Canadian HR Reporter

March 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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www.hrreporter.com 29 O.C. Tanner, the global leader in engaging workplace cultures, helps thousands of top companies create peak moments that inspire people to achieve, appreciate and connect to purpose and each other. Around the world, clients use O.C. Tanner's Culture Cloud™ to retain, engage and attract talent, bond teams, drive innovation and communicate company values. With apps for recognition, service awards, well-being, leadership and celebrations, Culture Cloud gives you a single, modular suite of integrated tools for crafting a world-class workplace culture. Because when your apps work together, your people do, too. Culture is elusive, but it's powerful and worth getting right. That's why great companies create great experiences. Experiences fuel connections, and connections are what great culture, and great work, is all about. Learn how you can influence greatness and help people thrive at work at octanner.com. ABOUT THE SPONSOR CULTURE IS EVERYTHING Culture is top of mind at O.C. Tanner. The employee recognition firm keeps a close eye on shifting work cultures across all the industries it supports. HRD Canada and O.C. Tanner Canada brought together a roundtable of HR leaders from a range of industries to find out how they're building and understanding their company cultures. Mindi Cox, O.C. Tanner's people team leader, facilitated a wide- ranging conversation around culture and pushed these HR leaders to consider some of the deeper forces shaping the cultures they oversee. The roundtable discussion fell upon three key points of consensus around culture. Cox pushed the panel to outline what their cultures actually mean, bringing them to agreement that culture needs a touchstone. The panel agreed with Cox that the intangibilities of culture need to be made concrete. They all agreed, too, that workplace culture is changing fast, although the panel differed on exactly how to get ready for that change. For Cox, culture is personal. Her career started in sales and marketing before she found her true passion: finding practices that contribute to strengthening the workforce through culture. She guided the panelists towards deeper insights into what their culture-building efforts were and their effects on employee experience, attracting good people and driving business results. "Culture can be hard to pin down, but it touches everything we do as HR leaders," Cox told HRD Canada. "Cultivating workplace cultures where people feel connected to the greater purpose and impact of their work is some of the most important work we can do."

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