Friday, 23 December 2011

First out of country test a success!

I am so lucky to have a team that is willing to try just about anything. If we say we can work anytime anywhere, we want to put our money where our mouth is!

I have two leaders on my team that had holidays planned, one to Pheonix for 2 weeks and one to Mexico for 2 weeks. Each thought it would be great to add a week of work before and after their vacation time from their international locations.

Why would we want to test this? There are many reasons. Will our technology work outside Calgary or Canada? Will they still be productive in tropical locations? Each of them leads a team of people, so how would their team's react to their leader being even more remote? Would it be any more difficult to lead a team, coach a team, or even just have team meetings?

We have now successfully tested Pheonix! Everything worked! The technology didn't fail, Jenn's productivity (which is normally off the chart) became even better, if that is possible. The team still had their meetings, Jenn still provided coaching and development moments virtually, and I as her leader had absolutely no issues. Projects were completed on time, if not early, we were always able to connect when we needed to, and our coaching relationship worked fine from afar as well.

Our next guinea pig leaves for Mexico in early February, so I will keep you posted on that situation! If our tests continue to be successful, think of the possibilities for my team!! We could have world leaders in area's of expertise that we need from around the world work for us, but never leave their home country... our talent pool might just have become the entire world!

Ta ta


Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Sherri Wright-Schwietz Recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for Excellence in Recruitment

Sherri was recently recognized by a premier publisher for executives and professionals, lead by Donald Trump Jr. It is an elite networking resource limited to individuals who have demonstrated leadership and achievement in their industry and occupation. Congratulations Sherri!!

CALGARY, AB, CANADA, December 14, 2011 /Cambridge Who's Who/ -- Sherri Wright-Schwietz, CHRP, Head of Talent and Story for ATB Investor Services, a subsidiary of ATB Financial, has been recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in her approach to recruitment. As the Head of Talent and Story for ATB Investor Services, Sherri develops innovative human resources and communications strategies to support a rapidly growing wealth management firm.

She is a strong leader and perpetual team player, providing associates with extraordinary training and coaching, as well as industry-leading programs and tools. She is focused on developing rewards that matter to individuals, and creating opportunities and experiences that will help each associate grow within his or her career with ATB. Throughout her tenure at ATB Investor Services, Sherri has received several international awards for her innovative orientation package and industry-leading recruitment process, having most importantly been honored with the HR Summit Award in 2009 and again in 2010. Sherri hopes to be seen as a world leader in the talent recruitment field, and her goal is to add value to all areas of ATB Investor Services. "My mission is to change the way we view the company-associate relationship. I would like to help HR professionals see the business value we can add when we look at our roles with different lenses."

Sherri has worked hard to create an employee-centric, engaged corporate culture within ATB Investor Services. She is currently implementing a customized flexible workplace initiative to the organization, and is documenting the experience on her blog. This culture change is radical for the investment community, but is intended to transform the way work is done - measuring results instead of time.

Sherri received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Calgary in 1996. Her educational background drives her love of the profession; working with people and discovering the things that motivate them. She is a Certified Human Resource Professional, having earned the distinction from the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations, and enjoys mentoring others in the profession as a member of Human Resources Institute of Alberta, the Association of Professional Recruiters of Canada and the Society for Human Resource Management.

For more information about ATB Investor Services, visit

About Cambridge Who's Who
With over 400,000 members representing every major industry, Cambridge Who's Who is a powerful networking resource that enables professionals to outshine their competition, in part through effective branding and marketing. Cambridge Who's Who employs similar public relations techniques to those utilized by Fortune 500 companies and makes them cost-effective for members who seek to take advantage of its career enhancement and business advancement services. Cambridge is pleased to welcome its new Executive Director of Global Branding and Networking, Donald Trump Jr., who is eager to share his extensive experience in this arena with members.

Cambridge Who's Who membership provides individuals with a valuable third party endorsement of their accomplishments and gives them the tools needed to brand themselves and their businesses effectively. In addition to publishing biographies in print and electronic form, it offers an online networking platform where members can establish new professional relationships.

For more information, please visit

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Friday, 9 December 2011

Survey says...

In November 2011, we administered a survey to the Workplace 2.0 pilot members before they started actively participating in the program. The pilot members provided very valuable information on their current work environment. After the pilot period is complete, these same participants will be asked to complete a post-pilot survey that will be used to measure, improve, and scale the program across the company. A total of 34 ATB associates and managers were asked to participate, and with a 100% response rate, here are a few interesting findings:
  • Nearly all ATB respondents (85%) report working from home some of the time already. Of those that do currently work from home, the average is 18 hours a week. The majority of that time is during normal business hours.
  • The average amount of time respondents take to commute one-way is 31.5 minutes, which equates to 263 hours and approximately $3,318 in a year.
  • The majority (between 88 and 97%) of respondents feel they are able to easily keep in touch with contacts, maintain relationships, collaborate with colleagues, and receive timely assisstance when they need it.
  • In response to the statement "My company's senior leadership team is supportive of remote work arrangements" 65% of pilot members Strongly Agreed, 29% Agreed and 6% were Neutral. That means none of our participants feel as though our executive team are unsupportive of them working remotely.
  • Current companyy satisfaction is very high. Our goal with this program would be to maintain or improve these results: