An organization’s most important resource is its people and the knowledge they have accumulated through years of employment. The electricity and renewable energy industry tends to maintain a stable workforce where employees often spend their entire careers working at one organization. Our 2008 Labour Market Information study found that with the approaching retirement of 28.8% of its workforce, retaining the knowledge of these employees and passing it on to new workers is becoming a growing concern industry-wide. Many organizations have little to no strategy in place for managing this knowledge and sharing it with the organization as a whole, or, they have a system in place to capture the knowledge but require a more strategic approach for disseminating that information when it is needed. This disparity of knowledge sharing processes is not limited to one particular section of the company but exists from the top down. The importance of creating a solid knowledge management and transfer strategy has never been clearer.

The Electricity Human Resources Canada’s Knowledge Management and Transfer project was designed to identify and assess current knowledge transfer processes both within and outside the industry. The project provides a compendium of tools and resources to help HR Managers develop and implement effective KM/KT strategies whether it is preparing the business case for knowledge management and transfer, assessing the needs of their particular organization, or putting pragmatic knowledge capture processes in place.

EHRC’s KMAT website features:

  • Definitions of Knowledge Management and Knowledge Transfer
  • Marketing materials for securing company-wide buy-in
  • An extensive toolkit filled with tools and resources for every step of the process
  • Examples and case studies of emerging and innovative KM/KT practices
  • Additional literature resources

At EHRC, we strongly believe in the power of a solid knowledge management and transfer strategy. By knowing where your knowledge capture gaps exist, it will be easier to fill them in with effective processes so that, as employees retire, your organization will be better equipped to move forward.

For downloadable versions of some of the sections found within this website, click here.

Michelle Branigan
Chief Executive Officer