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IncludeMe app for workplace mental health needs your feedback

February 20, 2019

Canadian employers are legally obligated to protect workers’ physical and psychological safety. The IncludeMe app was designed to make it fast and simple to get managers up to speed on awareness and on how to engage and accommodate employees experiencing mental health challenges. The training has been reviewed by the MHCC and CMHA and is fully funded by the Government of Canada. This is your organization's opportunity, in one shot, to deploy free, baseline training in workplace mental health to all managers or members. It helps mitigate risk and demonstrates due diligence andemployee care by getting everyone on board.

IncludeMe is under an effectiveness study by Queen’s University to understand whether this is an effective way to learn about workplace mental health. Your feedback is valuable. By selecting the Advanced Survey path you will be asked to provide your consent to participate in this study. This will involve a set of 15 questions before you take the training and then they are repeated at the end of the training. They take about 3 minutes to respond to. Your personal information (such as name and phone number) is not shared with Queen’s or others at any time. The login information is there to protect your personal information from others which is why it requires you email and cell phone authentication. Thank you for helping to further the field of workplace mental health. Please email info@iristhedragon.com with any concerns or questions.

Expert Panel to provide advice on complex workplace issues facing Canadians

February 20, 2019

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that the Government has established an independent Expert Panel to study the more complex workplace issues facing Canadian employers and workers. The process to select panelists was lengthy, thorough and extensive. The Labour Program considered upwards of 100 potential candidates over the course of about five months.

The Panel will study, consult and bring forward recommendations to Minister Hajdu on: federal minimum wage; labour standards protections for non-standard workers; the “right to disconnect” outside of work hours; collective voice for non-unionized workers; and, access and portability of benefits. Chaired by Sunil Johal, Policy Director at The Mowat Centre, the Panel will operate at arm’s length from the Government to ensure it provides independent, evidence-based advice. Collectively, the seven members of the Panel bring valuable expertise in areas such as labour policy, law, economics and business, and possess a well-rounded understanding of employer and worker perspectives. The other Panel members are Richard Dixon, Mary Gellatly, Dalia Gesualdi-Fecteau, Kathryn A. Raymond, W. Craig Riddell and Rosa B. Walker. The results of their work will be made public in Summer 2019.

Survey: 33% of Canadian workers negotiated pay with last job offer

February 13, 2019

Canadian job seekers may need a confidence boost when it comes to setting their salary, suggests new research from global staffing firm Robert Half. One-third of professionals surveyed (33%) tried to negotiate a higher salary with their last employment offer, falling one point from a similar survey in 2018. A separate survey finds many employers are willing to make a deal with candidates: 65% of senior managers said they expect some back-and-forth on salary. More than half are more open to negotiating compensation (53%) and nonmonetary perks and benefits (56%) than they were a year ago.

Edmonton ranked top city for youth to work: First-ever YouthfulCities Urban Work Index

February 4, 2019

YouthfulCities has launched its inaugural Urban Work Index, the first of its kind to look specifically at urban work in Canada. The Index, which was funded by RBC Future Launch, ranks 21 Canadian cities based on 48 urban work indicators, and found Edmonton to be the top-ranked city in the country. Edmonton scored 713.86 points out of a possible 1,310 available points. With 87% of Canadian youth aged 15-29 living in cities, the YouthfulCities Urban Work Index creates a way for youth to explore the best cities for them to work. It uses an expansive, youth-driven definition for work that includes four thematic areas: Education (affordability, access, work-integrated learning experiences), Entrepreneurship (spirit, spaces, programming) Affordability (housing, utilities, transportation, food/clothing, leisure, health) and Employment (basic, career-oriented, city economic profile, programs).

