Canadian employers underestimate the presence of chronic disease in the workforce

June 11, 2019

The 22nd edition of The Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey uncovered gaps in knowledge that can serve to help guide decision-making among employers who provide health benefit plans to employees. A persistent gap is employers' underestimation of the presence of chronic disease in their workforce, which suggests they may also underestimate the negative impact of unmanaged disease on productivity. The report suggests there is a growing urgency to do more for chronic disease as:

  • 54% of plan members have been diagnosed with at least one chronic disease or condition, increasing to 69% among those aged 55 to 64.
  • Plan sponsors estimate that 39% of their workforce has a chronic condition.
  • When chronic pain is added to the equation, 67% of employees have a condition that can impact productivity and lead to repeated absences from the workplace.
  • 87% of employees with a chronic condition would like to know more about their condition and how to treat it.
  • 82% of employers would like their benefit plan to do more to support employees with chronic conditions.

Research reveals hiring hurdles from job posting to job offer

June 4, 2019

Recruiting is no walk in the park, according to new research from global staffing firm Robert Half. Canadian companies face a number of challenges throughout the hiring process, the greatest being generating interest from qualified candidates (32%) and developing compensation packages and negotiating salaries (20%), as reported by more than 600 senior managers. Making an offer to a candidate isn't the end of the recruiting road. When asked to name the most common reason prospective hires decide not to join their company, nearly three in 10 (28%) of senior managers said it's because applicants accepted another position or counteroffer. Twenty-five percent of senior managers said candidates turned down a job from their company because the compensation and benefits were lower than expected.

Vancouver’s annual digital nonprofit conference about to kick off

May 29, 2019

For its fifth year in a row, the Digital Nonprofit Conference continues to expand! With tickets selling fast, don’t miss your chance to come to Vancouver’s best nonprofit conference on June 11th. This year, over 200 nonprofit professionals will hear keynotes from Beth Kanter, Vu Le, Shoni Fields, Ryann Miller, and many other presenters. You’ll get to learn how to manage digital teams, create a culture of wellbeing, lead in this digital age, and advance your marketing strategies. This full day-event will be packed with strategies and tactics for you to take back to your teams, networking opportunities, and of course, lots of coffee and food! Last minute tickets still available here.

Number of working Canadians who need time off for disability on the rise

May 28, 2019

The majority of working Canadians (68%) have some experience with time off work due to a disability, whether for themselves or a family member, or they know someone who has taken a disability leave. Moreover, the number of Canadians who need time off work due to a disability is on the rise, yet disability coverage continues to decline, according to a recent RBC Insurance survey. The study found that half (50%) of working Canadians say they would have liked to have taken time off work for a disability but felt they couldn't afford it, up 5 points from 2018. Despite the increase, the number of Canadians who have disability coverage either through their workplace benefits or personal insurance that they've purchased declined by 5 points from 55 per cent in 2018, leaving half of working Canadians without any disability coverage at all.

Survey: Majority of workers save vacation time for summer

May 28, 2019

As temperatures climb, many workers are stocking up on sunscreen and booking summer travel. A recent Accountemps survey found more than half of Canadian workers (56%) save their vacation time for June, July and August, and plan to take an average of 11 days off this summer. When asked how many days they plan to take off this summer, most popular was 6-10 days (34%), followed by 1-5 days (22%). Rounding it out was 11-15 days (20%), 21+ days (9%) and 16-20 days (9%). A full 8% had no plans to take any time off this summer.

Personal achievement and interpersonal relations driving Canadian workers

May 22, 2019

Here's the good news for Canadian employers: More than four out of five (83%) Canadian workers are satisfied with their work, according to an extensive study on the Canadian workplace conducted for Hamster by Léger. Most are also very engaged (90%) and motivated (81%) by their job. Three in four (75%) report that their work is fulfilling because they achieve personal goals. However, the survey also shows employers need to be prepared for generational change as Baby Boomers age out of the workforce, meaning they will need to shape workplace culture to new generations' preferences, including Gen X-ers, Millennials.

The study reveals that the soon-to-retire Baby Boomers (now all over 55) say they are more satisfied with their work (89%) than younger workers. They are also the most committed to their job (95%) and the most motivated (89%). However, Generation X workers (now age 35 to 54), who will replace the retiring baby-boomers, is over-represented among those who are dissatisfied with their work (19%) and is also the least motivated segment (21% being not very motivated and not motivated at all). This difference could be explained by the fact that workers aged 35 to 54 are generally experiencing a particularly busy period in their lives, including often both parental responsibilities and care for their own parents as they age.

Survey shows nearly one in four Canadian professionals renege on job offer after accepting

May 22, 2019

Employers take note: The hiring process doesn't necessarily end when a candidate accepts the offer, new research from global staffing firm Robert Half shows. In the survey, nearly a quarter of Canadian workers (23 per cent) said they have backed out of an offer after initially saying yes. Reasons cited included: for a better offer (pay) from another company (38%); heard bad things about the company after accepting (21%); got a counteroffer from current employer that convinced me to stay (16%); and other (24%).

