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Sheri Brake

About Sheri Brake

With a practical approach to human resources management, leadership development, and policy development, Sheri Brake works with clients to create custom solutions for their organizations. Sheri is the Director and Practice Lead of Business and Human Resources Consulting Practice at Cenera. She delivers legislative expertise, policy development, strategic and HR advising, organizational assessment and restoration, mediation and facilitation, and leader development. Sheri takes pride in a team that works to put the client first, acting ethically and responsibly without exception. Her humour and enthusiasm come through in her engaging, customized programs and training. Clients appreciate Sheri’s professional and candid responses to tough questions on both day-to-day concerns and unforeseen human resource issues. Her HR leadership and project management experience spans over 20 years and includes both private and public sector organizations in oil and gas, professional services, technology, and education. Sheri completed a B.Comm at Dalhousie University and a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations at Queen’s University. She also has certificates in Project Management, Professional Coaching, Workplace Investigation, Workplace Restoration and Mediation, and ITIL. She is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CPHR) in good standing.

What Can HR Learn from Tech’s Agile Methodology?

By | February 26th, 2020|HR Advisory, HR Consulting|

A common frustration for an HR professional is to hear that HR is stagnant, never changes or is stuck in the past. Has HR outlived its usefulness? My years in the world of software development companies, and recent interaction with several agile advocating friends, have made me wonder…are there concepts that HR can borrow from [...]

A Review of Performance Reviews

By | January 29th, 2020|HR Advisory, HR Consulting|

If you're tired of grading employees for past performance instead of improving it in real-time, it may be time to rethink your approach to performance reviews. The Problem With Performance Reviews According to Gallup, only 14% of employees strongly agree their performance reviews inspire them to improve. Conventional employee performance reviews are: Typically held annually [...]

HR Trends Everyone Will Be Talking About in 2020

By | December 11th, 2019|HR Advisory, HR Consulting|

As the year comes to a close, HR professionals are buzzing over emerging innovations and predictions for the year ahead. In this article, we explore the HR trends that you can expect to see a lot more of as the world of work continues to evolve. Trend 1: HR Technology on the Rise Millennials are [...]

Managing Organizational Bias – An Action Plan

By | November 6th, 2019|HR Advisory, HR Consulting|

Bias evolves from the human tendency to subconsciously categorize and extrapolate based on previous experience. Cognitive biases impact our judgement and can make irrational judgements and decisions seem rational. Bias is often attributed to social stereotypes, leading to unintentional discrimination, unequal opportunity and ineffective policies and practices. However, bias can also significantly impact our rational decision-making [...]

5 Simple Ways To Improve Onboarding For Increased Retention

By | October 3rd, 2019|HR Advisory, HR Consulting|

A robust HR strategy that includes a well-designed onboarding program is imperative for employee success and retention. An onboarding plan helps both parties become acquainted, and ensures your new hires understand the culture, processes, policies, and work expected of them. Onboarding also offers the opportunity to make a great first impression and to set your [...]

Tips for Managing Workplace Stress And Burnout

By | September 4th, 2019|HR Advisory, HR Consulting|

Managing the workload and stress level of your team and avoiding burnout is crucial for the success of your organization. Empowered teams are typically collaborative, hardworking, and results-driven, which ultimately improves employee retention.   Employees may be experiencing elevated levels of stress due to high expectations of themselves, negative feedback or lack of feedback, feeling underappreciated, [...]

5 Tough Questions… Are you Ready?

By | August 9th, 2018|Career Transition|

At its worst, an interview becomes a series of stilted questions and answers.  At its best, it is a conversation between people invested in the discussion and keenly interested in learning more about one another. We don’t advocate memorizing answers to interview questions.   You should, however, spend time determining what information you want to share [...]

Maybe you Shouldn’t do an Employee Survey… 3 Questions to Ask Before Getting Started

By | July 17th, 2018|HR Advisory, HR Consulting|

Sometimes, when a client engages us to work with them on an employee engagement/satisfaction survey we talk ourselves out of the work. Or, more specifically we question ourselves out of the work. We’re ok with that. Here’s why… Too often we hear stories of organizations that conduct elaborate “satisfaction” surveys or obligatory annual surveys and [...]

The Intersection – where Human Resources meets Health and Safety

By | May 22nd, 2018|HR Consulting|

Legislative changes in 2018 will highlight the importance of these two departments being in lock-step. The legalization of marijuana and the implementation of OHS Bill 30 in Alberta will highlight the need for Human Resources (HR) and Health and Safety (H&S) to be aligned and working closely together. The proposed legalization of marijuana introduces issues [...]

Job Loss and Mental Health

By | May 7th, 2018|Career Transition|

Working in the field of career transition reveals that each person’s situation and reaction to job loss is uniquely their own.  Some individuals come to us fired up and ready to work on their resume, LinkedIn profile and networking strategy. However, sometimes we meet individuals who are tired, scared, and having trouble envisioning a positive [...]