Oakbridges - Labour Relations Strategists

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NHL Lockout

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 02:15 -- Hugh.Secord

It is interesting in Canada that the NHL collective bargaining is much dearer to people’s hearts than some of the other prominent labour relations issues going on around us. Read more about NHL Lockout

What is Shared Value?

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 13:23 -- Sue.Mackintosh

Handshake between the labor relations and unionShared Value is the concept written about by Michael E. Porter and Mark R. Kramer (Harvard) in their seminal article called: Creating Shared Value: How to Reinvent Capitalism and Unleash a Wave of Innovation and Growth. In their article they define the concept as: Read more about What is Shared Value?

Up to Our Waist in Waste

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 10:45 -- Bill.Thorp

The Management of People and Performance

Up To Our Waist In Waste

If you enjoy a great mystery, how about a great management mystery?

For many organizations, the cornerstone of people management is the Annual Performance Evaluation. Chances are, if you have been employed in any sizable organization you would be familiar with this process, either as an employee who has had their performance evaluated or, as a manager of people with the responsibility for conducting performance evaluations. Read more about Up to Our Waist in Waste


Sat, 07/21/2012 - 09:27 -- Bill.Thorp

Ask the average person to define the word “absenteeism” and most people will respond with what is probably a simple and clear definition. Want to verify what I just said? Go try it out and ask a co-worker, friend, family member, etc., and it’s my bet that what you will hear is some variation of this.

“Frequent absences from work or school without good reason.” Read more about Absenteeism

First Article

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 22:34 -- Hugh.Secord

With the inauguration of our website we have published our first Article. It reviews some of the Dos and Don’ts of Workplace Investigations. This is a “hot topic” in labour relations as practitioners are faced with numerous issues related to harassment, discrimination, workplace violence and poisoned work environments. Seeking the help of an expert to assist in conducting an investigation has become essential as the potential risks of not getting it right have become significant.

Please have a read and let us know what you think by responding through this blog. Read more about First Article

Out of the Mist: Understanding Canadian Labour Relations Strategy

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 22:33 -- Hugh.Secord

Our first Oakbridges’ publication is now available. We have written this book as a way to initiate a dialogue regarding Labour Relations Strategy. We believe this is an important topic that has not been developed to its fullest. We hope our friends, clients and colleagues will take the opportunity to download the book (we will be releasing a chapter every month at no cost to you) and enter into the discussion through this blog.

Your comments, insights and critiques are all welcomed. Read more about Out of the Mist: Understanding Canadian Labour Relations Strategy

First Blog

Mon, 05/07/2012 - 11:04 -- Hugh.Secord

 Visit our sister site (soon). Oakbridges Consulting has been established to specifically assist organizations in natural clusters form strategic alliances and take advantage of synergies that may be created out of a shared services model. Read more about First Blog

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