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Fasken Martineau releases new occupational health and safety survey report

May 31, 2016

Fasken Martineau is pleased to release its 2016 Employer Occupational Health and Safety Survey Report, Building a Safer Workplace. The 2016 Employer Occupational Health and Safety Survey was conducted to better understand the current trends in OHS compliance and regulatory enforcement across Canada. Key findings of Building a Safer Workplace include:

  • Approximately 10% of employers surveyed responded they did not have a written OHS policy in their workplace or were unaware if they had a policy.
  • Officers and directors drive the health and safety culture of a workplace. Approximately 55% are trained in an OHS program.
  • 81% of workplaces have an Employee Assistance Program to help workers with substance abuse issues.
  • Over 50% of employers reported an increase of harassment complaints in the workplace in the last 12 months.
  • Over 80% of survey respondents have not appealed an OHS order or direction in the past 12 months.

This first-ever national employer survey has brought significant Canadian health and safety realities to light. Responses to the survey not only revealed predominant OHS trends, but also exposed critical legal compliance gaps across Canadian workplaces.



Corporate Knights seeks nominations for second annual Top 30 under 30 Sustainability Leaders list

May 30, 2016

According to the United Nations, nearly a third of the world's population falls into the "youth" category. It's imperative, the global agency says, that youth from all parts of the world participate actively in all levels of decision-making related to sustainable development. Just as important is that their voice is heard and their actions are recognized. This is exactly what the Fall 2016 issue of Corporate Knights magazine intends to do. The youth-themed October issue will recognize the top 30 individuals under 30 years old who are leading on sustainability issues. They could be young social entrepreneurs or business leaders; budding politicians or impactful bureaucrats; up-and-coming scientists or innovative activists. Common to them all is their drive to create a more equitable and sustainable economic system. To nominate someone who fits this bill, visit the website and fill out the online form. Nominations should be for Canadians who are age 29 or younger as of September 30, 2016. Nominations close June 20.



Canadian employers can do more to help individuals affected by MS

May 27, 2016

While Canada has the highest rate of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the world, we may not be doing enough in terms of providing appropriate workplace accommodations and income supports for this population and their caregivers, according to a new report by The Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC). Highlights of the report include:

  • Canada has the highest prevalence of MS in the world. As well as being an important health issue, this creates significant economic costs for individuals and the wider economy, as much as $2.8 billion annually.
  • Productivity loss in individuals living with MS is estimated to account for about one-third of the total economic burden of MS.
  • Proper supports could ensure that people living with MS effectively participate in the labour force, while creating economic benefits for employers and governments.

Without employment, individuals with MS or their caregivers are vulnerable to economic hardship, social exclusion, and reduced self-confidence. Individuals with MS who are willing and able to work can do so as long as the proper supports are in place. Helping employees with MS talk about staying in their jobs is also beneficial to employers, as it increases the retention of skilled employees, while boosting productivity.



More than half of workers unsatisfied with time-off policy

May 26, 2016

Despite bluer skies and warmer weather, some workers are feeling a little grey when it comes to their vacation time away from work. According to a new survey by staffing firm Accountemps, more than half of Canadian professionals (52%) feel they don't have enough vacation time. Some reasons professionals aren't reaping the full benefits of time off:

  • 36% said they were worried about their colleagues absorbing their workload.
  • 38% said they were concerned about the amount of work that would await them when they returned.
  • 36% of workers admitted to checking in with the office at least once or twice a week while on vacation.

Some sunnier survey results show professionals plan to take an average of 11 vacation days this summer, and 30% plan to take more vacation days this summer than last year.



Survey reveals biggest challenges for new managers

May 19, 2016

New managers face a number of challenges, but which is the most daunting? According to Canadian CFOs interviewed for a Robert Half Management Resources survey, the most difficult part of becoming a manager is balancing individual responsibilities with time spent overseeing staff (38%). Meeting higher performance expectations ranked as the second greatest concern (24%), followed by motivating the team (18%) and prioritizing projects (16%). Supervising former peers and friends was only cited as a concern by 3% of the survey respondents.



