The former chief talent strategist with Human Resources Blueprint Ltd. said she took on the new position so she could see her suggested strategies actually being executed - something that’s not always possible as a consultant.
“I’ve always had a strong passion for labour relations, and coming into an environment with separate bargaining units is a great opportunity,” said Ms. Haywood, who took on the position in September.
“It’s an organization going through a bit of change … (so) it really allows me to take all of the great knowledge I learned from my consulting background.”
In particular, AECL’s divestiture of the Candu reactors earlier this year is prompting discussions of restructuring across the organization, she said.
Ms. Haywood’s new role is director of employee relations and human resources services for AECL’s 3,700 employees. She also has responsibility for the labour relations board.
Her work will include elements such as collective bargaining, grievance administration, employee investigations, staffing, recruitment and performance management.
Having just finished one cycle of collective bargaining, the next one will begin shortly, Ms. Haywood said.
“That will be a challenge in the current financial climate.”
This month, AECL successfully ratified a collective agreement with the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada for a unit representing about 80 technicians and technologists at Manitoba’s Whishell Laboratories.
The agreement, which was ratified with mediation assistance from the federal government, is valid until June 30, 2014.Prior to Human Resources Blueprint Ltd., Ms. Haywood was director of professional services at HRSG, senior labour relations consultant at the City of Ottawa and HR Manager at Pepsi Beverages Co. in Atlantic Canada.
Her community contributions have come through organizations such as the Women’s Business Network, where she was co-chair of the communications and marketing committee for a year between 2011 and 2012.