About Todd Pannett

Todd joined Cenera in 2020 and is the Manager of HR Advisory Services. With over 20 years of progressively senior experience in HR, Todd has worked closely with Senior Executives to enable organizations to have HR at the leadership table as part of the solution, rather than reacting to situations. Todd is very effective at supporting organizations and individuals through transitions, providing them with the resources and expert guidance that they need.

The Vacation Liability Dilemma

By |2021-04-17T04:04:35-06:00June 3rd, 2020|HR Advisory|

Call it what you want, but for most people, living through the COVID-19 pandemic feels nothing like a vacation! Many people are working from home, facing unemployment, or navigating the world of government benefits. Many are balancing work and family obligations, while others are still dealing with sudden restrictions that have curtailed their social, leisure, [...]

Building Workplace Trust No Matter Where You’re Working

By |2021-04-17T04:04:36-06:00May 6th, 2020|HR Advisory|

Originally published at www.cphrab.ca/building-workplace-trust-no-matter-where-youre-working.  “The ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust is the key professional and personal competency of our time.” - Stephen Covey Sheri Brake, the Director and Practice Lead of the Human Resources Consulting Practice at Cenera, a Calgary based firm, has spent the past two years studying the importance of [...]

How To Support Working Parents Through COVID-19

By |2021-04-17T04:04:36-06:00April 1st, 2020|HR Advisory, HR Consulting|

The gravity of COVID-19 has settled in and working from home has become the norm. Still, working parents are feeling the pressure, and many are struggling to balance the demands of their home and professional life. Working from home with kids is hard, especially when schools, daycares, recreational facilities, and even outdoor parks are closed. [...]

What Can HR Learn from Tech’s Agile Methodology?

By |2021-04-17T04:04:37-06:00February 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 |2021-04-17T04:04:37-06:00January 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 |2021-04-17T04:04:38-06:00December 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 |2021-04-17T04:04:40-06:00November 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 |2021-04-17T04:04:40-06:00October 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 |2021-04-17T04:04:41-06:00September 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, [...]

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

By |2021-04-17T04:04:42-06:00July 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 [...]

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