Lessons from the North Pole (Editor’s notes)

HR professionals have much to learn from Santa's success
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/14/2008

Dear Santa: I hope this letter finds you well. I’m writing to you on behalf of an entire profession this year. HR professionals, to be specific. The last year has actually turned out to be a pretty tough one economically.

Sure, there were a few victories along the way. Some fascinating employment law decisions that seemed to tilt the playing field in favour of employers and some evidence the talent crunch has temporarily eased in many parts of the country (a fortunate side effect of an unfortunately weak economy) — but I won’t get into that here. Keep an eye out for the Jan. 12 issue, because we’ll have a great wrap-up of the year that was in 2008.

And I’m not asking for any presents this year — at least not the kind that are wrapped. This year what the HR profession needs is your sage advice. Your little operation up there at the North Pole has weathered countless storms over the past few centuries. We want to know how you did it.