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New report identifies gaps in employee workplace health benefits

October 29, 2013

Young workers and seniors are the most impacted when they need time off work due to an illness or disability - because less than half are covered by employer sick leave and disability leave plans. Gaps in employer programs to address mental health issues and chronic disease are also identified in a new Conference Board of Canada report, issued today. Only a third of 18-24 year olds in the workforce (34%) have any paid sick days or short-term disability coverage and only a quarter (26%) have coverage in the event of a long-term disability. Less than half of individuals in the workforce over the age of 65 have paid sick days or short-term disability leave, and only 41% have long-term disability coverage.

Employees with mental health issues are also somewhat more vulnerable than those with physical health issues. More organizations offer supportive programs and services for physical health issues (61%) than mental health issues (53%). Slightly more than half of employees surveyed said that programs and services that support their physical health are helpful (52%); but fewer (40%) agreed that the mental health supports provided by their employer are useful.

CharityVillage's 2013 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Study provides more information on benefit programs in the Canadian nonprofit sector.



Volunteer Canada welcomes new president and CEO, Steven Tipman

October 29, 2013

Volunteer Canada’s board of directors is pleased to announce that they have appointed Steven Tipman to serve as Volunteer Canada’s president and CEO effective November 4th, 2013. Mr. Tipman is a Senior Executive with over 19 years of experience in developing and executing organizational strategic directions, in both the private and non-profit sectors. Most recently, he served as the Vice President of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications for CARE Canada. A pro-active and motivating leader, Mr. Tipman also has previous experience with Canadian Blood Services.



Poor communication leading cause of workplace morale: survey

October 22, 2013

Poor communication may do the greatest harm to Canadian workplace morale, suggests a new Accountemps survey. One-quarter (25%) of human resources (HR) managers interviewed said a breakdown in communication is at the heart of most morale problems; almost one in five (18%) survey respondents pointed to failure in recognizing employee achievements as the biggest factor and an equal number said micromanagement. Communication was also cited by 37% of HR managers as the most effective way to counter low employee morale.



Canada's female leaders acknowledge last taboos impacting workplace progress: study

October 15, 2013

A recent study among 501 female business leaders, conducted by Ipsos-Reid on behalf of Randstad Canada, suggests that many of the key inhibitors to breaking the glass ceiling are not easily identifiable factors that can be addressed by corporate policies or workplace procedures, because wider societal perceptions of women and the complexities of male and female interactions are at play. When asked if personal image, including appearance, can impact career progression, 90% of respondents said that they believe that overall image, including looks, have a substantial impact on a woman's career progression, while only 37% believe image can have the same effect on a man's career. Addressing another sensitive topic, the Randstad study also asked if having a male or female boss can affect career progression. Based on the responses, Canadian women are divided in their opinions, with half stating that the gender of a superior does not impact a woman's chance to obtain a managerial or executive position and half say that it does. Interestingly, those stating that gender plays a role feel that a female boss is more likely to inhibit their progression than a male superior.



Organizations wanted for a national study on psychological health in the workplace

October 7, 2013

Are you interested in implementing the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the workplace? Do you want to be part of a national project gathering evidence on how best to implement the Standard to have meaningful impact? The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is inviting 10-15 Canadian organizations to be the “early adopters” of the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace by engaging in a three-year case study project. They will follow case study organizations that are diverse in size (small, medium, large), sector (public, private), industry and geography for three years as they implement the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. The deadline for expressions of interest is October 21, 2013.



October is Canada's Healthy Workplace Month

October 2, 2013

'Healthy Minds at Work...the mental health connection' is this year's theme for Canada's Healthy Workplace Month®, highlighting the connection between mental health and overall health, well-being, and safety at work. Depression in the workplace can often go unnoticed, due to a lack of awareness and understanding of mental health. This can translate into a lack of support for the more than 22% of Canadian employees who report suffering depression. To encourage a holistic approach for achieving optimal health, CHWM helps organizers and staff to:

  • reduce stigma by changing how we talk and think about mental health.
  • understand what contributes to a psychologically healthy and safe workplace.
  • promote participation in educational and fun activities.



CCVO releases new report on state of nonprofit leadership in Alberta

September 26, 2013

The Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) has released a new report, Turning Point: Creating sustainable nonprofit leadership, that is the result of a multi-stage research project including a literature review and surveys of hundreds of existing and emerging leaders in Alberta’s nonprofit sector. The report summarizes the most critical steps that must be taken to address leadership in order to ensure effectiveness, resiliency and sustainability-creating quality service for all Albertans. Some key findings include:

  • Lack of sector-specific training creates a sense of unpreparedness, anxiety and burnout.
  • Only 1 in 5 emerging leaders describe the current state of nonprofit leadership positively.
  • More than 50% of undecided potential leaders cite work-life balance as an issue.
  • More than 45% of current executives cited funding as the greatest issue negatively affecting satisfaction with their position.
  • Emerging leaders indicate that only 30% of organizations provide structured mentorship or coaching opportunities.