CharityVillage releases 2019 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Report

February 4, 2019

Compensation at nonprofits across the country continues to rise slowly for some nonprofit professionals, according to the new 2019 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Report, published by CharityVillage. To better understand nonprofit compensation, we surveyed more than 1,500 participants who represented more than 12,000 individual employees from nonprofits across Canada. The results are gathered in our 2017 salary and benefits report, now available for online purchase. The report covers key metrics such as:

  • Annual salaries by position, experience, organization type, size, region, and focus
  • Performance incentive plans
  • Benefit packages

For additional insight from the report, click here for our companion article. To get more information about the report itself, and to order, please click here.

AFP launches women’s mentoring and development program

January 30, 2019

As part of its Women’s Impact Initiative, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has launched a new mentoring and development program designed to provide guidance, education and leadership skills to highly talented women in the fundraising field. With women composing about 70% of the profession, but only holding approximately 30% of senior-level fundraising positions, the Women’s Impact Initiative (WII) was created in 2018 to address the specific issues and challenges that women in the fundraising profession face. The new mentoring program (expected to expand in 2020) is the latest facet of WII that will provide support and guidance to women in fundraising with an interest in secruring senior-level positions.

ONN releases more resources for Decent Work initiative

January 30, 2019

The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) has several tools and resources available in their Decent Work initiative, as well as related to women's work in the sector. Click here to:

  • Review 10 solutions to break down barriers to women’s economic empowerment in the nonprofit sector
  • Sign a decent work charter
  • Review practices at your workplace with our decent work checklist
  • Set up a pension
  • Grab one, two, three or more of their 121 ideas
  • Share your experiences
  • Read up on the experiences of other women working in the sector
  • Share decent work videos

Retire or re-hire? 1 in 4 retired Canadians regret retiring and want to go back to work

January 30, 2019

A new CIBC poll finds that more than a quarter (27%) of retired Canadians regret retiring and an almost equal number (23%) have tried re-entering the labour market. While 59% choose to return to work for the intellectual stimulation, 50% say it's financial concerns that have them hitting the pavement. The poll also revealed that half of all Canadians would rather keep working past age 65 than retire and endure a lower standard of living. Most (78%) believe that reducing their work hours or "semi-retirement" gives them the "best of both worlds."

Morneau Shepell finds increase in workplace and personal stress, while sense of stigma declines

January 29, 2019

Workplace stress is on the rise and employees are feeling the pressure, according to new research announced today by Morneau Shepell. In a survey of employees and employers across Canada, the company found that more than one third of employees report that they are more stressed now from work (35%) and personal issues (36%) than they were five years ago. In the workplace, one quarter (27%) of employees rated their stress from work during the last six months as high to extreme, compared to 34% among people managers.

According to the research, one of the main contributors to stress today is an increased feeling of workplace isolation – the state of feeling alone and without friends, support or help. Employees (64%) and managers (73%) reporting a high level of workplace isolation are more likely to say they also have a high level of workplace stress. This is concerning as approximately one in six employees reported a high to extreme feeling of isolation at work (15%) during the previous six months, with one in four employees (23%) and managers (24%) reporting increased feelings of isolation at work when compared to five years ago.

Despite the increase in workplace stress, the research found a decline in the sense of stigma associated with mental health issues, demonstrating an improvement in normalizing conversation around the issue. While two thirds (67%) of employees report that they would be concerned their career options would be limited if their workplace was aware of their mental health issue, the number has declined when compared to 2014, when more than three quarters (77%) concurred with this view. Self-stigma – feeling negatively about oneself for having a mental health issue – also declined over the last five years, from two thirds (65%) in 2014 to 56% today. This trend shifts when factoring in workplace stress. The research found that employees who report suffering from high (79%) and medium (68%) levels of workplace stress were more likely to agree that they are worried about the impact on their careers if their workplace knew about any mental wellness issues.

Half of Canadians check their work emails while on vacation

January 29, 2019

A new study shows half of Canadians say they check their office emails while travelling on vacation. Of those, 24% say they do so at least once, if not several times, each day. The results were gathered in a survey of Canadian travellers by Allianz Global Assistance Canada, which asked Canadians about their travel habits. The Ipsos survey also revealed that men are the most likely to check their work emails, with 54% responding affirmatively versus 44% of women. However, the greatest differences were associated with age. Some 72% of Millennials say they check their work emails while on vacation, compared with 42% of GenXers and 32% of Baby Boomers. 

