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Newly released Canadian data confirms employee volunteer programs help attract and retain talent

June 27, 2017

According to a study by Volunteer Canada and Investors Group, 68% of Canadians polled by IPSOS Public Affairs said that, given the choice, they would choose a job with a company that has a strong volunteering culture over one that does not. Further, Canadians are looking to their employer to help them volunteer: 60% of Canadians would volunteer more if it was organized by an employer.

However, simply offering employees time off to volunteer for a nonprofit organization may not be enough. The poll also showed Canadians are involved in a wide range of activities that improve their community such as donating used clothing or raising awareness of an issue through social media. Volunteer Canada believes this points to a need for companies to reconsider traditional employee community engagement program parameters and expand their definition of what constitutes volunteering.



Canadian organizations' rewards and recognition programs don't match millennial workforce realities

June 22, 2017

Long-service recognition is the most prevalent type of rewards and recognition program in place in Canadian organizations. However, a new Conference Board of Canada study suggests that these programs may not appeal to younger generations who typically have shorter tenures. Previous research by the Conference Board has indicated that millennials could have an average of five different employers over a 10-year span. Given this, most millennials would not be at an organization long enough to be eligible for most long-service recognition. This may explain why only 37% of responding organizations agreed that their rewards programs consider the multiple generations in the workforce.

Almost 90% of responding organizations have some type of formal rewards and recognition program in place. In 2016, Canadian organizations spent, on average, $139 per full-time employee (FTE) on rewards and recognition. These programs are more prevalent in the public sector compared to the private sector, however spending on rewards and recognition in the private sector ($161 per FTE) is also almost double that in the public sector ($84 per FTE).

Among these organizations, long-service recognition is the most common at 96%, followed by retirement recognition at 64%. Performance-based rewards and recognition programs, which includes manager-to-employee, peer-to-peer, and corporate recognition are also prevalent. The most common rewards provided as part of peer-to-peer recognition programs are non-monetary such as e-cards or handwritten notes. In fact, just over one-third (37%) of organizations report this is the only type of reward given in their peer-to-peer program.



Nonprofit organizations organizations recognized with inaugural Employee Recommended Workplace Award

June 22, 2017

The winners of the first Employee Recommended Workplace Award were announced today. The Employee Recommended Workplace Award recognizes excellence in achieving a healthy, engaged and productive workforce. Employees were asked to complete a short confidential survey that includes questions about their physical and mental health, as well as aspects of their work and life – all elements of Total Health that impact employee engagement and productivity. On completion, they received a personal assessment that identified potential areas for improvement and provided them with resources to help them take action. Organizations received a summary report of their workforce that highlighted positive results and outlined opportunities for improvement, which they could use for Human Resources planning. CharityVillage would like to congratulate New Brunswick Association for Community Living, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and Cégep Garneau for winning the not-for-profit or government categories.

Enrolment for the 2018 Employee Recommended Workplace Award program is now live. For more information on the Employee Recommended Workplace Awards and to register online, please visit employeerecommended.com/register.



Casual dress codes can cause confusion, survey finds

June 19, 2017

Casual dress codes may cause clothing confusion for many professionals, new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam shows. Although 63% of Canadian workers surveyed said they prefer to wear more relaxed work attire, more than a quarter (28%) admitted they're at least sometimes unsure about whether clothing is office-appropriate. Nearly four in ten (39%) would choose to eliminate uncertainty altogether by donning a uniform.

Additional findings include:

  • Those ages 18 to 34 (45%) have the greatest preference for formal dress codes. They’re also most commonly unsure if their clothing is appropriate (36%) and the age group with the largest number of respondents interested in wearing a uniform (33%).
  • More men (49%) prefer formal attire than women (25%).
  • Most employees (77%) reported they like casual dress codes because they can wear more comfortable clothing.
  • About two in five respondents (39%) said their company policy isn’t always clear about what attire is acceptable.



Less than a third of Canadians feel confident asking for a raise

June 15, 2017

Public speaking has long been thought of as a recipe for anxiety, but it's a one-on-one conversation that makes workers feel even less sure of themselves: asking the boss for a raise. According to a new study from Robert Half, over a quarter of Canadian professionals (28%) feel confident when asking for a pay increase, compared to 48% who feel self-assured when public speaking. The discomfort around these conversations is further reflected in the percentage of survey respondents who – rather than ask for a raise – would prefer to clean their house (39%), look for a new job (10%), get a root canal (3%), or be audited by the CRA (3%). The insecurity around asking for a raise is not new but has changed slightly over time, according to the three-year study: Last year, 31% of professionals felt confident when asking for a raise; in 2015, the percentage was 35%.