Majority of Canadians go into the office when they are sick

September 24, 2013

Cold-and-flu season is notoriously unpredictable, but there's one thing you can count on: People will get sick. And when they do, many will bring their germs to work, putting others at risk. Why? They feel they're "essential" or have too much on their plates. A new survey found that 59% of people go to work when they're sick. Three in 10 said it was because they were too important to the business operation. Still, if you come into the office when you're sick, others may not appreciate it: 79% of those surveyed said they wash their hands after coming in contact with a sick colleague.



Women more likely to feel undervalued at work, according to study

September 17, 2013

A new survey released today by Randstad US, reveals that only 57% of women felt that their salary was adequate for their position/level of responsibility, compared to 65% of men. Adequate compensation may contribute to men feeling more optimistic advancing within their organization, reflected by the fact that 31% of men surveyed think they will get promoted by the end of the year, compared to only 24% of women. Additionally, 64% of men surveyed expect to grow their careers with their current employers compared with only 59% of women. If they were considering taking a position with a new company, 87% of women say that a company having a good reputation among its employees as a good place to work would be important to them, compared to 83% of men. Similarly, women were also more likely to say that the company's reputation in the community would also be important to them in a new employer (92% vs. 83% of men).



PwC now accepting submissions for Leadership Grants Program

September 16, 2013

As of today, the PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada Foundation is now accepting submissions for the Leadership Grants Program, which provides up to $225,000 in grants to small to medium-sized registered charities in Canada. The grants help to fund professional development opportunities for leaders in the charitable sector. Submissions for 2013 will be accepted from September 16, 2013 until October 25, 2013. Grants are made available in two categories:

  • Individual Leadership Grants (value $2,500) – to be used by individual staff members.
  • Team Leadership Grants (value $5,000) - to be used by teams of two or more staff members and/or volunteers (including the applicant).



Majority of Canadians willing to accept pay cut for good career growth

September 12, 2013

According to a new report published by Hays, What People Want 2013, 71% of Canadians would accept a reduction in pay for a new job opportunity that met benefits, career progression and company reputation expectations. Almost half (43%) rank "place within the organization's hierarchy" as more important than job title. Some other key findings from the report include:

  • 75% are unwilling to accept less vacation time as part of a new job offer.
  • 55% would be willing to give up flexible work options for an opportunity that had ideal career growth, compensation and company culture.
  • After compensation, career growth is the second most important factor when evaluating a new job offer.
  • "New challenges" are the most important factor for professional development superseding paid-for education and internal training.
  • 60% aspire to mid to senior levels of management, only 10% aspire to C-suite level.



Ontario fundraiser wins prestigious volunteer and philanthropy award

September 5, 2013

Pearl F. Veenema, FAHP, CFRE, of Oakville, Ontario, is this year’s winner of the Si Seymour Award from the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP). Ms. Veenema is president and CEO of the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation in Hamilton, Ontario, and past chair of the board of directors of AHP. AHP presents the Harold J. (Si) Seymour Award each year to a fundraiser whose career reflects exemplary standards of excellence in fostering volunteerism and philanthropy. Ms. Veenema will receive the award at AHP’s Annual International Conference, October 2-5 in Toronto, Ontario.



Lori Nikkel appointed as new ED of VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children

September 5, 2013

VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children today announced the appointment of Lori Nikkel as its new executive director. Nikkel officially began July 8th 2013. Prior to joining VOICE, Nikkel served as vice president of community and organizational development at Breakfast for Learning, as well as director of development and strategic initiatives at Breakfast Clubs of Canada, and as director of schools at FoodShare.



Anna Gordon joins CharityVillage as Western Canada Account Manager

September 4, 2013

CharityVillage is pleased to welcome Anna Gordon as the new Account Manager for Western Canada. Since the late 90s, Anna has worked in the field of employment, focusing her efforts on career development and poverty reduction. With the belief that “work is more than just a paycheque”, she spent many years in the nonprofit sector, and later in government, managing expert teams and working with at-risk populations to help them increase self esteem, job satisfaction and overall quality of life. Passionate about career development and the many opportunities there are to do good in the world, Anna has been invited to share her message via blogs, magazines, workshops, newspapers and television as a leader in her field. If you ask her to sum up her career, she will offer the following quote by Minor Myers Jr., “Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.”