Government of Canada conducting online consultations to explore flexible work in Canada

May 18, 2016

Improving work-life balance for Canadians, while adding value to businesses, is the goal of a new consultation launched today by the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk. She is asking Canadians to have their say starting today as she launches a new consultation to bring the right to request Flexible Work Arrangements (Flex Work) to Canada.

Flex Work can take many forms but usually involves giving someone the right to change where or when they work to help balance other responsibilities. Reasons could include allowing someone to pick up or drop off their child at day care or school, to take care of a loved one, enrol in training or education program or participate in traditional Indigenous practices such as hunting or fishing. There are many reasons why someone might need a little more flexibility in their schedule, and under our plan they would have the formal right to request it.

Canadians will have a chance to give their say to the Government through online and in-person consultations. Anyone can submit their views through an online survey open today until June 30, 2016. The Government will also hold roundtables across Canada in the coming weeks to hear from employers, workers, academics and others.



Work email is a waste, 9% of the time, execs say

April 21, 2016

Workers wondering where their time goes should look at how they manage emails, new research suggests. In a Robert Half survey, chief financial officers (CFOs) said 9% of the time they spend on work email is wasted. While spam is the primary culprit, according to 46% of respondents, the research identified other distractors, including wading through rambling messages (27%), being copied on irrelevant emails (19%) and receiving those that could be better delivered another way (8%).



New survey finds more than two thirds of Canadian agree their work causes them stress

April 19, 2016

Constantly being busy may be the new normal, but being stressed shouldn’t be. A survey released today revealed that more than two thirds (67%) of Canadians agree that their work causes them stress. A staggering six in ten (59%) say their health is negatively impacted by stress experienced at work, and two thirds (63%) feel the stress they experience at work negatively impacts other areas of their life. Whether you work in an office, from home, or on the road, workplace stress in Canada is a real problem with serious consequences. The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) and Leger conducted the survey. Highlights from the survey include:

  • Ontarians reported the highest levels of workplace stress in the country with 72% in agreement that work causes them stress. British Columbia residents reported the lowest levels of workplace stress, with 56% of those surveyed in agreement.
  • Respondents from Manitoba and Saskatchewan were 10% more likely than the rest of Canadians to agree that their health is sometimes negatively impacted by the stress they experience at work. Residents of Atlantic Canada were the least likely to agree with this, coming in at 49%.
  • Sixty-nine percent of younger employed Canadians are more likely to say work stress negatively impacts other areas of their life. This trend is felt most among 18-35 year olds.
  • Employed Canadians under the age of 55 experience significantly more negative health effects from work stress compared to older Canadians over 65 years of age (61% versus 34%).



Study finds employees exhibit risky cloud behavior, despite new level of cloud sophistication

April 13, 2016

Enterprise cloud adoption has matured in recent years, but employees using cloud apps continue to display reckless technology habits that put their employers at risk, according to a new study by Softchoice, a leading North American IT solutions and managed services provider. The study, (Still) Careless Users in the Cloud, found 1-in-5 employees keep passwords in plain sight, such as on Post-It notes, and 1-in-3 cloud app users have downloaded an app without letting their IT department know. Based on a similar study Softchoice conducted in 2014, (Still) Careless Users in the Cloud finds employees' bad cloud app habits have gone unchanged over the past two years. This kind of behavior can be attributed to the lack of cybersecurity training provided to employees on corporate policy and the safe and effective use of cloud applications. The study found 58% of full-time employees cite having not been told the right way to download and use cloud apps, and 39% having not been told the risks of downloading apps without IT's knowledge.



Deadline fast approaching for Public Outreach Recruitment Challenge

April 12, 2016

If you had the chance to create a national recruitment marketing campaign for Public Outreach, what would your approach be, and how would you execute it? Public Outreach, in partnership with TalentEgg, is looking for talented young professionals to share their fresh perspectives by submitting a professional-level case study that answers this question. Public Outreach is an international face-to-face fundraising agency dedicated to building a sustainable charitable sector. The first place prize for this Challenge is full-time position as Recruitment Marketing Manager at Public Outreach, plus a trip and tour of Public Outreach’s Los Angeles Office and second place receives a cash prize of $500. The Challenge deadline (April 22, 2016) is quickly approaching - submit your proposal now!

