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Landsberg Award celebrates journalists giving greater profile to women's equality issues

February 23, 2015

Journalists giving greater profile to women's equality issues are encouraged to apply for The Landsberg Award, presented by The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) in association with the Canadian Women's Foundation. The deadline for submissions has been extended to March 8, 2015, 5:00 pm. Now in its second year, this award recognizes a working journalist (employed or freelance) doing exceptional research, analysis and writing through a gender lens about women's equality issues in Canada. The recipient will receive a $5,000 prize from the Canadian Women's Foundation. Journalists working in print, broadcast and online news reporting are eligible to apply. The award is named after Michele Landsberg — award-winning Canadian journalist, author, social activist and feminist — to acknowledge the tremendous impact she had as an advocate and role model for all women in Canada.



More companies offering employees the opportunity to work remotely

February 18, 2015

A growing number of professionals are heading to the office without ever leaving the house, a new Accountemps survey shows. More than one in ten (11%) of chief financial officers (CFOs) said the number of work-from-home and other remote working opportunities has increased in the last three years, while only 2% have seen a decline. Among companies offering remote work arrangements, higher morale and retention are the primary benefits, according to 34% of those polled. Another 14% said the best aspect of remote working capabilities is access to a broader talent pool.



Alberta nonprofits encouraged to apply for ATB Time to Think grant funding

February 18, 2015

In Alberta, as in the rest of Canada, nonprofits are re-thinking the way they operate to ensure that they are able to solve the province’s toughest social and environmental challenges over the long term. ATB Financial knows that time to learn, reflect, plan and strategize is very important if nonprofit organization are to develop innovative, long term, effective strategies in tandem with the very busy day-to-day work of meeting their missions. The goal of the ATB Time to Think grant is to give the staff, board and members of nonprofits in Alberta time to build new skills or develop new strategies that will help their organizations to change and improve. This one-time only grant is open to eligible nonprofit organizations, charitable organizations (including social enterprises operated by a charity or a nonprofit organization) or collectives. Your organization can apply for a Time to Think grant to support developing and, where possible, executing a plan, strategy or training opportunity that will help to strengthen your organization’s work. ATB will look for applications that demonstrate how your organization will use the grant to actively acquire new skills and information. To apply for ATB’s Time to Think grant you must submit your complete application by March 11, 2015 at 5pm to corporategiving@atb.com.



FREE WEBINAR: Finding Ease in Times of "Crazy Busy"

February 12, 2015

In the new paradigm of ‘busier-than-ever’ work (and life), we need to embrace new strategies to keep ourselves hearty, productive, resourceful and inspired. How can the ED protect and maximize their own professional mojo, best thinking and leadership ability? And how can they ensure the same for their staff? What should nonprofit professionals be on the lookout for? And how can they support others who may be experiencing overwhelm? CharityVillage invites you to a free webinar with presenter Eileen Chadnick where you'll learn practical tools to help answer these difficult questions.

Ideal for busy nonprofit professionals at any stage in their career who feel overwhelmed with their day-to-day workload, this webinar may be of particular interest to executive directors of small organizations.

Register now for this free session, taking place on March 5 at 1pm ET (10am PT). Don't think you'll be able to make the live event? Complete the registration and we'll send you a link to the recording afterwards.



Devon Canada's Investing in People grants now accepting applications for 2015

February 5, 2015

Devon Canada's Investing in People grant is intended to reflect strong commitment to the development of people and support for programs that create healthy and respectful workplaces. The grant encourages innovative projects and activities that help to build organizational, rather than individual capacity. The program is now accepting applications with the following eligibility requirements:

  • The maximum allowable grant to an organization is $5,000 in a calendar year
  • The grant may be used for organizational improvement projects for either employees and/or volunteers
  • Organizations are encouraged to think creatively and, if possible, collaboratively with other organizations
  • The program is intended to fund new capacity building initiatives and not yearly programming
  • The applicant organization must be a registered charity or nonprofit
  • Multi-year applications cannot be accepted
  • The organization must have an impact in one or more of the Canadian communities in which Devon operates including Bonnyville, Calgary, Edmonton, Lloydminster and Lac La Biche.