Survey shows managers are leading the way in work-life balance

June 13, 2017

Workers' ability to juggle the demands of the office and home is on the upswing, with those in charge greatly aiding the cause, new research suggests. In a Robert Half Management Resources survey, the more than one-third of Canadian professionals (37%) said their work-life balance has improved from three years ago. Nearly nine in 10 respondents (87%) reported their manager is somewhat or very supportive of their efforts to achieve this balance, and 64% said their boss sets a good or even excellent example.



Survey identifies most telling body language in job interviews

June 6, 2017

When it comes to landing a job, what you say to a prospective employer may sometimes be less important than how you say it. In a recent survey by staffing firm OfficeTeam, senior managers said 17% of candidates display negative body language during interviews. Respondents identified eye contact as the most telling nonverbal cue when meeting with applicants, rating it a 4.41 on a scale of one to five (with five indicating the highest significance). This was followed by both posture and handshake, which tied at 4.26. Rounding out the list were hand gestures (4.15), facial expressions (4.14) and fidgeting/habitual movements (4.09).



A third of Canadian employees check in with the office while on vacation

May 24, 2017

Are vacations where people completely disconnect from the office a thing of the past? Research shows "workations" may continue to be common for some professionals today. In a recent survey from staffing firm Accountemps, 33% of Canadian workers said they typically check in with the office at least once or twice a week during their vacation, not changing significantly from 36% one year ago. On the bright side, those who do connect with the office do so fewer times during their break: six percent of workers touch base at least once or twice a day, compared to 10% in 2016. Their reasons for checking in include gaining peace of mind that things were under control (55%), keeping projects moving along (51%), avoiding coming back to extra work (47%) and preventing colleagues from feeling undue stress (25%).



Canadians increasingly eating lunch by themselves, at their desks

May 24, 2017

A new Dalhousie study found that eating lunch at one’s desk seems to be widespread across Canada. Almost 50% of consumers in the Atlantic region eat lunch at their desk, a figure higher than any other region in Canada. Most Canadians also eat lunch alone. The percentages of consumers in Ontario, the Prairies, and the Atlantic region who eat lunch alone are higher than the Canadian average while, in Quebec, only 36% eat lunch alone. Researchers discovered that many consumers are inclined to eat out more often, and will continue to do so. Among single people, 42% anticipate eating lunch on-the-go or at a restaurant more often in the next year



Survey finds employees want flexible schedules this summer

May 23, 2017

What are the hottest summer perks? Workers surveyed by OfficeTeam said they're most interested in flexible schedules (46%), but only 27% of Canadian human resources (HR) managers reported their organization offers them at this time of year. Additionally, 25% of employees surveyed would like the option to leave early on Fridays, 10% would appreciate a more relaxed dress code, and 8% would enjoy company events such as potlucks or picnics. Unexpected absences (28%) and being overly distracted or checked out at work (20%) were identified by employers as the most common negative employee behaviours this time of year, ahead of dressing too casually (18%), not planning well for vacations (17%) and sneaking in late or leaving early (14%).



Ontario releases the Changing Workplaces Review final report and summary

May 23, 2017

The Special Advisors to the Changing Workplaces Review (Ontario) have released a 419-page Final Report. A Summary Report has also been issued. The Report, which proposes amendments to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 and Labour Relations Act, 1995, contains 173 recommendations. In 2015 Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn initiated the Changing Workplaces Review by appointing C. Michael Mitchell and John C. Murray as Special Advisors to lead the largest review of Ontario's labour laws conducted within decades and report back to the Minister. The review was to consider issues brought about in part by the growth of precarious employment. The Review’s first phase of public consultation involved 12 sessions held across Ontario that heard over 200 presentations and received over 300 written submissions. A summary of the final report can also be found here.



University of Fredericton launches online course to enhance resiliency, help students cope with stress

May 17, 2017

According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, more than a quarter of Canadians perceive work-related stress to be high. When demands on individuals exceed their personal resources, they become more susceptible to the negative impacts of stress, and it can severely inhibit performance. To address the growing need for skills and strategies that help individuals to better manage stress, the University of Fredericton is pleased to be launching a new, fully online course called Enhancing Workplace Resiliency. Designed by Dr. Joti Samra and Dr. Rakesh Jetly, the Enhancing Workplace Resiliency course will help students to learn effective coping mechanisms and strategies that lead to more productive, healthier, and well-balanced lives, both inside and outside of the workplace.



National Aboriginal Day becomes a statutory holiday in Yukon

May 11, 2017

The Government of Yukon’s Bill 2 to amend the Employment Standards Act was passed after third reading of the National Aboriginal Day Act and assented to by the Commissioner of Yukon Doug Phillips. The legislation creates National Aboriginal Day as an annual statutory holiday in Yukon beginning on June 21, 2017. “The Government of Yukon firmly believes that recognizing National Aboriginal Day as a statutory holiday is a progressive step in our territory. By creating a statutory holiday on June 21, we are enabling all Yukoners to celebrate Indigenous peoples’ history, culture, traditions and continuing contributions across Canada and here at home. This is key to a modern Yukon that can build on its strengths of diversity and inclusivity," says John Streicker, Minister of Community Services.