Ontario Arts Council report provides insight into the status of women in the arts in Canada

May 15, 2019

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) released The status of women in the Canadian arts and cultural industries: Research review 2010-2018, a report commissioned by OAC from a research team led by Dr. Amanda Coles, a Canadian on faculty at Australia’s Deakin University. This report provides an important synthesis of existing research on the status of women in the arts in Ontario and Canada. The majority of existing research focuses on specific sectors, such as media arts/screen, or theatre, etc., rather than addressing the arts and cultural industries as a whole. The report covers six sectors: visual arts, dance, theatre, literature, music, and media arts/screen. Some key findings in the report include:

Research shows a pervasive gender-based income gap across all six sectors under review. Overall, women’s average incomes are lower than their male peers – a defining feature of work in the Canadian arts and cultural industries.

Gender inequality in the arts and cultural industries cannot be explained by the education or skill of professional female artists and cultural workers. A cross-sectoral analysis of available data on education and training clearly shows that across all six sectors, women are as highly educated as men.

Women are well represented in administrative leadership roles in visual arts, publishing, and theatre, and in the top tier of Canadian orchestras. Executive and organizational leadership roles in the music industry are male-dominated. There is a notable shortage of data on organizational leadership in broadcasting, film and television production, the interactive digital media sector, and dance. Women are severely under-represented in key artistic leadership roles in media arts/screen, theatre and music. In contrast, key artistic leadership roles in visual arts and publishing, such as curators and editors, are female dominated.

Nearly half of job seekers in Canada receive multiple employment offers while job searching

May 14, 2019

Companies shouldn't assume their employment offer is a candidate's only option, new research suggests. A survey of workers from global financial recruitment firm Robert Half Finance & Accounting found that nearly half of job seekers in Canada (49 per cent) have received two or more offers simultaneously when applying for jobs. The competition for top talent is tough, and candidates rarely wait long when they receive a great offer. A majority of professionals surveyed (71 per cent) reported making their decision in two or fewer days. The top five reasons job seekers accepted one offer over another include: salary, benefits, position's responsibilities or challenges, commute, and advancement potential.

Distressed employees ineffective for eight days per month due to lost productivity

May 14, 2019

Distressed employees spend more than one third of their time at work being unproductive and average one full day off sick per month. This revelation comes with the release of Workplace Well-being: A Summary of the 2018 Workplace Outcome Suite Annual Report, released in partnership with the International Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA). The report is based on data from multiple employee assistance providers worldwide and over 23,000 employee use cases.

According to the research, employees struggling with mental health or other well-being issues are unable to concentrate on their job, a symptom known as "presenteeism," for more than a third of the total scheduled work time (38%) – or about eight total days per month. For context, it is more than twice as much as the typical "healthy" employee. In addition, these employees are also absent from work for an average of 7.36 hours per month – almost one full working day.

The most common clinical issues behind the reduced productivity were related to mental health (i.e., depression, anxiety) or personal stress (40% of cases), followed by relationship problems of marriage or family life (29%), work and occupational issues (18%), and alcohol misuse and drug problems (4%).

The report looks at the utilisation and effectiveness of employee assistance programs (EAPs) and found that about eight out of every 10 cases for counselling were self-referrals, with referrals from a family or other source at seven per cent, supervisor referrals at five per cent, and a mandatory referral from HR or the employer at only 2%. Thus, 98% of cases were people voluntarily using the EAP for counselling.

Survey shows what perks employees want this summer

May 8, 2019

What do workers want from their employers this summer? In a recent survey from staffing firm Accountemps, Canadian employees said the best summer perks their companies could provide to them are flexible schedules (49%), such as work-from-home opportunities and condensed days, and early departure on Fridays (38%). But which perks are employers actually offering? Fifty-five percent of senior managers in Canada said flexible schedules and relaxed dress codes, and about one in three (36%) reported allowing staff to leave early on Fridays. Another common warm-weather benefit cited by managers was company picnics or potlucks (47%). Unfortunately, this wasn't likely to win over employees, according to the survey.

CERIC funds research to support the professional integration of immigrants in Quebec

April 30, 2019

CERIC will fund a new research project in Quebec that will examine how services can better support the professional integration of immigrants in response to the struggles many face despite being selected for their qualifications and having high levels of education and training. The project will be led by Marcelline Bangali, a professor at Université Laval’s Faculty of Education and the Assistant Director of the Centre de recherche et d’intervention sur l’éducation et la vie au travail (CRIEVAT), one of the largest career counselling research centres in Canada.

Research for the project will be undertaken in partnership with the Service d’Orientation et d’Intégration des Immigrants au Travail (SOIT), a nonprofit employment agency in Quebec City serving newcomers and employers. The partnership with SOIT will allow researchers to gain a better understanding of how well the services offered by the organization meet the needs of its clients for lasting integration in a job that they consider decent and that aligns with their life choices. The end goal of the research is to design a service model that helps new immigrants manage this transition, with its inherently complex professional and identity issues.