The deadline for applications is February 20, 2015.



Survey finds disconnect between employers and employees on work-life balance

February 5, 2015

WorkplaceTrends.com and CareerArc today announced the results of a new study entitled, 2015 Workplace Flexibility Study. The US study revealed that 67% of HR professionals think that their employees have a balanced work-life, yet almost half (45%) of employees (35% of job seekers) feel that they don’t have enough time each week to do personal activities. One in five employees surveyed spent over 20 hours working outside of the office on their personal time per week – a clear indicator of suboptimal work-life balance. Technology may be to blame for the amount of work performed outside of the office. The survey found that the majority of workers – 65% of employees (67% of job seekers) - say that their manager expects them to be reachable outside of the office, 9% by email (7% for job seekers at their previous job), 23% by phone (27% for job seekers) and 33% by email and phone (34% for job seekers). From the HR perspective, 64% expect their employees to be reachable outside of the office on their personal time, 18% by email, 3% by phone and 26% by both email and phone.



New study shows Canadians want more training in Internet technologies

February 4, 2015

Canadians want more training in Internet technologies to keep the country competitive, according to a new poll from .CA Community Investment Program and Ipsos Reid. The study points to a significant national consensus on the positive role that the Internet can have on Canada's economic and social well-being. Ninety percent of respondents pointed to the importance of supporting unemployed workers with training in new technology and 78% of respondents agree that Canadian workers overall would be more productive if they had more skills related to technology and the Internet. Additionally, 82% of respondents agree that all young people should graduate from high school with basic skills to help them succeed in the digital economy, such as computer coding skills.



Got a messy office? Enter the Messiest Office Contest for a chance to win a free office makeover

February 2, 2015

Calling all office hoarders! Staples Advantage Canada today announced its 3rd annual Messiest Office Contest, with a chance to win an office makeover. Participants can submit pictures of their organizationally-challenged work environments through the Staples Advantage Canada website or Staples Advantage Canada Facebook page. The winner will receive an office makeover that includes new office furniture, ergonomic desk accessories and organizational products. The contest, which is open to anyone in Canada over the age of 21 who works in an office will run until February 27th, 2015.



Mental health continues to be a challenging workplace topic, new research shows

January 27, 2015

One in three (33%) Canadian employees say they are now suffering or have suffered from a mental health condition such as depression or an anxiety disorder. Another 27% say they are experiencing significant symptoms of stress. This is according to new research announced today by Morneau Shepell. The new national survey, which polled employees, employers and physicians across Canada, found that the majority (58%) of employees said their productivity has been negatively impacted by stress at work, while nearly half (45%) revealed that they have thought about leaving their job due to workplace stress and its impact on them. At the same time, almost one third (31%) of employees have taken time off work because of workplace stress and one quarter (25%) indicate they have become ill in the last six months due to workplace related stress.

According to the survey, employees believe overwhelmingly that a psychologically healthy workplace is a productive one, with 90% of employees indicating that managing employee mental wellness is important for employee productivity. Furthermore, the vast majority (83%) believe that stress itself is not universally negative, asserting that workplace stress can be positive or negative depending on how the workplace supports and responds to the employee. Yet despite growing awareness about the importance of workplace mental health, only 56% of employees believe their organization supports mental wellness on the job.



Survey highlights ongoing workplace stigma related to mental health problems

January 26, 2015

Although nearly four in 10 workers wouldn't tell their manager if they had a mental health problem, half said that if they knew about a coworker's illness, they would desire to help, a new survey by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) shows. The survey, headed by CAMH Senior Scientist Dr. Carolyn Dewa, reveals that workers have both negative and supportive attitudes about mental health in the workplace. The study was published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

In the survey of 2,219 working adults in Ontario, two key questions were asked: First, would you inform your manager if you had a mental health problem? And second, if a colleague had a mental health problem, would you be concerned about how work would be affected? Researchers then probed more deeply depending on the answers.

