Canadian HR Reporter

February 2020 CAN

Canadian HR Reporter is the national journal of human resource management. It features the latest workplace news, HR best practices, employment law commentary and tools and tips for employers to get the most out of their workforce.

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The response to the misbehaviour really depends on the context. For larger organizations, it can be about protecting shareholder value, says Williams. "This is why you see a lot of this 'no tolerance' and harshness is because they do not want any negative impacts." A smaller employer could take other measures if that person's been a valuable asset to the organization and the value of the organization will not be affected, he says. "But I can understand from these large- scale [companies like] McDonald's, BlackRock why they took the swift action they did, and I believe it comes down to protecting shareholder value." The response from HR and the board really depends on the company and the situation, says Wright. If it involves "unencumbered" adults who are not in the C-suite and have ventured into a relationship that they want to pursue over time, and it's a big enough company, they can be separated so they're not impacting each other's decisions. "You want to make sure it is clear that yes, there is a relationship and it in no way impacts their decisions or their interactions with others or how they assign tasks or projects," she says. "If it's a big company, I think it's entirely possible; it's much trickier in a smaller one." CHRR Enroll in graduate studies at the award-winning School of Human Resource Management — the largest university unit in Canada devoted to the study of HRM. Our globally recognized Executive Master program is taught by a world-class network of scholars and offers classes Friday through Sunday on a full-time or part-time basis.

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