Proposals will be judged on the following:

  • Is it well-researched? Your submission should show that you understand the nonprofit sector, recruitment tactics and approaches, and the organization (Public Outreach) itself.
  • Is it innovative? Think outside the box – Public Outreach is looking for fresh, new, and exciting perspectives.
  • Is it feasible? It’s not enough to put together a unique proposal. Be sure that your strategy is well-thought out and realistic for the organization to implement.
  • Is it well-presented? Challenge participants should conduct themselves like professional consultants — your submission should be polished and free of spelling and grammatical errors. The information should also flow in a logical fashion, so there’s no confusion for the recipient. It also doesn’t hurt to add some visual components as well!

Each area will be weighted equally in value (25% each) during the evaluation process. Your submission can include written proposals, visual diagrams, videos – anything that conveys your strategy best! Please upload your project as a PDF doc (Powerpoint presentations work well!) on the TalentEgg website. Any additional features (i.e. videos) should be hosted externally and linked through the submission document. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 22, 2016.



2016 Canadian HR Awards now accepting nominations

April 7, 2016

HRMonline is pleased to present the Canadian HR Awards! 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. There are 18 organizational and individual categories that have been designed to ensure national recognition of both large and small organizations on their individual merits. The available categories include the Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award; the Best Workplace Culture Award; the Venngo Award of Excellence for Financial, Physical & Mental Wellness; and the Next Generation Employment Initiative of the Year. Nominations close June 17, 2016.



Connect the Sector Writing Fellowship now accepting applications

April 4, 2016

Do you know an emerging nonprofit leader who is inspired by the big ideas that shape the nonprofit sector? Is this you? The Connect the Sector (CTS) Fellowship gives participants a chance to connect with peers, mentors, and sector leaders to build solutions for complex sector-wide issues. This year, fellows will conduct research and co-author a piece for The Philanthropist with an established nonprofit leader. They will have the opportunity to share ideas with other emerging leaders, network with influential actors, and creatively shape the national dialogue on intergenerational connections in the nonprofit sector. Connect the Sector is an incubated project of Ontario Nonprofit Network that aims to create a community of younger professionals, connecting across generations, to shape the future of the nonprofit sector. Applications will be accepted until April 17th, 2016. The nine-month fellowship runs from June 2016 - February 2017. Authors will be paid an honorariam for their work.



Survey finds Canadian office workers worried about time spent sitting at work

April 4, 2016

Concerned you're spending too much time in a chair during business hours? Well, you're not alone. According to a new survey released by ParticipACTION, the majority of Canadian office workers (63%) are worried about the amount of time spent sitting at work. With a third (32%) of respondents saying they spend too much time sitting in meetings, and one in five committing at least an entire business day (8 hours) a week to meetings, the "meeting culture" is partly to blame for keeping us glued to our seats. During ParticipACTION's fifth annual Sneak It In Week - which runs from April 4 to 8 – Canadians are encouraged to challenge the social norms at work, including marathon meetings, by taking active breaks, "sneaking in" 10-minute increments of physical activity, and dedicating less time to sitting. According to the survey, Canadians are ready to make these changes at work. If given the opportunity, 59% of office workers said they would stretch during a meeting, 54% said they would be open to a walking meeting, and 41% would want to stand during a meeting if invited to do so.



More than half of employers commonly act on feedback from exit interviews

March 29, 2016

Many employers are taking their workers' parting words to heart, new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam suggests. More than half (54%) of human resources (HR) managers said their company commonly acts on feedback from exit interviews. When asked how they follow up on information gleaned from these meetings, 46% of respondents stated they address comments about management. Another 20% make changes to the work environment, while 14% update job descriptions and 10% review employee salaries.



