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New 2017 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Report reveals compensation details

January 19, 2017

Compensation at nonprofits across the country continues to rise slowly for some nonprofit professionals, according to the new 2017 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Report, published by CharityVillage. To better understand nonprofit compensation, we surveyed more than 1,600 participants who represented more than 14,000 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.



Three-in-ten Canadians say they’ve been sexually harassed at work

January 18, 2017

Three-in-ten Canadians (28%) say they have been on the receiving end of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, or sexually-charged talk while on the job. And for one-in-seven adults in this country, the experience has been more intense than innuendo or talk: 14% tell the Angus Reid Institute (ARI) they have experienced anything from sexual touching to more serious unwanted sexual contact in their working lives. The results show that while both genders identified experiences of harassment, women are – unsurprisingly – almost four times as likely to have been harassed as men. For one-in-four of those who told the Angus Reid Institute they’ve been sexually harassed at work, the experiences are recent; occurring within the last 24 months. Based on employment statistics, a rough approximation would mean this represents more than one million working Canadians, most of them women. Av ast majority – four-in-five – who say they had these unwanted experiences never actually reported the behavior to their own employers.



Nominations now open for the 2017 Champions of Mental Health Awards

January 10, 2017

Today, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) opens nominations for the Champions of Mental Health Awards. The Champions Awards is an annual event devoted to recognizing outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions to the mental health sphere in their communities and across the country. A variety of award categories are available. CAMIMH encourages Canadians to nominate their peers by completing the short online nomination form. Submissions will be accepted until February 24th, 2017 and the awards will be held on May 3rd, 2017 at the Shaw Convention Centre in Ottawa.



New survey shows sloppy work considered the most annoying behaviour by co-workers

January 10, 2017

Want to get on your manager's good side? Don't let the details slide. In a new survey by staffing firm Accountemps, more than two in five (41%) of Canadian CFOs cited lacking attention to detail or sloppy work as the most annoying behaviour by coworkers. For 27% of respondents, gossiping or engaging in office politics was their biggest pet peeve, marking a slight increase from a similar survey in 2011. Other popular answers included missing deadlines (16%) and being perpetually late (13%).



Winners of the 2017 "Canada's Top Employers for Young People" competition are announced

January 10, 2017

It's not difficult to spot the organizations that will lead their industries through periods of rapid technological innovation and changing business models. A good place to start is with the employers that go out of their way to make their workplaces attractive for younger employees to begin their careers. The best of these organizations were recognized this morning, as the winners of the 2017 Canada's Top Employers for Young People competition were announced. Now in its 15th consecutive year, Canada's Top Employers for Young People is an editorial competition that recognizes the employers that offer the nation's best workplaces and programs for young people at the beginning of their careers. The winning employers lead the nation in attracting and retaining younger employees to their organizations. CharityVillage would like to congratulate the nonprofits and charities that were included in this year's list! To view the full list of 2017 winners, click here.



Nearly one in three Canadians are distracted at work due to financial health

January 5, 2017

Nearly one in three (29%) Canadians agree (8% significantly/21% somewhat) that over the past 12 months, they have been distracted while at work due to having issues related to their financial health, according to a new Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Sun Life Financial. Conversely, seven in ten (71%) Canadians disagree that they have become distracted while at work as a result of having financial health issues. According to the results of the study, the high level of stress Canadians are feeling appear to be driven by their current financial struggles. When asked what factors cause an uncomfortable level of stress, the top three of four responses were all associated with financial challenges, with the third relating to health concerns. Nearly half (45%) of Canadians say personal or household finances causes them to experience an uncomfortable level of stress. Meanwhile, one in three (32%) say it is trying to maintain a budget, and a further three in ten (31%) say it is those unexpected expenses that cause them such grief.



Two-in-three Canadian workers want to make a significant change in their careers

January 5, 2017

For many Canadian workers, it appears that the grass is always greener at somebody else’s job. While three-quarters of working Canadians say they are satisfied with their current careers overall, almost two-thirds say they’re interested in making a significant career change – pushing for a promotion, a new employer, or a new career entirely. These are some of the findings of a public opinion poll of more than 4,500 Canadian adults, including more than 2,500 workers, conducted in three waves by the Angus Reid Institute. Key findings include:

  • Most Canadian workers are satisfied with a variety of aspects of their careers, from opportunities for advancement (60% satisfied) to the type of work they are doing (80%).
  • More than half (54%) identify “pay and benefits” as one of the most important factors in their job satisfaction, but fewer are satisfied with this than with other facets of their work.
  • Almost two-in-three Canadian workers (63%) say they would be interested in making a significant change in their careers, but 43% say “a change would be nice, but I wouldn’t know how to make it happen”.

Most Canadian workers express satisfaction with their careers, but some are more satisfied than others. Asked about their current employment situation overall, three-in-four workers (74%) say they are “satisfied” though most leave room for improvement. Only one-in-five (20%) say they are “very satisfied".