Among the 38% who would not tell their manager, more than half were afraid that it would affect their careers. Other reasons for not disclosing were the bad experiences of others who came forward, fear of losing friends, or a combination of these reasons. Three in 10 people said they wouldn't tell because it wouldn't affect their work. A positive relationship with their manager was the key reason given by those who would reveal that they had a mental health problem. Supportive organizational policies were another factor influencing the decision to come forward, which was cited by half of those who would disclose.

Some findings in the current survey underscore why people may be reluctant to reveal a mental health problem at work. When asked if they'd be concerned if a worker had a mental illness, 64% said yes. More than four in 10 also indicated concerns about both reliability and safety.



Millennials attracted to organizations with sense of purpose & strategic leadership: Survey

January 20, 2015

Deloitte Global surveyed tomorrow’s leaders, from 29 countries, on effective leadership, how business operates and impacts society, finding that Millennials overwhelmingly believe (75%) businesses are focused on their own agenda rather than helping to improve society. Other key findings in the study include:

  • For six in 10 Millennials, a “sense of purpose,” is part of the reason they chose to work for their current employers.
  • Millennial men were somewhat more likely to say they would like to secure the ‘top job’ within their organization than women (59% vs. 47%). Women were also less likely to rank their leadership skills at graduation as strong; 27% of men vs. 21% of women rated this skill as strong.
  • Today’s Millennials place less value on visible (19%), well-networked (17%), and technically-skilled (17%) leaders. Instead, they define true leaders as strategic thinkers (39%), inspirational (37%), personable (34%) and visionary (31%).



What does a messy desk say about you as an employee?

January 20, 2015

Having a cluttered desk may not be a bad thing, a new survey from OfficeTeam suggests. Two-thirds (66%) of human resources (HR) managers interviewed felt it's at least somewhat acceptable to have a messy desk at work. In fact, 13% even said it's a sign of a creative person. However, nearly one-third (31%) stated they would question an employee's organizational skills and effectiveness if that person had an unkempt workspace.



Nearly half of employees would continue to work despite a financial windfall, survey finds

January 15, 2015

The saying "money isn't everything" just may hold true, suggests a recent Accountemps survey. Nearly half (47%) of employees interviewed said they would continue to work in some capacity if they were to receive a financial windfall; 26% of this group would choose to stay in their current jobs. In the survey, Workers were asked, "If you were to suddenly strike it rich, which of the following best captures your attitude about work?"



Job hopping is losing its stigma, survey finds

December 18, 2014

Job hopping may be losing its bad reputation, at least among the youngest generation of Canadian professionals, a new Accountemps survey suggests. Fifty-three percent of employees between the ages of 18 and 34 said changing jobs every few years can actually help their career, compared to 40% of professionals between the ages of 35 and 54 and 25% of those age 55 or older. There were also differences by gender, with 54% of men and 31% of women reporting that job hopping is beneficial.



Albert Ecotrust accepting applications to 2015 Network Weaving Coaching program

December 9, 2014

Alberta Ecotrust is embarking on an exciting new journey – Network Weaving Coaching in Alberta’s environmental sector. They will select a maximum of ten individual applicants to take part in the Network Weaving Coaching sessions, taking place between January and March, 2015. Participants will take part in eight 90 minute coaching sessions over 3 months. Network Weaving Coaching participants will learn how / develop their skills to:

  • Strategically connect with people who focus on and care about the environment
  • Give and take feedback, share experiences and ideas for transformative change
  • Work together in news way, through experimentation
  • Build more effective and innovative “intentional” networks that bring together diverse perspectives
  • Generate action that leads to breakthroughs in the environmental sector

The ideal candidate for Network Weaving Coaching has the following qualities: you are an active listener who is comfortable giving and receiving feedback, you take interest in what interests other people, and you think with the “big picture” in mind. The coaching is beneficial to people who are beginning to develop their network, as well as those in well-established networks. There is no cost to take part, but you must have the consent of your organization to commit the time required for this training. It is mandatory to attend all sessions, and complete assignments and self-directed practice activities. The deadline to apply is December 18, 2014.



