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Is your job abandonment policy legal?

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Have you ever had an employee fail to show up to work for an extended period of time, with no word or warning, and marked them off as a case of job abandonment?

Many employers have a job abandonment policy which states something along the lines of “after three consecutive, unauthorized absences an employee shall be considered to have abandoned their job”. There is a common misconception that this legal and correct.

In all actuality, the employer has a high threshold that they must meet in order to prove that the employee abandoned their job. A resignation must be clear and unequivocal.

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My heart work: Jennefer Nepinak's story

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As someone whose identity and experience is directly linked to virtually every facet that encompasses the Truth & Reconciliation process—from being born into The Indian Act, becoming a ward of the Child Welfare System and Residential School System, to losing my beloved mother to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Girls and Two Spirit (MMIWG2S) at the tender age of seven—I am no stranger to the impacts resulting from the various pieces of legislation and policies that have been (and continue to be) imposed upon our people. I have seen it, I have lived it and I continue to live it.

These are some of my many truths; they encompass it all—the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. They have all formed a part of who I am and I continue to learn how to embrace it all in a way that assists me in engaging in this conversation.

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How to embrace a leadership style that works for your team

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How do your team members feel about you?

Research shows around 9% of Canadians from 2020 to 2022 said their bosses were "bad," and 16% described them as "meh."

Using the right leadership style when managing a team will increase your chances of being called a "good" boss instead.

There are different supervision styles that managers can use. Let's explore how to identify and embrace the leadership style that works best for your team.

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Curbing a culture of complainers

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No one likes a complainer. They are thought to be looking for the negative in any situation, clouding the mood of the company, and enticing an audience to share in their woes. It can feel like they are always trying to dial down the positivity of whatever room they’re in.

There are, however, different kinds of complaints – and different kinds of complainers. By examining the benefits of these bellyachers, a culture of complainers can be successfully transformed into a meaningful source of innovation for your workplace.

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How to get back to the basics with company culture

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In the world of business, company culture has become a buzzword that is often thrown around. A great company culture is often viewed as a competitive advantage, contributing to employee satisfaction, retention, and productivity. However, as companies have become more focused on developing their culture, it's easy to forget the basics that make a great workplace.

In this article, we will take a closer look at the importance of getting back to basics when it comes to company culture.

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