Canada's Walk of Fame announces the return of its Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program

March 22, 2016

Canada's Walk of Fame announces the return of its Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program, supported by RBC, one of Canada's most successful programs supporting aspiring Canadian musical artists. Valued at more than $100,000, this program provides musicians the tools they need to grow – whether it's private studio time, introductions to renowned artists, access to key influencers, exposure to audiences and media or funding to take their career to the next level. Submissions will be accepted through to Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 11:59 pm ET.



Employees lose two full weeks each year due to IT-related issues

March 22, 2016

Employees could be losing more than two work weeks each year trying to get their computer equipment to work. According to a new survey of Canadian office workers by Robert Half Technology, professionals waste an average of 19 minutes each day, dealing with IT-related issues. For someone who works five eight-hour days for 50 weeks of the year, that translates into a loss of nearly 80 hours per year. Despite the time spent tackling tech glitches, nearly half (44%) of employees rate their organization's IT infrastructure good or excellent.



Attend the Virtual Career Conference at half price with this CharityVillage promo code

March 18, 2016

Do you want to move on up in your career, or be happier at your current job? How about consulting on the side? Learn all of this and more at the Virtual Fundraising Career Conference. Presentations by Tom Ahern, Linda Lysakowski and many others! This conference has helped people get jobs as Executive Director, Special Events coordinator, Development Director and start their consulting businesses too. Get 10 CFRE credits when you join us at the Virtual Fundraising Career Conference April 6-7-8 2016. Normal price $67 USD, but you can get it for just $36 USD. Enter the promo code ynpn<3 to get your 50% discount until March 28th!



Is being exhausted at work the new workplace epidemic?

March 10, 2016

It's time for a wake-up call: More than three-quarters of Canadian workers say they work while tired, with one-third saying they do so very often, according to a new survey by staffing firm Accountemps. The costs of working tired – both for professionals and the businesses they work for – are high: Respondents cite lack of focus or being easily distracted (50%), procrastinating more (44%), being grumpy (36%) and making more mistakes (26%) among the consequences. Additional findings from the survey include:

  • Younger workers might be burning the midnight oil. Eighty-five percent of professionals between the ages of 18 and 34 admitted to being sleepy at work often, compared to 75% of workers age 35 to 54 and only 57% of respondents age 55 and older. Slightly more women (80%) than men (72%) said they often work while tired.
  • Forty-two percent of workers said they would use a nap room if their employer offered one. Two percent said their employer already provides a nap room and they take advantage of it.
  • Thirty-nine percent of workers who said they would not take advantage of a nap room cited the following reasons: It might make them sleepier (40%), they worry about not getting their work done (33%), and they don't want to be perceived as a slacker (24%).



Scholarships available for young media-makers to attend BC conference

March 2, 2016

The Inspirit Foundation is excited to offer four scholarships for young media-makers to attend this year’s Media That Matters: Story Money Impact at the Hollyhock Institute on BC’s Cortes Island from June 1-5, 2016. Media That Matters: Story Money Impact is an intimate conference illuminates the spark of engagement at the core of these three pursuits. Structured around case studies from the frontlines, Story Money Impact reveals best practices in the areas of documentary, digital content, and independent journalism. It explores how these professions can synergize with funders who want maximum leverage for their resources and reach, while partnering with strategic innovators who can highlight those results with more robust evaluation tools. Each of the four scholarships cover the full conference registration fee, full accomodations and meals at the Hollyhock Instute (based on the shared room rate), and travel costs from Vancouver to Cortes Island. A travel bursary of up to $800 is available to participants outside of BC. Interested applicants must be:

  • between the ages of 18 - 34.
  • Canadian or a resident of Canada.
  • able to attend for the entire conference (June 1 - 5, 2016).
  • have a demonstrable practice in film making or in using media to create social change.

Please visit the Inspirit website for additional application criteria. The deadline for applications is March 18, 2016.



Nonprofits and charities included on this year's Best Diversity Employers list

February 24, 2016

Now entering 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. Employers are selected by the editors at Mediacorp based on submissions to the annual Canada's Top 100 Employers project, published annually since 1999. The winners of this year's Canada's Best Diversity Employers competition were announced this morning and include a number of nonprofit organizations, universities and hospitals.



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