Survey reveals Americans aren't in the giving spirit in the workplace this holiday season

December 8, 2014

American workers have made their lists and checked them twice, and one group of people who didn't make the cut for gifts this year is workplace colleagues. According to national staffing company Spherion's WorkSphere survey, conducted online by Harris Poll among more than 873 U.S. adults employed full/part-time in November, a majority of American workers don't plan to give gifts to their co-workers (56%), boss (59%) or other colleagues (61%). Nearly half of workers who aren't planning to buy gifts for anyone at work for reasons other than money (43%) don't want to because they feel they would have to buy something for everyone and they consider that to be "too much." More than a quarter of these workers (28%) say they don't know their co-workers well enough to buy them gifts. And, about one-in-four (23%) report they don't plan to buy gifts for others because they don't want to appear as though they are trying to gain favouritism.



The costliest part of a bad hire isn't what you think

December 4, 2014

As expensive as it is to replace a bad hire, the money isn't what concerns employers most. In a Robert Half survey, chief financial officers (CFOs) said the single greatest impact of a poor hiring decision is lower staff morale (39%), followed closely by lost productivity (34%). Monetary costs came in third, garnering 25 percent of the response.



New poll finds narrow majority of Americans see work/life balance as attainable

November 17, 2014

The 21st Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll, which explores what Americans believe is necessary to balance their obligations at work, at home and in their neighborhoods and what they think could help them do better, found that a narrow majority of Americans (54%) believe that "most people can succeed at work, make a good living, and contribute to their family and their community, if they manage their time well and set the right priorities." Some groups are especially positive with younger adults demonstrating significant optimism compared to the wider public: About one-third (36%) of 18 to 33-year-olds in the poll feel that balancing a successful career with family and civic commitments is unattainable in today's economy, while 59%, said that people can succeed in all three facets of modern life. Perhaps less surprising, 61% of men said work/life balance is attainable, compared to 48% of women with similar splits recorded among fathers and mothers.

In line with previous Heartland Monitor polls, respondents to the survey also expressed belief in personal or individual responsibility when it comes to making life better. Sixty percent said that "more Americans taking responsibility to work hard, improve their skills and education and provide for their families" would make life a lot better. With regard to civic and community activity, two-thirds of survey participants called for greater contributions of time and money to charity and community groups. Specifically, 36% said that volunteering and donation to nonprofits from other citizens would make life a lot better, and a further 33% said such actions would make life somewhat better.



Survey finds office holiday party still a hit with employees

November 12, 2014

How do workers like to celebrate the holidays with colleagues? A new survey from OfficeTeam shows the traditional office party tops most employees' wish lists. More than half (52%) of workers interviewed said their favourite work-related holiday celebration is a company party. On the flip side, the survey found that some workers (22%) prefer not to celebrate the holidays at work. Employees also get into a "Bah, humbug!" mood over boring activities (24%) and the pressure to attend (21%) – which were identified as the most disliked aspect of the office holiday party.



New online career development quiz launched by Canadian Council for Career Development

November 3, 2014

Today, the Canadian Council for Career Development (CCCD) launched its first online career service tool, the Career Development Challenge. This launch comes during Canadian Career Week, a time when Canadians are exploring options for developing their careers. This Challenge is an engaging and informative, interactive quiz that explores the user's career competence and motivation. A free tool that anyone can use to learn more about their personal skill and will as they relate to personal Career Development, the Challenge takes only five to ten minutes to do and upon completion, will deliver personalized feedback and resources to learn more about different career paths, services and provide tips for career exploration.



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