The Oakbridges - Labour Relations Strategists practice has been established to bring like minded labour relations practitioners together to provide a unique value proposition. We advocate and help our clients develop strategies that create Shared Value and sustainable results.
We believe that the success of any business depends on building direct positive relations with key stakeholders. Our focus starts with helping our client build long term strategies to build employee involvement and commitment. They are employees first.
Where the business operates union-free we help by building integrated approaches to maintain a direct relationship with employees. Where there are unions we help develop collaborative approaches to create shared goals and promote mutual interests.
We believe that the only sustainable competitive advantage any organization can create is through its' employees. Business success made possible through a long term vision and a people strategy creates job security and allows all stakeholders to profit from the enterprise.
We also believe that the vision of a successful Canadian economy in the future is predicated on having a solid foundation of values including the promotion of sustainability, inclusion, participation and mutual interests. While many consultancy talk about values such as trust, transparency and honesty we believe that these are givens. We seek more.
Our practice is founded on the principles of creating shared value.
Companies can take the lead in bringing business and society back together. The recognition is there among sophisticated business and thought leaders that this is necessary to legitimize business again after several decades of excesses and short term thinking. Promising elements of a new model are emerging. This said we still lack an overall framework for guiding these efforts, and most companies remain stuck in a “social responsibility” mind-set in which societal issues are at the periphery, not the core.
The solution lies in the principle of shared value, which involves creating economic value in a way that also creates value for communities and society at large by addressing its needs and challenges. Businesses must reconnect company success with social progress. Shared value is not social responsibility, philanthropy, or even sustainability, but a new way to achieve economic success. It is not on the margin of what companies do but at the center. We believe that it can give rise to the next major transformation of business thinking.
At Oakbridges we apply these principles to the development of labour relations strategies to engage employees, their representatives, third parties, government agencies and members of the community into a holistic approach to managing organizational culture. We are management side professionals that believe there is a need to transform the adversarial approach by seeking not only mutual interests but also the interests of all stakeholders in balance.