Survey: Only 27% of companies in Canada are acing employee recognition

April 30, 2019

Are today's workers getting the recognition they deserve? Just over one-quarter of senior managers (27%) in Canada think they're nailing employee recognition, new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam shows. For the remaining 73%, there is at least some room for improvement. While 66% of senior managers said their company coordinates some form of employee recognition during the Administrative Professionals Week, with gifts and office celebrations being the most popular methods, over one-third (34%) indicated they don't do anything to acknowledge their staff.

Survey: More than 9 in 10 companies offer employees financial support for certifications

April 24, 2019

Workers today can expand their professional skills with less financial stress thanks to a majority of employers in Canada offering to cover or offset educational costs, research suggests. In a new survey from global recruitment firm Robert Half Finance & Accounting, most CFOs in Canada (92%) said their companies foot the bill for some or all costs for staff to obtain professional certifications. Ninety-three percent provide full or partial support to maintain credentials. Executives reported bottom-line benefits from this incentive, with increased productivity (40%) and enhanced retention efforts (30%) topping the list. CFOs also said providing financial assistance for employees' professional development brings in additional revenue, contributes to succession planning and enhances information-sharing among colleagues.

CERIC announces call for presenters for Cannexus20 conference next year

April 24, 2019

CERIC invites individuals or organizations with an interest in presenting at Cannexus20 to submit a brief outline for consideration by June 7, 2019. Cannexus presenters are researchers and practitioners from universities, schools, community agencies, governments, private practices and corporations. They are professionals in career development and related fields who are forward-thinkers with fresh and impactful ideas and projects to share. Presentations are 30, 50/60 or 75 minutes in length. The 30-minute presentations are part of a Carousel. Carousel sessions are a great way to share knowledge in a less formal setting. Presenters speak for 30 minutes at an interactive round table, then delegates rotate to another table of their choice. Presenters deliver their 30-minute presentation twice within a 75-minute block. Carousels can accommodate up to 15 attendees per table. Click here for more information, including a list of areas of interest.

ONN releases new toolkits for their Decent Work for Women initiative

April 17, 2019

The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) has released two new toolkits in support of their Decent Work for Women initiative. The Gender Equity Allies and the Decent Work Allies Communications Toolkits cover statistics, resources and communications strategies to assist allies in amplifying the impact of this important project. Those interested in learning more about the Decent Work for Women initiative should check out the recent recorded webinar on this topic presented by ONN and CharityVillage.

Canada's Greenest Employers announced for 2019

April 15, 2019

Now in its 12th year, Canada's Greenest Employers is an editorial competition organized by the Canada's Top 100 Employers project. This special designation recognizes the employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations. These employers have developed exceptional sustainability initiatives – and are attracting people to their organizations because of their environmental leadership. Each employer is evaluated by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers in terms of: (1) the unique environmental initiatives and programs they have developed; (2) the extent to which they have been successful in reducing the organization's own environmental footprint; (3) the degree to which their employees are involved in these programs and whether they contribute any unique skills; and (4) the extent to which these initiatives have become linked to the employer's public identity, attracting new employees and clients to the organization. Congratulations to the charities and nonprofit organizations included on this year's list!

ONN partners with DonorPerfect Canada to share Nonprofit Leadership Workbook for Women

April 9, 2019

The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) has partnered with DonorPerfect Canada to share the Nonprofit Leadership Workbook for Women as one example of a resource for women working in the nonprofit sector that contributes to the decent work movement. Get tried-and-true advice, best practices, and valuable exercises to equip and inspire you to pursue leadership positions within your organization.This workbook was made possible by women leaders in the nonprofit community. These women are living proof that the current gender gap in nonprofit leadership can change to reflect the diversity and inclusivity that organizations champion every day. Topics covered in the workbook include: 3 Goals for Aspiring Leaders; Develop Your Skill Set; Build Your Brand; Adopt a Mentor; Establish Your Network; Collaborate and Shine; Make the Ask.

New research suggests flexible working is now expected by Canadians

March 26, 2019

A new global study suggests there has been a power shift towards the employee. In many sectors, companies are no longer dictating what the regular work day looks like, instead the employees—the new so-called 'Generation Flex'—are calling the shots about when, where and how they want to work. Research conducted by IWG shows that 85% of Canadian respondents would choose a job that offered flexible working over a job that didn't. Additionally, more than half (54%) say having a choice of work location is more important than working for a prestigious company and almost a third (28%) would prefer to choose their work location over an increase in vacation time. In light of these findings, it's no surprise that 77% of Canadian respondents believe flexible working has become the new normal. As a result, in the past ten years, 69% of surveyed Canadian business people say their companies have introduced a flexible workspace policy.

Despite the fact that the majority of Canadian businesses have a flexible workplace policy, there's one overriding factor standing in the way of companies fully adopting the changes: corporate culture. Sixty percent of Canadians surveyed say that organizational culture is the main barrier to implementing flexible work, particularly for businesses that have a long-standing, non-flexible working approach. Almost half of Canadian respondents believe businesses fear the idea of embracing flexible working (45%) and many believe there is a lack of understanding about the benefits of flexible working (42%).

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