Half of workers in Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area have experienced a mental health issue

January 5, 2017

Original research from CivicAction, with partners CANCEA and Morneau Shepell, reveals that half of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) workforce has experienced a mental health issue, adding up to more than 1.5 million impacted people. Over the next 10 years, current mental health issues in the GTHA labour force could result in almost $17 billion in lost productivity. Research shows that people are experiencing a broad spectrum of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, bipolar, and substance use disorder. Additionally, 27% of employees report significant stress symptoms – a risk factor for mental health issues - 67% of those who report struggling with stress symptoms say it impacts their work. For those with existing mental health issues, 82% say it impacts their work. For more information and to view the full report, click here.



Pre-order the 2017 Nonprofit Salary & Benefits Report at a discounted rate

December 14, 2016

The CharityVillage Nonprofit Salary & Benefits Report is the largest of its kind across Canada and provides a detailed picture of salary and benefits packages throughout the nonprofit sector. We're excited to announce the release of a brand new, fully updated report coming in January 2017! For a limited time only, you can pre-order the 2017 report at a discounted price of $98. When you pre-order, you will also receive immediate access to the current 2013 report. The report covers key metrics relating to:

  • Annual cash compensation
  • Regional cash compensation differences
  • Cash compensation by organizational type, size and focus
  • Compensation by profession

Organizations can gain an edge on recruitment by discovering what other organizations are offering in performance incentives and benefit plans, while job seekers can use the report to research regional compensation packages to confidently set salary expectations and negotiate more effectively with employers. Click here to pre-order today.

We'd also like to thank everyone who participated in the survey - without your participation, this report wouldn't be possible! Congratulations to Andrea Adams at St. Clare's Multifaith Housing Society and Katharine Carol from the Vancouver International Children's Festival for winning the iPad Minis and Carrie Innes Olah who won the $1,000 donation to her organization, Langs.



Xlerate Day: The first-ever Canadian conference dedicated to integrated fundraising for nonprofits and charities

December 14, 2016

Join Xlerate Day on January 26th in Ottawa, ON for a conference experience unlike the rest - the first-ever Canadian conference dedicated to integrated fundraising, marketing and campaigning for nonprofits and charities. Xlerate features 4 session tracks: Leadership, Tactical, Data and Campaigning – You can spend your time in one or float to many for a well-rounded integrated marketing educational experience. Use the code JOINUS to save $50 when you register before December 23, 2016. Click here to register today.



Working parents desire flexible hours, telecommuting options from their employers

December 14, 2016

Many Canadian companies are taking steps toward becoming more family-friendly, according to new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam. More than three in five (62%) of human resources (HR) managers interviewed said their organization has made policy changes to better accommodate working parents in the past five years. When employees were asked which family-friendly perk would have the greatest impact on their decision to join a company, the clear winner was flexible hours (69%). Sixty-seven percent of HR managers said their organization provides this option. Also popular with employees were telecommuting (20%) and maternity/paternity policies (6%).



Canadian employees look to snacks to get them through their afternoon crash

December 6, 2016

From wanting to take a nap under their desks to going for a walk, there are many things Canadians wish they could do to get them through the afternoon crash. The average time Canadians experience the afternoon crash is 2:30 p.m. according to a recent survey conducted by Vector Poll™. The survey found that of the 85% of Canadians who experience an afternoon crash, it happens at least once a week and 53% of respondents stated they feel tired, sluggish and craving a treat during this time. The afternoon crash is a real concern for many people, with many respondents feeling sleepy (62%), having low energy (59%) and being less productive (44%) along with irritability and being stressed. To combat these feelings in an ideal world, most people would take a nap (57%) but more realistically, 30% choose to have a snack. Of those that say they would reach for a snack, 70% said the benefit is to feel more energetic. Satisfying hunger or cravings (55%) and having something to hold them over (62%) were also strong motivations.



Federal workplace survey seeks insights to inspire positive change

November 30, 2016

What are the top barriers and issues affecting the health and safety of workplaces in Canada, and what can we do about them? The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is inviting workers and employers to take part in an online survey that continues the conversation sparked at CCOHS’ Forum 2016: The Changing World of Work, held earlier this year. CCOHS’ Forum 2016 brought together subject experts, workers, employers and governments from across the country and beyond, to explore the challenges arising from shifting demographics, climate change, mental health, workplace culture, emotional intelligence, and more. Now CCOHS is inviting the public to take part in the survey and add their voices and perspectives on what they experience in their own workplaces. The results of the survey will be consolidated into a report that shares and compares the feedback from the Forum, and will be available in early 2017. It is hoped that the insights shared in the report will inspire positive change in the workplace. The survey will remain open until December 30, 2016 and can be accessed from the CCOHS website.



