Canadian Companies Care About Their People

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia – Royer Thompson Management & Human Resources Consulting today released the 2018 Termination & Severance Practices in Canada Study, the only survey of its kind that reflects data strictly from Canada. This year’s survey reflects that Canadian companies continue to make difficult decisions to optimize company performance however, these companies care about their people which is reflected in their severance and transition strategies.

Download the 2018 Termination & Severance Practices in Canada Study.

“When workforce changes become necessary, such as restructuring and downsizing, employers continue to help affected employees deal with job loss by providing transition services as part of the severance package,” says Kim West, president of Royer Thompson. “Overall, respondents say the economy in 2018 is strong – most companies surveyed anticipate the same or slightly fewer transitions over the next 12 months than in the previous years.”

Employers are concerned for the future of their employees even after departure from the organization. 74% of respondents say they provide outplacement services to transition employees because they believe it is the right thing to do. 56% of respondents want to help employees receive the skills and training needed to succeed in their next job and almost 50% provide career transition support to mitigate risk of being sued by a terminated employee. Nearly half of the employers respond that they provide support because they believe it will send a positive message to remaining employees.

Report highlights:

• In 2018, individual performance (64%) is the main factor for terminations, followed by organizational structural change (59%).

• Looking ahead, survey respondents expect the main cause of employee terminations over the next 12 months to be organizational structure change at 57%, individual performance at 52 % and business strategy change at 29% as the third cause. In 2016, only 41% of respondents picked individual performance as a primary factor in employee terminations going forward.

79% of respondents in 2018 identified job level as the major criteria for length of transition program, which has been steadily rising over the past four years. 47% of respondents cite expected difficulty of job search as a criterion – 47% in 2018 vs. 41% in 2014.

• Career transition services are included in the majority of termination packages, with approximately 80% of participating organizations including these services at the executive and manager level, and the majority of participants providing these services at the professional level.

• In 2018, employers are typically offering executives four to six-month career transition programs, down from six to 12-month programs in 2016. For professional and management positions, the most common career transition program provided to terminated employees is three months.

• Ninety-two percent of those surveyed required employees to sign a formal release to receive their full severance.

• There is some variety in severance payment structures, however, a key trend is prevalence to lump-sum severance today, rather than salary continuance.

Royer Thompson is the Atlantic partner of VF Career Management, a network of individually owned and operated Canadian companies who specialize in career transition services. Partners across Canada collaborate on the survey as part of their continuing commitment to understand the context in which we provide career transition services, conducting the Canadian survey in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Data for the 2018 Report was collected this spring from 176 respondents across Canada. Similar surveys were conducted in 2014 and 2016.

Contact: Harriet Wiegert
Tel. 902-422-2099
Email: hweigert@royerthompson.com

Royer Thompson is a Canadian talent management firm focused on capturing the full potential of people in organizations by supporting a shared sense of purpose, recruiting and cultivating leadership, and fostering an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.

Royer Thompson adds additional depth to its Talent Management Advisory Team

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia – Sonya Stevens, Ph.D., ACC, is joining Royer Thompson Management and Human Resources as Senior Director, Talent & Leadership Development, effective September 17th.  Sonya recently returned to Halifax after six years in Toronto, where she held a leadership role in learning and development with TD Bank and consulted at a global consulting firm on talent and leadership development for Fortune 500 clients.

Sonya is a strategic thinker, who approaches today’s most pressing business challenges with curiosity, optimism, and practicality. Her expertise and approachability make her a trusted advisor to clients and colleagues. In assuming her new role at Royer Thompson, Kim West, President of Royer Thompson says Sonya brings a wealth of experience from working with diverse organizations, including companies, across various industries including healthcare, financial services, professional services, utilities, construction, retail, and government. She has a strong focus on developing evidence-based and practical solutions that drive tangible organizational impact.

“Increasingly our clients are looking for advice and support to leverage the full potential of their teams,” says Kim West. “Whether fostering a learning culture, building leadership competency models, assessing and developing talent, coaching executives or developing career paths and team capacity, Sonya’s integrated, holistic approach has proven to be a game-changer for organizations.”

“I am thrilled to be joining a firm that is truly passionate about unlocking the potential in people. I am convinced that the culture organizations foster through the quality of their people practices is integral to long-term business success, says Stevens. “I look forward to meeting our clients, understanding their business challenges, and helping them to find solutions that help them get the most out of their people.”

Sonya holds a Masters and Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Saint Mary’s University and a BSc in Psychology from Dalhousie University. She is a Registered Psychologist (Ontario) and International Coaching Federation certified coach (ACC). She has completed advanced training in Return on Investment (ROI) methodology and is certified in many leadership and personality assessment tools. She is also a published academic author and an active member of various professional associations.

