Is There Magic Potion to Deal with the Talent Crunch?

    TORONTO, Dec. 12 /CNW/ - As the new year approaches, many managers will
be thinking about their 2008 quest to find and retain strong talent. Many may
be wondering if there will be a strong Canadian talent pipeline. Are their
current employees thinking of finding a new job come 2008? Will it be a case
of plus ça change or is there a magic potion....?
    Ernst & Young, named one of Canada's 50 Best Workplaces for 2007, has
some handy tips for corporate Canada on what not to do if you're trying to
build strong teams, encourage work-life balance and retain your best people.

    -   Tip 1: Always send e-mails to your team at midnight to show that you
        are still working.
    -   Tip 2: Make sure you are the last to leave; after all, it's a
        competition for who can clock the most hours.
    -   Tip 3: Never take time for a break. You're far too important to the
        project to eat, think or refocus.
    -   Tip 4: Don't discuss team flexibility needs at the start of a project
        since that will just make everyone feel entitled to take time off.
    -   Tip 5: Never tell others on your team in advance that you need to
        leave early for a personal commitment. It's best to spring it on them
        at the last minute so they can't object.

    The importance of strong people policies should not be underestimated,
nor should it only be addressed once a year as part of a New Year's
resolution. It is key to retaining staff and finding new talent. The strongest
employees are those who feel supported and respected; for that to happen there
must be a strong business commitment at all levels - there is no magic potion.

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