Failed hires a matter of mismatched skill set, survey says

November 28, 2016

Recent research from Robert Half Finance & Accounting reflects a continuing trend: Aside from poor performance, failed hires are a result of a mismatched skill set. Nearly half of CFOs interviewed (47%) responded this way, up 18 percentage points from a similar survey conducted five years ago. Another 29% of financial executives think unclear performance expectations is the top reason new employees don't work out. 



Canadian employees want flexible work schedules and generous vacation time

November 17, 2016

Are employers and workers on the same page about juggling personal and professional priorities? Apparently so. More than one-third of senior managers (34%) surveyed by staffing firm OfficeTeam said their company is very supportive of its employees' efforts to achieve work-life balance, and a similar number (30%) of staff agree. Which perks do employees value most? Flexible work schedules (42%) and generous vacation time or sabbaticals (21%) topped the list. This differed slightly from what staff said are the most common work-life benefits at their organizations: 46% noted their company offers paid parental leave, followed by 37% who reported having options for flexible schedules. When asked about health and wellness benefits, employees cited ergonomic evaluations and equipment, such as standing desks (26%), and access to fitness facilities or programs (25%), as the most valuable.



Mental health claim rates can be reduced with specific management practices: Salveo Study

November 16, 2016

Following five years of data analysis, the Salveo researchers have identified five management practices that can help companies lower mental health and disability claim rates in their organizations. These following practices can help prevent mental health issues, reduce claim costs and improve productivity in the workplace: 1) Job design based on employee skills and interests has a 87% probability of reducing claims; 2) work-life balance opportunities has a 77% probability of reducing claims; 3) employee recognition has a 74% probability of reducing claims; 4) promotion of physical activities has a 69% probability of reducing claims; and 5) implementing strategies to help employees maintain a reasonable workload has a 64% probability of reducing claims.

Since 2011, Professors Alain Marchand and Pierre Durand, co-leaders of the study at the Université de Montréal, with the participation of Université Laval and Concordia University, and in partnership with Manulife, have interviewed over 2,100 workers from 63 organizations of all sizes. They analyzed 63 management practices to identify risk factors triggering mental health disorders and provided employers with recommendations on management practices that could help reduce mental health claim rates.



New Canadian journalism award shines spotlight on workplace mental health

November 10, 2016

A new award has been created for journalists reporting on mental health issues in the workplace. The $1,000 prize is being offered by the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma, in connection with its widely-used journalist-to-journalist guide, Mindset: Reporting on Mental Health. The Mindset Award for Workplace Mental Health Reporting will be open to Canadian journalists or media organizations working in any medium, in English or French, the Forum announced today. Submissions must have received their first publication in Canada in the calendar year 2016, but self-published work is not eligible. The award, to be presented in April, 2017 at the national conference of the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) in Ottawa, is sponsored by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace. The award's rules define "work" and "workplace" broadly, to capture volunteer as well as paid work and include a wide variety of places in which work is carried out. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2017.



2017 winners of Canada's Top Employer Awards announced

November 7, 2016

The Canada's Top Employer Awards announced the 2017 winners, and several nonprofit organizations and public sector employers were included in the list. This year's competition saw a record number of employers take part in the Canada's Top 100 Employers competition, which saw more applicants from all regions of the country. Entering its 18th year, the Canada's Top 100 Employers competition is an editorial project that recognizes employers with exceptional human resources programs and forward-thinking workplace policies. Some of the nonprofit organizations on this year's list include:

  • Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto
  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC
  • The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Toronto International Film Festival Inc. / TIFF
  • University of New Brunswick / UNB
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Waterloo
  • World Vision Canada



Last chance to enter to win a $1,000 donation by completing the 2017 Nonprofit Sector Salary Survey

November 3, 2016

LAST CHANCE! CharityVillage's 2017 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary and Benefits Survey closes November 9th, which means you still have time to complete the survey and be entered to win an iPad Mini. Also, complete the survey and your organization will be entered into a draw to win a $1000 donation from CharityVillage! The Report (to be released in early 2017) that follows the Survey is the largest and most comprehensive Canadian report to provide a detailed picture of nonprofit sector salaries and benefits, which is vital for workforce planning in organizations from across the country. All participants will also be able to pre-purchase the report at a 50% discount.



Toronto Foundation’s Vital Ideas and Leadership grant stream now open for 2017

November 3, 2016

Vital Ideas & Leadership – an evolved and integrated grant stream – draws on components of Toronto Foundation’s Vital Ideas and Vital People grant streams to support high-impact initiatives in Toronto with a proven track record of success to achieve deeper impact and build capacity within the nonprofit sector. These one-year strategic $50,000 grants support organizations addressing quality of life issues in our city, as highlighted in Toronto’s Vital Signs Report. This funding opportunity will support new strategic activities that will increase the effectiveness and sustainability of an initiative and position it for deeper impact. For more information and to access the application form and guidelines click here. To register for an orientation session, RSVP here. The deadline to apply is December 14, 2016.



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