Contact:
Harriet Wiegert
Tel. 902-422-2099
Email: hweigert@royerthompson.com

About Royer Thompson
Royer Thompson is a Canadian talent management firm focused on capturing the full potential of people in organizations by supporting a shared sense of purpose, recruiting and cultivating leadership, and fostering an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.

From Sweat Pants to Dress Pants: Practical Tips from a Recent Grad

Ellen Snook, Human Resources Coordinator

“Ah, the relief of finishing exams and earning a university degree”, that seems to be the first sentence I hear when I talk to the graduates of 2018. The second sentence is usually about the stresses of finding a job, or if they have found a job, the fact that they are both excited and apprehensive about entering the workforce (which is completely normal by the way!).

Finding that first real job and gaining work experience can be daunting, especially if you have not had any office experience in the past. The transition from full time student to full time employee is an important change in life. Only you can determine how well you will be prepared for it, so let me help out a little with some of my personal experience. As we enter a new life chapter from sweat pants to dress pants, I felt that sharing my tips and tricks for new grads would be useful and could help facilitate the conversation that many of us students are thinking about! I’m a recent business grad starting my career, and in our practice at Royer Thompson, we advise clients to be purposeful, resolute, and well organized in the job search.

Here are my top ten tips for new grads:

  1. Learn everything you can about companies of interest. Look at websites, annual reports and attempt to reach out to employees within the organization to show your interest and receive any other information about the company.
  2. Aptitude and personality assessments can be useful to explore jobs that may not be obvious, although you have the degree, there may still be career options you may not have considered.
  3. Find out if the company hires recent graduates or has an internship program; many organizations are interested in developing talent and engaging with new graduates just like us!
  4. Prepare for the interview. Anticipate their questions and come prepared with yours. Many career websites and blogs are offering interview templates that you can use for practice. I had no idea what a behavioural interview was before my first interview (you aren’t alone!). Genuine curiosity is a highly rated quality by employers.
  5. Your CV and LinkedIn profile evolve as you gain experience, so keep them current and accurate! Be sure to turn off your notifications on LinkedIn when you are updating your profile. Turn them on for the big things like a new job! (Sending an email to your followers that you just added 62 new skills to your profile isn’t something you want.)
  6. Ask for information interviews and follow-up immediately with a note or email summarizing the topics discussed and affirm your interest; recruiters notice things like this.
  7. “If you qualify, APPLY!” Apply for numerous jobs. Get your resume out there. Indeed.com is your friend, create a profile and have them push out emails to you so you can see what jobs are posted daily. But remember that 80 % of jobs are not posted, networking through LinkedIn and at events is just as important.
  8. The best way to land your first job is through someone who knows you and is hiring, or by having a connection who will vouch for your academic, volunteer or extra-curricular experience and character. Reach out to that old family friend to ask if you can take them for a coffee to catch them up on what you have been up to the past four years. You have the degree, no one can take it away from you, so put yourself out there and talk about how you can contribute to an organization!
  9. Practice makes perfect. Every encounter and interview is an opportunity for self-discovery and to practice your pitch.
  10. You’ve got this, remember to keep positive. You’ve already accomplished a lot and you are keen to learn and contribute. There will be disappointments along the way so keep yourself whole, active and healthy in mind and body.

 

Feel free to reach out to me through LinkedIn to continue the discussion surrounding the student to employee transition or check out our services on our website www.royerthompson.com.

 

 

The Rise of Career Transition Services

Given the accelerated change of pace occurring within companies today, employee exits are more common than ever. Whether due to downsizing, restructuring or retooling of skill sets, the impact of departures is difficult for those who leave and those who remain within the company to carry on.

Thoughtful planning, empathy and a desire to treat those leaving the organization with respect goes a long way to soften the impact on everyone. Having an independent specialist on site to facilitate the process helps employees begin their transition more readily and, sooner than later, focus on re-employment and their next chapter. Based on our twenty years of supporting people at this emotional and uncertain time, a big worry is speaking to family and friends about their circumstances. They worry about losing contact with former colleagues who are friends and part of their social network.

Practical concerns such as finances, re-employment prospects, interviews, references, and retaining can be over whelming especially for anyone who has dedicated a majority of their working life to one company. A well structured, customized and holistic plan can make a huge difference in helping people take advantage of the “time out” to retool, refresh and redeploy. The relatively modest investment companies make to ensure the outplacement goes smoothly is paid forward again and again. Resiliency within the team, employee engagement, and reputation as a good employer, are benefits of handling difficult circumstances in a way that keeps people whole.

At best, handled properly, those exiting will reflect well on their company, their contribution to its success and its future prospects. After all, they are alumni and their influence cannot be under-estimated in how future employees, customers, and investors view your company.

Let’s get outplacement right.

