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Human Capital Risk Management 

Human Capital Risk

Human Capital Risk is defined as the workforce factors and people practices impacting business performance, and span industrial relations, performance management, compensation, group benefits, health & safety, and workforce planning, training & development.  Once identified, the risks to the business’ performance can be assessed for both likelihood of occurrence and impact.  Risk mitigation strategies can be identified, developed and implemented to ensure the performance of the business is optimized.

Why Human Capital Risk is Important

As companies become more knowledge-driven, human capital expenses are increasing - on average 36% of revenues are spent on human capital costs. Human capital risks multiply as companies become more complex and undertake larger, more frequent business transformations including: mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing, shared service centers, restructuring, increased use of flexible labour and so on.

Human Capital Risk Ranks as a Significant Business Risk

The Conference Board of Canada ranks Human Capital Risk in four of the top five highest operational risks:

  1. Shortage of critical skills within company’s workforce
  2. Compliance/regulatory issues
  3. Succession planning
  4. Gap between talent capability and business goals
  5. Shortage of critical skills in external labour force 

Examples of Other Human Capital Risks

  • Low employee engagement causing declining productivity
  • Organizational culture that does not support desired behaviours or encourages undesirable ones
  • Misalignment of pay and performance causing excessive labour costs
  • Poor alignment of HR strategy and activities with business strategy
  • Ineffective selection processes resulting in poor hiring decisions
  • Labour relations issues

The MEARIE Group (TMG) Advantage

  1. TMG knows the electricity sector the best as it’s owned, operated and managed by Members
  2. TMG has over 20 years of human capital experience in building HCR strategies
  3. TMG provides both strategic and transactional services across the many facets of business requirements

The MEARIE Group Extends Its Partnerships

The MEARIE Group provides a variety of products and services to help our clients with their human resource needs.  In addition to our partnerships with Comprehensive Benefit Solutions, BFL Canada, Korn Ferry and our various training partners, we have expanded our partnerships to include Oakbridges Industrial Relations Strategists and The Self Management Group. Oakbridges specializes in the broader field of Industrial Relations, developing strategies that extend beyond traditional day-to-day Labour Relations and Collective Bargaining.  The Self Management Group provides comprehensive talent selection and performance management services including individual and group psychometric evaluation tools.

Our services now span the following areas:

  • Group Benefits
  • Industrial Relations
  • Talent Management
  • Compensation
  • Health, Safety & Wellness 

With our expanded partnerships, we now offer an even broader array of services and enhanced Human Capital Risk Management support.

New Levels of Support

We will be combining our HRIS and ELRS programs into our new HCR Program.  Access to HRIS and ELRS will continue to the end of March.  In April, we will offer our new HCR services with the following levels of support:


Improved for 2019, our HCR package includes enhanced information, quick access to generic, high level trends, and industry specific resource material, including:

  • Surveys (i.e. Management Salary Survey, Board of Directors Compensation Survey)
  • Toolkits/Templates
  • Industry Wage/settlement/benefits database
  • Collective Bargaining Agreements
  • Metrics/Research/Benchmark Material/CPI Index
  • Articles/Whitepapers/Webinars
  • Coaches Handbook
  • 25% discount Conference Board of Canada’s Human Resource Management Service


When you occasionally need access to an expert for additional support, guidance or expertise, you can take advantage of our "expert-on-call" packages of either 20 or 60 hours.

Industrial Relations Package
Access to our experts anytime to better understand and resolve Labour Relations and Industrial Relations issues impacting your organization.

Talent Management Package
Access to our experts anytime to better understand and resolve Talent Management issues impacting your organization.


Access to our expert consulting support for contracted assignments and projects on an as needed basis. Examples include:

  • Industrial and Labour Relations strategic planning
  • Situational and Cultural Assessments
  • Collective Bargaining preparation
  • Collective Bargaining Negotiation Support/Lead
  • Recruitment and Terminations (Hiring, Assessments, Onboarding, Exit Interviews, Outplacement)
  • Training (Training Strategy, Assessments, Learning Plans, Metrics)
  • Talent Development (Career Mapping, Succession Planning, Performance Management, Coaching)
  • Employee Engagement and Team Development Programs

 Call us for a free consultation. Estimates provided on an individual basis.



We provide a number of products and services available on an individual basis, including:

  • Comprehensive Group Benefits programs
  • Energy Job Search™, and TalentNest Applicant Tracking System™
  • Management Pro™ and Team Pro™ psychometric evaluation tools
  • Onsite Training programs, with customized options available
  • Retiree Benefit actuarial reviews
  • Workplace Absence and Disability Management
 Call us for a free consultation or quote. Estimates provided on an individual basis.

For further information, or to enroll call 1-800-668-9979 or e-mail

Registration will open mid-April for the Management Salary Survey. This survey is included at no additional cost to HCR Self-Directed Service Subscribers!