The top workplace stories of 2014

The top workplace stories of 2014

Last year had a number of prominent, or rather infamous, incidents in the workplace that created ripples that will extend into 2015 and beyond.

The following is a list of some of the top workplace stories from 2014 as compiled by Canadian HR Reporter.

HRPA dominates headlines

The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) — Ontario’s HR association — was a big newsmaker in 2014. Its decision to pull out of the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) in May was the second-most viewed story on hrreporter.com for the year.

And the news out of HRPA’s offices didn’t end there — its decision to phase out the use of “CHRP Candidate” in February attracted attention. Little did we know that was the first step in a larger plan to completely overhaul professional certification for HR professionals. The Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation is being replaced with 3 new designations in Ontario, and the ramifications could extend far beyond provincial borders. You can see the framework here.

The bold move got mixed reviews both inside and outside the province. Anthony Ariganello, CEO of British Columbia’s Human Resources Management Association (HRMA), called it “confusing.”

But we can sleep soundly knowing that Canada isn’t the only country going through designation growing pains — in the United States, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) split from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). SHRM started offering its own designations, and HRCI kept the lights on without SHRM.

#Ghomeshigate and sexual harassment

The saga of Jian Ghomeshi, the former CBC radio host fired after allegations of sexual assault, racked up the page views.

We dove deep into the story, looking at the legal quagmire surrounding the case and questions around whether or not he could file a $55-million lawsuit because he was a unionized employee (a lawsuit he later dropped) and how to create a “culture of enforcement.”

There were too many stories about sexual harassment in the news this year, which led me to pen a column about the tipping point for men. I hope we get much better at this in 2015.

Violence close to home

HR professionals are hardly immune to workplace violence. Yet the stabbing rampage at a Ceridian office in Toronto on April 9 hit very close to home for many practitioners.

A 47-year-old man stabbed four employees during a termination meeting. It is one of HR’s worst nightmares, and Lauren Chesney — a Boston-based HR professional and former Canadian HR Reporter staffer — chimed in with her thoughts on how to prevent a similar instance.

It served as a reminder of the very tough work HR professionals do — and of the possibility that things can go very wrong, despite best intentions and planning.

  — For the full list, visit Canadian HR Reporter
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