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Ryerson University Departmental Safety Officer Program

In its continuing effort to embed safety into the culture and operation of every academic and non-academic unit on campus, Ryerson University’s Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) department implemented a university-wide system of Departmental Safety Officers (DSOs) and Departmental Safety Committees (DSCs). This innovative program is distinctive in three primary ways: 1) while a handful … Continue reading "Ryerson University Departmental Safety Officer Program"

June 10, 2019


Staff Job Design, Evaluation and Compensation

In collaboration with the University of Western Ontario Staff Association, supervisors and administrators across campus, Human Resource staff developed and implemented a sustainable, effective and efficient job evaluation system for staff roles supporting student experience, administration and the research enterprise. The work began a number of years ago when discussions with the union representatives identified concerns … Continue reading "Staff Job Design, Evaluation and Compensation"

June 10, 2019



Improving Understandability and Impact: Applying a Well-being Lens to Policies and Procedures

Overview As part of the internationally recognized Healthy Campus Community Initiative at Simon Fraser University, Policy and Processes is one of six identified action areas. Through a partnership between SFU’s Health Promotion team and Associate Registrar, the Well-being through SFU Policy project has engaged diverse campus stakeholders in recognizing and adapting policies, procedures and process … Continue reading "Improving Understandability and Impact: Applying a Well-being Lens to Policies and Procedures"

January 23, 2017


Say Thanks – Informal Employee Recognition Initiative

In October 2015, Ryerson University launched a new informal recognition initiative called Say Thanks as part of its larger employee recognition program. The initiative’s objectives are to: Strengthen a culture of appreciation Encourage Ryerson values Increase employee engagement An earlier employee engagement survey had identified perceptions by employees of value and recognition, particularly at the … Continue reading "Say Thanks – Informal Employee Recognition Initiative"

January 20, 2017


Carleton Leader: Cultivating a Leader-ful University

Carleton Leader is a bold and innovative approach to leadership development within higher education. It focuses and invests in growing our organizational leadership capacity in faculty and staff so the university is better prepared to face the emerging challenges of our times, collectively and collaboratively.   It is a customized initiative developed for Carleton, by … Continue reading "Carleton Leader: Cultivating a Leader-ful University"

June 13, 2016


40,000 users, one unique experience

With over a hundred employees and 460 student employees, Student Life Services (SLS) is one of the UQAM campus’ largest employers, serving over 40,000 students. Such a large service poses some obvious challenges. How can we share an organizational culture when teams are divided into five distinct services that rarely work together and are not … Continue reading "40,000 users, one unique experience"

April 16, 2015


Employee Recognition and Awards Streamlining, using Online Nomination Platform

In 2013, Ryerson University launched a centralized recognition and awards program that involved creating a framework for recognition, which includes three components: awards, celebration of service milestones, and leaders’ recognition toolkit for informal recognition. The program implementation is led by a dedicated resource, the Recognition Project Lead, who coordinates the annual awards and years of … Continue reading "Employee Recognition and Awards Streamlining, using Online Nomination Platform"

April 16, 2015


University Manager 2012 Spring

Recognizing and Rewarding Employees During Tough Times | Canadian Trends in Academic Staff Unionization

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April 17, 2012


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