Emerging Trends in HR

The workplace of our parents’ generation is hard to find in the 21st Century. As the workforce changes, the workplace must respond to the new and various requirements of its people. Value systems and beliefs about what makes up a “good” workplace dictate how things are done. These values and beliefs must be challenged and replaced if they are not producing the kind of workplace that encourages high performance and long-term employment opportunities. 

Innovative organizations are identifying ways to create the environment that is most conducive to building a high level of engagement. This two-day workshop will explore those best practices and critically assess whether they will work for us.

Emerging Trends in Human Resources is a required seminar for the Certificate in Managing Human Resources.


(ONLINE - 3 partial days)
November 16 - 18, 2020
May 12 - 14, 2021

Facilitator: Sylvie Thibault, MBA or Brenda Fair, BA, CHRP 
Location: Saint Mary’s University Halifax NS

Program Content

Topics to be explored:

The changing workforce

  • Engagement of Generation Y (and Z)
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Technology
  • Developing and managing flexible work situations
  • Virtual teams

Workplace health and wellness

  • Life/work balance
  • Respectful workplace
  • Mental health in the workplace
  • Accommodations and return to work

Human Resource Management Systems

  • Moving from spreadsheets to integrated systems
  • Talent selection
  • Attendance tracking
  • PM
  • LMS
  • Career path development
  • Training repository
  • Dynamic forms and self-serve

Organizational Change Management and the Role of HR

  • Change leadership
  • Communication requirements
  • Employee relations in change

Hot topics in HR - policy review and development

  • Marijuana in the workplace
  • Violence prevention
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Case studies
  • Conducting investigations

What You Will Learn

  • How to use the HR tools and systems used in today’s organizations
  • How to meet the HR needs of up to five generations of workers in a global workplace context
  • How to support change initiatives
  • How to stay ahead of legislation and avoid costly litigation

Who Should Attend?

You will benefit from this seminar if you are:

  • currently an HR practitioner and want to accelerate your career in this field
  • a non-HR manager with some HR responsibilities
  • an HR practitioner wanting to remain current with the latest practices and theories in the field
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