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Evert Akkerman

Business Writer

Evert Akkerman CHRL, LL.M. is an HR professional based out of Newmarket, Ontario. Born and raised in Holland, he immigrated to Canada in 1999 and obtained his HR designation while working for a financial institution. Evert founded XNL HR in 2012 and serves as advisor to entrepreneurs and executives, striving to help organizations unlock their human potential. In 2015, Evert won the inaugural Randstad Canada Talent Award for Innovation in HR. In November 2016, he was named one of the Top-25 HR professionals in Canada by the Canadian HR Reporter and in 2017, he won the Randstad Canada Award for Agility in HR. Outside of practicing HR and writing, Evert is a veteran of six marathons.
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Adding a Dimension to Inclusivity

Adding a Dimension to Inclusivity

Although many employers advertise that they strive for diversity and inclusivity in the workplace, many shy away from bringing in people with a fresh perspective, such as New Canadians. In the workplace, Canadian experience continues to be a factor in determining “fit”. The issue is, if we [...]

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Watching the Clock

Watching the Clock

Photo credit: Evert Akkerman The end of the year is usually the season for all kinds of joyful stuff, and in many organizations this includes performance reviews. You know, the annual ritual dance that most participants dread – appraisers as well as appraisees – as it tends to represent a lot of [...]

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Employment lawyer Stuart Rudner: “Contract is the cornerstone of the employment relationship”

Employment lawyer Stuart Rudner: “Contract is the cornerstone of the employment relationship”

On August 23, 2016, award-winning employment lawyer Stuart Rudner spoke at an event with the theme Recruiting Talent: Trends Dominating the HR Landscape, organized by the York Small Business Enterprise Centre at the Cardinal Golf Club in King, Ontario. Rudner focused on the importance of ‘getting [...]

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Poking the Hive

Poking the Hive

In this era of elevator pitches, sound bites and speed networking, you might think that everything in life has become instant, optional, superficial and fleeting, including our connections. Everyone seems to be overwhelmed and in transition, so there is no time or need to grow deep roots anymore, right? [...]

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Why the Best Fit May Not be your Best Bet

Why the Best Fit May Not be your Best Bet

Hiring the right people is critical for a company’s future. Having been in HR for years, I’ve seen many examples of flawed hiring practices, with employers hiring people because ‘We had a good conversation and we liked him’. Other reasons I heard: the candidate ‘seemed like a nice guy’, ‘I [...]

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Killing the Goose

Killing the Goose

What continues to puzzle me is the human compulsion to ruin a good thing by wanting too much, pushing too hard, poisoning wells and destroying resources. Among the root causes are recklessness, opportunism, arrogance, greed and folly. An unfortunate aspect of human nature is that, often, enough is not [...]

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