Ask Debby

Debby Carreau, MBA, CHRP, is the CEO of Inspired HR, Canada’s TOP HR Consultancy and has been recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women three times. She is also the author of the new career guide The Mentor Myth: How to Take Control of Your Own Success (Bibliomotion, 2016).

Known for her authentic and audacious professional style, Debby understands the reality of today’s workplace and what it takes to navigate this new world. If you want real answers based on her broad experience, count on Debby Carreau to give it to you straight. Her wisdom has been widely shared in the media including CNBC, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Fortune, INC Magazine, BBC and countless other publications.

Debby provides practical insights on how to rethink your approach to your own career and your organizations’ human capital. Most traditional advice is irrelevant to today’s business environment. Shifting demographics; disruptive technologies and economic uncertainty have changed the playing field and what’s required of employees to thrive.

Debby encourages readers to become their own talent agent.

Have a question about your career? Send it to Debby: info@inspiredhr.ca. Your name and address will be kept confidential.

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Question: I have been in HR for 10 years, work really hard and always get pretty good performance reviews and feel as though I am appreciated internally. As part of my career growth I would like to start to develop a professional profile outside of my organization, particularly online. How do I start?

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Question: I have been encouraged to get a mentor, will not having a mentor limit my career growth and what can I do about it?

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Question: What do you recommend for learning opportunities to enable knowledge and skills around employee benefit, WCB, managing leaves/accommodations and pensions?

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Question: I’m looking for some advice on how to approach my Director and discuss my need to schedule a recurring one on one meeting with them.  The usual response I receive is that “I’m too busy right now”… and then its put off until later, which often affects my performance and response time to inquiries.

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Question: We’re thinking about hiring 6 practicum students or recent graduates from a university to conduct some business development research. The contract/term would be about 2 months long. We do not want to pay them hourly as most of them would be working from home. Can we pay a lump sum payment after 2 months once the task is accomplished?

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Question: Do you have any templates, tools or resources that would help with measuring an organizations overall HR competency? For example, I have to achieve a 90% competency level among all employees. Do you have any insight or ideas on how to maintain or measure this?

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