Applications now being accepted for Mindset Award for Workplace Mental Health Reporting

January 21, 2019

Applications open today for the Mindset Award for Workplace Mental Health Reporting, offering a prize of $1,000 for excellent Canadian journalism on the subject in English in 2018. Applications are also open for the French equivalent, le prix En-Tête pour le reportage en santé mentale au travail, which also carries a $1,000 prize. There is no application fee. Online applications for both awards will close on February 15. The competitions are open to journalists writing or broadcasting in the designated language anywhere in Canada, for work first published or broadcast in Canada during 2018.

Almost half of workers In Canada would relocate for a job

January 16, 2019

Offering relocation benefits to job candidates may be a good move for employers, suggests new research from global staffing firm Robert Half. Forty-nine percent of workers surveyed said they would consider moving for a position. They identified better pay and perks (46%) as the top motivation for moving to a new city, followed by family or personal reasons (18%) and cost of living (16%). A separate survey of senior managers in Canada found that, in the past five years, 22% of companies have increased what's offered in the relocation packages they present to top candidates outside their geographic area. In contrast, 37% of organizations do not offer any incentives for moving.

Call for applicants for Canada’s Volunteer Awards’ National Advisory Committee

January 14, 2019

Through Canada’s Volunteer Awards (CVA), the Government of Canada aims to inspire Canadians from all walks of life to find new ways of making a difference in their communities. Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced the call for applicants for Canada’s Volunteer Awards’ National Advisory Committee (NAC). The NAC will play an important role as they advise and assist the Minister on all matters relating to the selection of CVA recipients. The National Advisory Committee will be made up of 15 members that have shown passion and commitment in the field of volunteerism. Members include individuals with experience working or volunteering in the not-for-profit, voluntary and business communities. The Canada’s Volunteer Awards’ National Advisory Committee proudly represents Canada’s cultural, linguistic and regional diversity. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2019.

Majority of workers consider health and wellness offerings when choosing a job

January 7, 2019

Workers are looking to their employers for some help in meeting their health and wellness goals, new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam suggests. Sixty-three percent of professionals surveyed in Canada said a company's health and wellness offerings influence their decision to work there. Employees place the greatest weight on ergonomic workplace evaluations and equipment (30%) and fitness facilities or programs (25%). Fortunately, these are the resources most commonly offered by organizations (36% each). Twenty-nine percent of companies don't have any health and wellness options. Professionals ages 18 to 34 (74%) most often said health and wellness offerings impact their decision to work at an organization, compared to those ages 35 to 54 (60%) and 55 and older (50%). Companies with fewer than 100 employees were least likely to have health and wellness programs.

Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education accepting nominations

January 2, 2019

The Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education have honoured outstanding early childhood educators since 2002, with almost 250 educators honoured to date. Recipients are honoured for their leadership, exemplary early childhood education practices, and their commitment to help build the foundation children need to make the best possible start in life. To be eligible, nominees must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, educators who have successfully completed training in early childhood education and care, and have provided direct education and care to young children at least 15 hours per week in a licensed childcare centre for the past three years. Recipients of the award receive the following:

  • Cash awards worth up to $5,000
  • A certificate from the Prime Minister
  • Promotion of their best practices in early education and care
  • National recognition for their contribution to excellence in education in Canada

The deadline for nominations is January 14, 2019, and the entire information package, including details on how to make a nomination, can be found here.