CharityVillage and TalentEgg acquire BMeaningful

May 9, 2017

CharityVillage, the largest and most popular job board in Canada’s nonprofit sector, and TalentEgg, Canada’s leading job board and online resource for students and new grads, announce Bmeaningful, Canada’s leading social impact career site has joined their family of online companies. Together, the family of companies will provide greater support, value and reach to its users and clients and are committed to helping people with their careers find purposeful work.

“Bmeaningful’s focus on social impact- including corporate social responsibility (CSR), social good and nonprofit – and their belief that there’s more to a job than making money are values that are aligned with CharityVillage and TalentEgg” says Wayne Albo, Chairman of CharityVillage and TalentEgg.

Doing well by doing good is fast becoming a business and financial imperative. In addition to the more than 170,000 charitable and non-profit Canadian organizations, there is also a movement within the for-profit sector to find ‘a better way to do business,’ with more corporations putting a higher priority on CSR. Additionally, many startups are structuring themselves as social purpose businesses- working towards social and financial goals. “The addition of Bmeaningful helps broaden our reach to the socially conscious professional and provides a platform to showcase for-profit companies commitment to social issues” says Geoff Earle, Chief Operating Officer at CharityVillage.



Salary and benefits, good work-life balance are what employees want, according to research

April 27, 2017

Randstad Canada revealed today the results of its Employer Brand Research 2017 (previously known as the Randstad Award). According to the research, employees' expectations are not always met. Employees identified money, work-life balance, job security and pleasant work atmosphere as what attracts them most to an employer. When choosing an employer, competitive salary & employee benefits (64%) tops the list as the most important factor for Canadian workers. Canadians also value good work-life balance (50%), long-term job security (49%), a pleasant working atmosphere (44%) and career progression opportunities (33%).



Free webinar offers practical steps to address workplace mental health

April 26, 2017

Organizations are planning their activities and programs for North American Occupational Health and Safety (NAOSH) Week that runs from May 7 to 13. As part of their NAOSH program, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) will be hosting a free, live webinar that provides a practical approach to addressing mental health in the workplace. The live webinar, Steps to a Mentally Healthy Workplace, will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. EDT. This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the tools and resources an organization needs to create and implement a comprehensive healthy workplace program. A recorded session of the webinar will be made available after the live event, and can be watched on-demand. More information on how to register is available on the CCOHS website.



Winners of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2017 are announced

April 25, 2017

Canada's Greenest Employers is an editorial competition that recognizes the employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness. The winning employers, selected by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers, are evaluated on the following criteria: (1) unique environmental initiatives or programs they have developed; (2) whether they have been successful in reducing their own environmental footprint; (3) whether their employees are involved in these programs and contribute unique skills; and (4) whether their environmental initiatives have become linked to the employer's public identity to attract new people to the organization. CharityVillage would like to congratulate the charities and nonprofit organizations included on this year's list!



Alternative work arrangements becoming the new normal, research suggests

April 18, 2017

Is your office becoming a ghost town? Many work environments may be less crowded, new research from staffing firm The Creative Group suggests. More than three-quarters (76%) of advertising and marketing executives surveyed said their company offers some form of alternative work arrangement. The most common is part-time hours, provided by roughly six in 10 employers (61%). Flextime and telecommuting are available to another 33% and 30% of professionals, respectively. The research shows that employees who work remotely do so an average of three days a week. But advertising and marketing executives who are able to telecommute typically spend only one day a week off-site. Executives ranked part-time hours, flextime and telecommuting as the most important alternative work arrangements for recruiting and retaining creative professionals. But what do employees want? When asked which option they find most appealing, the top response was flextime (37%), followed by telecommuting and a compressed workweek (tied at 26%).



Canadian HR Awards now accepting 2017 nominations

April 6, 2017

The search for Canada’s most innovative HR professionals has begun once again as nominations for the 2017 Canadian HR Awards officially open today. The Canadian HR Awards brings together industry leaders to celebrate excellence in the HR profession, recognizing individuals, teams and companies for their outstanding achievements in people management. This year, twenty awards will be given out individuals, teams, and entire organizations that have demonstrated excellence within a specific HR discipline. The nomination deadline is July 7, 2017.



Winners of Canada's Best Diversity Employers are announced for 2017

March 28, 2017

Now in its 10th year, the Canada's Best Diversity Employers competition recognizes the nation's leaders in creating inclusive workplaces for employees from five diverse groups: women; visible minorities; persons with disabilities; Aboriginal peoples; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) peoples. The annual competition is open to any employer with its head office or principal place of business in Canada. Employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector. CharityVillage congratulates the nonprofit and charitable organizations who were recognized on the 2017 list!



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