being asked to lead in unprecedented times. This global crisis is a ‘first’ for all of us, and leaders and employees have been cast into a sea of unknowns and uncertainty. The adrenaline surge has passed, and we are now starting to recognize the severity and longevity of this crisis. 

Read more here

Will our Tech Industry Return to the Office?

Restrictions are being lifted and retail businesses are slowly opening up, but will our tech industry return to the office? The short answer is yes, a little bit at a time. It will be slow and staged. Cautious and collaborative. Not all will return. So what does that look like?  Keep reading here

Remote On-Boarding in 2020

Wondering just how much on-boarding is needed for a remote hire? Isn’t it enough to simply send an all-hands email announcing the new hire? Possibly with a picture and a brief bio? Well, it’s not that simple…let us explain why and share some tips on how.

Read more here

05 How to Survive Stressful Times

How to Survive Stressful Times

We talk a lot about well-being, mental health, stress and anxiety these days, and with good reason. There is rather a lot to be stressed and anxious about during a global pandemic! So how best to survive during this stressful time?.

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The Pay Gap Problem in Tech

Wondering if we have a Pay Gap Problem in our tech sector? The pay gap is tangible and sizable, both overall and within roles. It is also something that is easily measured within each company, but few companies actually pause to measure it. Want to take action?   Read more here

Diversity and Inclusion – Where do I even start?

Overwhelmed by the task of making your workplace more diverse and inclusive? Not sure what you can do about it and where to begin? Keep reading to get some practical tips which will have you on your way in no time.

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