Apply to become a member of the National Advisory Council on Poverty

January 2, 2019

On August 21, 2018, the Government of Canada released Opportunity for All – Canada's First Poverty Reduction Strategy with the vision of Canada as a world leader in poverty eradication. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development is launching a call for applications for membership of an Advisory Council, which would be composed of a Chairperson, a member with particular responsibilities for children’s issues, as well as members who have knowledge and experience of poverty-related issues. It would also include people living in poverty or with lived experience of poverty. The Advisory Council will be representative of Canada's diversity in terms of gender, regions, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities and official languages. The Advisory Council will operate for at least 2 years. Members must be available and willing to participate over the entire period.

The new performance review: shorter and more frequent, survey says

December 31, 2018

The performance review is getting a makeover, suggests new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam. More than half of companies in Canada (57%) have updated their performance appraisals within the past two years. Top changes include making the process shorter (47%) and increasing the frequency of feedback (36%). How often are organizations holding reviews? Seven in 10 HR managers (70%) said their company conducts formal staff appraisals at least once a year. Thirty-one percent have these meetings twice a year or quarterly.

Canada Summer Jobs 2019 application season kicks off

December 31, 2018

The Government of Canada has announced the launch of the employer application period for the 2019 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program. Not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and private employers with up to 50 employees can now apply for funding to hire a young Canadian this summer. The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program creates good quality summer job opportunities and valuable work experience for youth aged 15 to 30. Summer jobs are a great way for young Canadians to gain skills and valuable experience to help build their resumes, all while earning a fair wage. They also help organizations fill labour gaps during the busy summer months. Changes have been made to CSJ 2019 that will make it easier than ever for employers to provide good quality summer jobs, and for young people to access them:

  • Fewer barriers to good quality jobs: expanded eligibility to include all youth between the ages of 15-30 who are legally entitled to work in Canada – not just students.
  • Updated eligibility criteria: to reflect feedback received from employers and organizations, the eligibility criteria have been changed to set out what is and isn’t eligible for funding.

Small businesses with 50 or fewer employees, not-for-profit employers and public sector organizations that can provide good quality summer jobs for youth are invited to apply for funding from the Government of Canada. Employers are strongly encouraged to open an account on the secure Government Grants and Contributions Online Service portal, a one-time process that will allow them to apply for this and other funding opportunities across Employment and Social Development Canada.

The YMCA Post Secondary Youth Internship Program seeks employer partners in Vancouver

December 31, 2018

The YMCA Post Secondary Youth Internship Program is seeking employer partners to work with their program to connect recent post-secondary graduates to jobs in their field of study. The YMCA Post Secondary Youth Internship program is able to provide up to 16 week subsidies for work placements that start between now and January 21st, 2019.

The YMCA Post Secondary Youth Internship Program provides post secondary graduate youth with job-seeking support, with the goal of securing participant's career-related work experience in various high-demand sectors: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Skilled trades, Tourism, Agriculture, Finance, Marketing, Community Development, Housing, Food Services, Retail. The program is designed to help young, motivated professionals build skills, develop confidence and integrate into the Canadian labour market. The program is beneficial for employers who are currently hiring and the program provides:

  • A wage subsidy provided by the federal government that provides $8.00 per hour of participant’s wages based on a minimum hourly rate of pay of $16 hour.
  • Access to a ready-to-work, pre-screened talent pool;
  • The dynamism, energy, dedication, and commitment that a post-secondary graduate brings to work!

If you are interested in participating as an employer partner in the Post Secondary Youth Internship Program or have any further questions please feel free to contact Luc Desrochers at Cellular: (778) 386-0853, Email: luc.desrochers@gv.ymca.ca or Jonah Erickson at (604) 328-9622, Email: jonah.erickson@gv.ymca.ca.

Survey finds worker productivity in Canada increases during busy holiday season

December 4, 2018

It's the most wonderful time of the year — for worker productivity? Professionals may simply be looking to land on the "nice" list, but 55% of Canadian respondents in a recent Accountemps survey said they get more work done during the holidays. Of the respondents who see their output falling this time of year, greater year-end workloads (35%) and personal commitments (33%) were noted as the main culprits. Other productivity impediments cited included cold/flu season (22%) and holiday shopping (11%).

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