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Seven in ten Canadian employees report increased work stress

February 7, 2017

Having trouble "keeping calm and carrying on" at work? You're in the majority. More than half (58%) of Canadian workers said they are stressed at work on a day-to-day basis, and 70% reported work-related pressure has increased in the last five years, according to a new survey by staffing firm Accountemps. Executives should take note: Only 21% of Canadian CFOs acknowledged their teams are stressed, and only 23% recognized an increase in worker anxiety. Employees polled cited heavy workloads and looming deadlines (41%), attaining work-life balance (22%), and unrealistic expectations of managers (17%) as top worries.



Research finds organizations using the Mental Health Standard are perceived as safer

February 7, 2017

If you'd describe your workplace as psychologically safe, with civil relationships and satisfactory work/life balance, it just may be due to a major shift in how employers understand and respond to workplace mental health issues. In 2016, 77% of working Canadians indicated attitudes toward workplace mental health issues are better than they were in 2007. Additionally, those Canadians who say their workplace is psychologically unhealthy or unsafe (10%) has been cut in half, down from 20% in 2009. These are just two of the findings arising from recent research commissioned by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace (the Centre). Some of the research highlights include:

  • More working Canadians (79%) say they know about mental health conditions like depression, up from 66% in 2007.
  • Since 2009, fewer workers describe a workplace that has serious or significant psychosocial concerns. Most significant improvements have been made in the areas of civility and respect (27% are concerned, down from 33%) and balance (30%, down from 35%).
  • Employees have more concerns than managers. For example, employees were more concerned with growth and development (38% of employees vs. 26% of managers).

Additionally, a number of Canadian workplaces are now following best practices based on the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) released in 2013. In organizations implementing the Standard:

  • Only 5% of employees say their workplace is psychologically unhealthy or unsafe vs. 13% in organizations that are not implementing the Standard.
  • Employees who are or have experienced depression are missing less time (7.4 days per year) from work as a result than the average employee with depression (12.5 days).



Seventy-seven percent of Canadians feel entitled to workplace health benefits

February 1, 2017

Entitled is not a word typically used to describe Canadians, but when it comes to workplace health benefits, some believe these plans are a right. According to the most recent Sun Life Canadian Health Index, 77% of Canadians surveyed feel all employees are entitled to receive a health benefits plan sponsored by their employer. Forty-nine per cent strongly agree and 27% somewhat agree with this statement. According to the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, 24 million Canadians have supplemental health insurance through their employer or their spouse/partner's employer. When it comes to employer health benefits, a little more than half of working Canadians recognize the health and wellness support their employers are providing them. The latest Canadian Health Index survey found that:

  • 64% said their employer supports their physical health;
  • 58% said the same about their mental health; and
  • 26% said their employer offers programs or initiatives that promote health and wellness.



Share your HR innovation for chance to win $500 in team-based professional development

January 25, 2017

HR management practices within the nonprofit sector are changing rapidly. Shifting demographic, economic, technological, and social trends are reshaping the landscape of HR from how we develop talent to how we structure office environments. Over the course of 2017, the Community Foundations of Canada will be tapping into their community foundation, philanthropic and HRcouncil.ca networks to shine a spotlight on stories of innovative HR strategies being used successfully by nonprofit organizations across Canada. Got a great example of HR innovation in action? Want to share your strategy with others in the nonprofit sector? Submit your story on the Community Foundations of Canada website and it may be featured in an upcoming national series showcasing the best of what Canada’s nonprofit sector has to offer through blogs, podcasts, video, social media and more. BYour organization will also be entered into a draw to win up to $500 towards a team-based professional development opportunity for your nonprofit organization.



Research finds organizational change linked to physical and mental health sick leave

January 24, 2017

New research announced today by Morneau Shepell found that organizational changes have led to employees taking sick leave from work. In a recent survey of employees and employers across Canada, nearly half (46%) of employees have taken time off work and/or noticed other employees take more time off work following workplace changes. The survey found that two thirds (66%) of respondents have experienced at least one organizational change with their current employer – this included team restructuring (39%), downsizing/layoffs (35%), job re-design (35%), re-design of the physical office space (29%) and mergers (15%). Of those employees who have experienced a change, 43% said it had a negative impact on their perception of the company, 40% said it negatively affected their health and well-being and 30% indicated that it impacted their job performance. Across the country, Alberta employees experienced the most workplace changes, with nearly three quarters (74%) facing at least one workplace change with their current employer during the time of their employment.



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.



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.



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