While Anna loves to work, she is equally enthusiastic about long-distance walks, dancing, musical theatre, movies and spending time with her family. Although she thinks her husband is a handsome fella, she admits to having a not-so-secret love affair with books and is guilty of collecting more than she can possibly read in this lifetime.

You will often find her obsessively making lists, scribbling ideas and drinking too much liquid inspiration (coffee) as she channels her inner nerd for the greater good.

To say “howdy” to Anna, contact her at anna@charityvillage.com.



More than 90% of US employees work during non-business hours

September 3, 2013

Just how much do people work when not at work? Newly released survey results from Jive Software, Inc. finds more than 90% of employees in the United States and Australia, and 88% of employees in Great Britain, report working during non-business hours. Thirty-seven percent of American employees are reporting they work more than 10 hours per week during their “off” time, while 27% of Australian employees and 18% of British employees reported working more than 10 hours per week during their personal time. Additional findings from the study, which was conducted online by Harris Interactive in July, show that a majority of employees use their personal electronic devices for work-related purposes, which may be a culprit for the blurring of work at home and during personal time.



New report explores staffing trends in Canadian nonprofit sector

August 29, 2013

In the edition of Imagine Canada’s Sector Monitor survey conducted between November, 2012 and January, 2013, the HR Council commissioned a number of questions that looked at various aspects of paid staff human resources. The resulting report, Staffing Trends in Canadian Charities, 2012, summarizes the survey findings, looking at four key areas: hiring activity; recruitment and retention challenges; human resources infrastructure and management capacities; change in staff levels over time. Some key findings of the new report include:

  • A high level of “churn” in executive management positions.
  • A significant growth in hiring for fund development and grantmaking.
  • Particular regions (the Prairies, Atlantic Canada and Quebec) face stronger recruitment and retention challenges.
  • Fundraising, grantmaking and voluntarism promotion organizations, health organizations and social services organizations had higher than average formal HR management capacity. Arts, culture, sports and recreation organizations had lower than average HR capacities.



New report examines women's careers in Canadian nonprofit sector

August 29, 2013

The Institute for Nonprofit Studies at Mount Royal University has released a research report by Research Intern Alanna McInnes on the issue of women and their entry into the nonprofit sector. Female leaders across Canada were interviewed about young women and careers in the nonprofit sector. The result is a revealing and sometimes personal portrait of the circumstances women face as they contemplate a career in the nonprofit sector. Alanna's report, Passing the Torch: Female leadership in the Nonprofit Sector has implications for the nonprofit sector in general, nonprofit organizations, and, of course, young women.



Canadian public sector forecasts salary increases of 2.3% next year

August 20, 2013

Canadian employees can expect an average salary increase of 2.6% in 2014, according to a national survey of public and private sector employers conducted by Hay Group. The projected increase is lower than the projection for 2013 (at 2.9 %) and continues to be relatively close to projected increases of 2.8% for American employees. Projected increases for Canada continue to be much lower than projected increases of 3.7 % before the 2008/09 economic downturn. Overall, the public sector is forecasting noticeably lower salary increases (at 2.3%) than is the private sector.



Sheila Salamon-Durzi joins CharityVillage as Central and Eastern Canada Account Manager

August 19, 2013

CharityVillage is pleased to welcome Sheila Salamon-Durzi as the new Account Manager for Central and Eastern Canada. Sheila has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, ranging from colleges and universities to her most recent position in the public library system. She is also a strong advocate for children and youth in her community. You can usually find Sheila wandering through any of the great Libraries in Ontario along with her (awesome) husband and two very funny, very daring, gregarious children, or attempting stand-up paddling on Georgian Bay. Sheila is thrilled to be a part of the CharityVillage team and is excited about taking on this role. Say hi to Sheila today at sheila@charityvillage.com.



Minerva Foundation seeks BC women for leadership program

August 8, 2013

The Minerva Foundation for BC Women is seeking applications for their Women Leading the Way™ leadership program. Participants include a diverse group of women from varied backgrounds and sectors from throughout BC. Candidates possess a combination of previous leadership experience (7-10 years), post-secondary or technical education, and extensive work experience which may include community and volunteer work. Participants may also be “unsung leaders” who have yet to be recognized at a higher level. Depending on their experience, emerging Leaders from Minerva’s Follow a Leader will be invited to attend as part of the next step in their leadership journey. The Women Leading the Way™ program is based on an action-learning and values-based leadership model and combines classroom learning, reading, research and a hands-on project that will apply learned leadership skills to make a difference in communities across BC. In addition to gaining information from subject matter experts in print and online, participants will meet business and community leaders, who will share their experiences and offer their perspective of what makes a successful leader today. The deadline for applications is October 18, 2013 for the January 2014 cohort.



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