Together let’s share best practices of Career Transition by completing the following survey. I will be posting the results once tabulated, stay tuned!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018VFCareerManagementSurvey

Elizabeth Dauphinee, Managing Partner / Practice Lead Career Transition

Elizabeth provides a full range of recruitment and career development services for clients in Atlantic Canada. She leads our practice in the provision of career transition services and programs. Drawing from her knowledge of assessment processes, competency development and job search techniques, she enables individuals to identify and target successful re-entry into employment situations that “fit” with their personal goals. She also supports the firm’s recruitment projects by conducting in-depth industry research, preliminary applicant screenings, and comprehensive reference checks.

Amy Reid joins Royer Thompson to expand the firm’s recruitment practice

Halifax, Nova Scotia (Tuesday, January 16, 2018) – Amy Reid, BComm, RPR, is joining Royer Thompson Management & Human Resources Consulting as Partner and Vice President Recruitment with responsibility for expanding the firm’s recruitment practice.

“I’m thrilled to join a seasoned team who is committed to providing clients with the highest standard in recruitment practice and depth in talent acquisition,” says Ms. Reid. “This is an exciting time to join the firm and a great opportunity for me to do meaningful work, be part of a great leadership team and build the human capital of companies in the region.”

“Amy is a great fit with Royer Thompson and we’re fortunate she is committing to work with us and our clients,” says Kim West, President. “Recruitments are high stakes for organizations so we want to ensure we are thorough in identifying and cultivating the best talent and setting candidates and organizations up for long-term success.”

Ms. Reid brings over 16 years of recruitment and talent acquisition industry expertise to her new role along with a reputation for working with integrity, honesty and a deep commitment to long lasting client partnerships and candidate relationships. She is a natural relationship builder and strategic thinker who adds depth and insight to search teams and organizations.

Prior to joining Royer Thompson, Amy spent 13 years with a national recruitment organization as Leader of their Atlantic Region, focusing on executive search, professional search and temporary recruitment. She was responsible for building, motivating and developing internal teams as well as directly serving clients and candidates in support of their organizational and career aspirations. Previous to that role, Amy spent two years with a local Nova Scotia based recruitment firm as a consultant focused on professional search. Amy also worked with a national staffing firm in a business development capacity.

As a graduate of Saint Mary’s Sobeys School of Business, Ms. Reid holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Majoring in Human Resource Management as well as a Certificate in Human Resource Management. She also holds a Registered Professional Recruiter designation from the Institute of Professional Management.

About Royer Thompson

Royer Thompson is a well-established management and human resource consulting firm specializing in enhancing human capital assets in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Royer Thompson has a national network ensuring clients have access to services national and globally. As the Atlantic Canada partner of VF Career Management offering talent management solutions to organizations across Canada with offices in ten major Canadian centers. To learn more visit http://royerthompson.com.

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Contact: Carole Macdonald

e. cmacdonald@royerthompson.com

t. 902-422-2099

 

Kim West acquires Royer Thompson

Halifax, Nova Scotia, November 15, 2017 – Kim West (https://www.linkedin.com/in/kim-west-4273b8152/) has acquired the 20-year old management advisory firm Royer Thompson from Mildred Royer (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mildred-royer-bbb88823/) who owned the Firm and served as president for 10 years. It will be business as usual for the Firm’s clients with all current staff and associates remaining with Royer Thompson, including Mildred Royer who will serve as Senior Counsel and trusted advisor to clients.
Royer Thompson specializes in executive and management recruitment, strategic leadership development, governance related services and CEO evaluations, organizational design, strategic planning, succession planning and career consulting.
“Coming together expands our insight and expertise to provide integrated solutions to attract, retain and develop people, the most important asset in influencing a private company or public organization’s success,” said Kim West. “We want to help organizations capture the full value of their people, by creating a shared sense of purpose, recruiting and cultivating leadership, and fostering an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.”
“There has been a fundamental shift in the strategic importance of talent management to create value for owners, employees, and stakeholders whether through M&A, re-organizations, succession or the adoption of disruptive technology and practices,” says Mildred Royer. “From our founding in 1997 to today, we have provided strategic advisory services in times of transformational change.”
Kim West returns to Halifax at the end of 2017 after three years in Toronto, assuming the role of president of Royer Thompson. For the past two years, she has served as partner and chief client officer with NATIONAL Public Relations in Toronto, and participated in the firm’s transformation in Canada’s largest city, with responsibility for the growth and profitability of the corporate, public affairs, marketing, investor relations and health practices.
Royer Thompson is relocating to Purdy’s Landing, Suite 305 on January 1, 2018 from its current location at 6155 North Street, Suite 303.

About Royer Thompson

Royer Thompson is a well-established management and human resource consulting firm specializing in the provision of consulting services to both the private and public sectors. Royer Thompson has a national network ensuring clients have access to services national and globally. As the Atlantic Canada partner of VF Career Management offering talent management solutions to organizations across Canada with offices in ten major Canadian centers. To learn more visit http://royerthompson.com <http://royerthompson.com/>.

Contact:
Carole Macdonald
902-422-2099
cmacdonald@royerthompson.com