Developing High-Performers through Performance Improvement

Date and Time

Starts:05/09/2017 8:30 AM

Ends:05/09/2017 4:30 PM

Event Type: Workshop

7 Hours Hour(s)

Yorkville Conference Center 150 Bloor St W, 2nd FL Toronto, ON


HRPA Members:
$495 + Taxes
$595 + Taxes
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Additional Information

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Event Sponsor

Are your employees performing at their best? How well is your performance management system working for you?  Your performance management system is more than just performance appraisals. But confusion around that distinction is one of the reasons organizations get frustrated about how to manage people.  The yearly appraisal process, no matter how well designed, is not enough to ensure that employees perform optimally. A performance management system needs to support and encourage the right behaviours from both the manager and employee throughout the year. In this interactive session, you will learn about performance management best practices, diagnose your own organization's processes, and develop specific strategies and best practices to take performance management to the next level.

Learning objectives:

  • Review current performance management trends, strategies, and best practices
  • Identify methods to improve your organization's approach to building high-performing talent through performance management
  • Determine how to make a compelling business case to the C-Suite and/or senior management to improve your organization's current performance management process and practices


Who should attend?

HR professionals of all levels, people leaders or anyone involved in their organization's performance management process.




Speaker bio(s)
Co-Speaker Laura Williams

Laura Williams, Principal

Laura Williams is an award-winning labour and employment lawyer. As the founder of Markham-based Williams HR Law and Williams HR Consulting Inc., Laura is committed to helping employers think proactively about their people-management challenges. Whether working with Fortune 500 companies or small and medium-sized businesses, Laura has spent more than 20 years helping organizations develop and implement HR and legal strategies, policies and practices that do more than comply with legislation and help mitigate legal risk. Her goal is to help employers recognize that effective people-management strategies can produce game-changing results for an organization.

A regular columnist for PROFIT magazine and the National Post, Laura has been featured across media outlets including the Globe and Mail, Canadian Lawyer, Lawyers’ Weekly, Law Times, Canadian Employment Law Today, CBC Radio, Global TV, CTV News, Rogers Daytime and Chatelaine.

Laura is a seasoned speaker who regularly presents at conferences, seminars and delivers in-house, customized leadership development client programs. Laura is a long-standing labour relations instructor in the University of Toronto’s Human Resources program, and developed and instructs the HRPA’s 3-day certificate program in labour relations.

In addition to her practice, Laura is a member of various professional associations and community and service organizations. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of 360°kids and a past Governor of Holy Trinity School in Richmond Hill.

Laura is a member of and legal advisor to one of the Toronto-based Women’s Presidents Organization chapters, and was recently named one of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs by Canadian Business magazine.

Co-Speaker Lisa McFarland

Lisa McFarland, CHRP, CHRL

Lisa McFarland brings more than 25 years of experience in the field of Human Resources, specializing in designing and delivering practical solutions that align with organizational culture and people strategy. Lisa is dedicated to promoting leadership capability, elevating team performance and creating a foundation of stability for a culture of high performance. She recognizes that stability requires transforming from reactive, fire-fighting mode to intentional clarity through goals, priorities, roles and responsibilities, as well as, processes and procedures. As a training facilitator, Lisa has experience facilitating domestic and international workshops. She conveys enthusiasm for her subject matter that translates into a vibrant learning experience.