Welcome to the new HR Reporter

New year brings redesign for our publication
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/02/2018

It’s a new year, and a new era for Canadian HR Reporter. Astute readers will have noticed the cover of this issue has been redesigned — which is just one small part of a new strategy to bring you the news, information and insight you’ve trusted since 1987.

Dave Escuadro, the art director behind all the great layouts you see on these pages, created a clean, modern look for the cover.

“I wanted to draw attention by creating a main cover story with a more prominent, dynamic photograph, and using a font treatment that separates the main feature from other stories, creating a hierarchy to the cover,” he said.

The changes are more than cosmetic. If you look at page 2, you’ll see highlights from our online content — including the results of an increased focus we’re putting on videos in 2018.

“When producing videos, I strive to tell an informative story through visuals and the wise words of experts in the HR profession,” said Alexia Kapralos, Canadian HR Reporter’s videographer.

“I ask questions in my interview that I know I’d find — and HR professionals would find — intriguing answers to. When telling a story through the lens of my camera… I want to engage viewers with the knowledge of the interviewees and the visual element in a way that can’t be provided with just a written story.”

This month, Kapralos takes an in-depth look at recruiting the different generations in the workplaces. She spoke with Giselle Kovary, president of n-gen People Performance, and Carolyn Lawrence, leader of gender, diversity and inclusion at Deloitte. Every month, Kapralos will be diving into a new topic. You can view this video, and hundreds more, by visiting www.hrreporter.com.

On page 13 of this issue, you’ll see a new section called “In Focus.” In each issue, we will take a deeper dive into some of the most important issues facing the HR profession with this expanded section — usually consisting of three articles.

One of the biggest changes is something you can’t see in the pages of this issue. Last year, I used this space to announce a change to our publishing schedule — the print and digital edition of Canadian HR Reporter will now be delivered to you once a month. But that doesn’t mean our editors aren’t staying on top of the news.

The copy you’re holding now is timely, but to ensure you don’t miss any news in between issues, we have launched an exciting new service called Canadian HR Reporter Weekly.

This is a digital edition only available to paid subscribers — but we need your email address to deliver this exclusive digital edition to you. Published every Wednesday, it will feature two stories from our editors that you can’t find anywhere else. Go to www.hrreporter.com/onlineaccess and enter the first name, last name and postal code on your mailing address to update your information and ensure you receive this new email.

Also, fun fact — a lot more of your peers across the country will be reading Canadian HR Reporter in 2018. We have struck partnerships with the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), and the British Columbia/Yukon and Alberta chapters of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR). All of their members will be receiving four issues of this print publication in 2018. That’s nearly 35,000 professionals on top of our regular national audience — that means any given issue of Canadian HR Reporter will be read by up to 70,000 professionals.

We know from Statistics Canada that there are roughly 100,000 HR professionals in the country, so 70 per cent of them will have access to this publication — that’s unbelievable reach.

We hope you like the changes. As always, we love hearing feedback — email me at todd.humber@tr.com or call  me at (416) 298-5196. Happy New Year!

And one resolution…

Last year, I wrote a column on sexual harassment and Harvey Weinstein. In it, I made the point that we’ve turned the corner and there seemed to — finally — be a real appetite for change. I was hopeful, albeit skeptical, about how much real change we’d see.

Well, the #MeToo movement caught fire (it was even named Time’s Person of the Year) and there has been a verifiable flood of accusations. We applaud that courage.

But, in the spirit of the New Year and making resolutions, we all need to resolve to not be complacent. The flood of shocking headlines has numbed some people. But never shrug and think it’s normal.

We need to ensure this momentum isn’t lost and all accusations are taken seriously. We also need to remember there is a scale here — not all harassment is created equally. There’s a big difference between being a little too flirty and physical assault. Not every accusation is going to justify dismissal.

HR’s job is to ensure victims feel comfortable and safe in speaking up, that investigations are fair and thorough, and that the punishment fits the crime.

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