Archive for November 12, 2018

Employee Experience Key To Winning War For Talent: ServiceNow Canada

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 12, 2018 by itnerd

There’s a war for talent going on both in Canada and globally, especially in growing fields like technology and artificial intelligence. As global companies look to expand operations in Canada, and home-grown companies experience rapid growth, businesses need to ensure they’re competing in this war both to attract top talent to work for them, and also to encourage their own talent to stay.

A survey conducted by ServiceNow Canada of 500 human resources executives across 12 countries and 20 industries reveals that providing excellent employee experiences, enabled by technology, is becoming the new way to win the never-ending war for talent. Eighty-three per cent of CHROs surveyed say employee experience is important to their organization’s success.

Highlights from the survey, by enterprise service management company ServiceNow, found that:

  • Only 8 per cent of organizations have reached an “advanced” stage of digital transformation in their HR departments. Comparatively, 18 per cent are considered “moderately advanced,” but a vast majority of companies (74%!) are at the “least advanced” level.
  • However, the companies that are advanced in their HR digital transformation are winning the war for talent. They are:
    • More likely to be highly satisfied with employee engagement levels at their company (29% vs. 19% of moderately advanced companies and 12% of least advanced companies);
    • Much more successful at recruiting (97% vs. 80% and 53%) and at retaining top talent (79% vs. 63% and 41%);
    • Reporting lower turnover than their peers (84% vs. 77% and 52%); and
    • More likely to say they have built a workforce to meet future business objectives (79% vs. 50% and 35%).

You can see the survey results here.

Review: 2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD – Part 1

Posted in Products with tags on November 12, 2018 by itnerd

About two years ago I reviewed the Mazda CX-9 which is Mazda’s entry into the three row SUV space. It impressed me in terms of the quality of the interior, the stunning exterior looks, and the fuel economy which was amazing for such a big vehicle.

Now I’m back with the 2019 version in the Signature trim:


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The looks are stated earlier are simply stunning. It’s easily the best looking vehicle that Mazda has made. This despite the fact that this is a two year old design. Clearly it is a design that is going to age well. But Mazda did make a change on the outside. The mirrors are power folding mirrors which is a feature that did not exist in the one that I drove 2 years ago. They unfold when you unlock the CX-9 and fold up when you lock the CX-9. That’s a nice touch. But beyond that, any changes that Mazda has made to the CX-9 are going to be elsewhere and I will do my best to highlight them as I go through this review.

My review of the CX-9 is made up of five parts:

  • Exterior
  • Engine, transmission, handling, fuel economy, and driving comfort
  • Interior
  • Technology in the vehicle
  • Wrap up

Tomorrow, I’ll be covering the fact that this seven passenger SUV comes with a 2.5l turbocharged 4 cylinder engine as opposed to a V6. That impressed me the last time I drove this vehicle, and I was even more impressed this time around. Tune in tomorrow to find out why.