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Topgrading – The Best Recruitment Decision You Will Make In 2015

Posted on February 4th, by Goldbeck Recruiting in Henry Goldbeck, HR Management, Person, Recruitment. Comments Off on Topgrading – The Best Recruitment Decision You Will Make In 2015

What is Topgrading?

Topgrading is merely a play on the word upgrading. Just as that would suggest, it simply means upgrading your staff to A-grade level employees across all pay scales. This can be achieved by talent acquisition and talent management with focus on hiring, promoting, and retaining high performing staff – the A … Read More »


The Most Effective Retention Strategy in The World is Meaningful Work

Posted on July 9th, by Henry Goldbeck in Henry Goldbeck, Leadership. Comments Off on The Most Effective Retention Strategy in The World is Meaningful Work

When I wrote about using hockey as a retention strategy, I wasn’t really writing about hockey, per se. I was writing about meaning.

It’s a strange thing, how we think about business and work being separate from life. Or how we think that executives and business leaders are one-dimensional and all about profit.

I’m the president of a … Read More »

How To Retain Your Employees When You’re Competing with Deep Pockets

Posted on June 18th, by Henry Goldbeck in Henry Goldbeck, In The Media, Recruitment. Comments Off on How To Retain Your Employees When You’re Competing with Deep Pockets

How do you compete with $80 an hour?

That’s what Neutron Factory Works president Rick Gibbs was wondering. His Richmond, BC firm competes with Fort MacMurray for skilled trades — and his employees can earn twice their salary by sacrificing their BC lifestyle for Alberta.

So how does he keep them?

Our president, Henry Goldbeck, offered some recruiting-and-retention … Read More »


Losing Workers to Alberta’s Oil Patch? Eight Obvious, Possibly-Wacky and Workable Retention Strategies.

Posted on June 6th, by Henry Goldbeck in Engineering, Henry Goldbeck, HR Management, Industry Resources. 1 Comment

When managers, engineers and skilled professionals can make double their salaries in Alberta’s oil patch or small towns in Saskatchewan —

for example, recent Payscale data reports that a Senior Estimator can make 55% more working in Saskatchewan

— we’re going to have to get really creative and outright invest in ways to keep them.

With that in mind, here are eight retention strategies for companies like yours who have to compete with industries that can pay your workers double what they’ll earn in urban centres.

Some of them might be obvious. Some of them might be crazy or inappropriate.

Some of them just might work.


If Dogs Were Sales People (Eight Possible Advantages)

Posted on May 5th, by Henry Goldbeck in Henry Goldbeck, HR Humor, Just For Fun, Sales & Marketing. Comments Off on If Dogs Were Sales People (Eight Possible Advantages)

Enthusiasm, energy, people-skills, charm. Yep, it takes a special breed to be a great salesperson…so maybe your next hire should be a dog.