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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.



Most HR managers would welcome back a former employee, survey says

February 23, 2016

The majority (87%) of human resource (HR) managers interviewed said they would roll out the welcome mat for a returning employee who left on good terms, according to a survey from staffing firm Accountemps. But not all workers would feel comfortable returning. In fact, 70% of professionals polled said it's unlikely they would apply for a job with a former employer. Workers who were unlikely to return were also asked, "What is the primary reason you wouldn't apply for a job at a previous employer?" and their responses included:

  • I didn't like my job duties (21%)
  • I didn't like the corporate culture (20%)
  • I didn't like management (15%)
  • I burned bridges when I left (8%)
  • The company burned bridges when I left (7%)



Survey finds disabled workers often facing a perfect storm

February 17, 2016

Canadians off work due to a disability are facing a perfect storm - they need time to recover, but instead of focusing on their health, they're often dealing with the financial stress of trying to make ends meet and the emotional stress of being away from work. According to the 2015 RBC Insurance disability survey:

  • Three-quarters of Canadians (78%) said finances were tight when off work
  • More than 80% said they were upset about not being able to work
  • Nearly half (48%) said they were not financially prepared to be off work

Being off work takes an emotional toll on the whole family that many people are not prepared to handle. Seventy-six percent said the situation was stressful for their household, and 50% said that their family relationships were strained. Nearly one in three (31%) said that their able partner had to find extra work to make ends meet. Missing work due to a disability can also put enormous strain on finances. Of those surveyed, 29% said they had to dip into savings to pay for expenses, 17& had to take on more debt, 17% borrowed money from family and friends, and 9% cashed in their RRSPs.



Less than half of Canada's employers have a mental health strategy, report finds

February 17, 2016

Mental health is often cited as a top reason for disability leaves of absence in Canadian workplaces, and previous research by The Conference Board of Canada has shown that the prevalence of mental illness was high among working Canadians. However, according to a new Conference Board survey of Canadian employers, less than half of Canada's employers have a mental health strategy in place. Employers in the public sector were significantly more likely (47%) than organizations in the private sector (33%) to have indicated implementing a mental health strategy in their workplace. A little over 30 per cent of employers cited a lack of knowledge on how to address mental health as a reason for not having implemented a mental health strategy. Those employers who have not implemented a mental health strategy reported that this is due to:

  • limited financial resources, human resources, or time (56%);
  • a lack of knowledge on how to address mental health (32%);
  • mental health strategies are not a legal or legislative requirement (23%); and
  • mental health is not an issue in their workplace (31%).

In addition, the report finds that although 72% of employers believe their programs effectively supported an employee experiencing a mental health issue; only 56% believe that their programs proactively help employees maintain their mental health.



More than half of Millennial workers plan to make a career change in 2016

February 17, 2016

A new poll of working Canadians, the ADP Canada Sentiment Survey, reveals that 55% of workers ages 18 to 34 would like to change jobs, start a business or return to school this year, versus about 30% of all workers. Additional highlights of the ADP Canada Sentiment Survey include:

  • 25% of employed Canadians are seeking a pay raise, 14% want to take on more responsibility, 12% are seeking a promotion, and 11% want to work more.
  • 15% of employed Canadians would like to find more flexible work hours, 14% want to work less, 8% hope to work remotely and 3% would like unpaid time off.
  • 18% of employed Canadians would like to learn a new work-related skill, 15% say they'd like to get more training, 11% would like to get a certificate, degree or diploma, and 4% would like to job shadow someone else.



Nonprofit leaders can further their careers and causes through the Justice Fellowship

February 1, 2016

Applications are now being accepted by the Law Foundation of Ontario to give nonprofit leaders the unique opportunity to further their careers and their causes through a paid fellowship. The fellowship allows recognized leaders in the public sector to spend all or part of an academic year at an Ontario law school or university or college in a legal or justice studies-related department. The fellows plan and implement their individual projects, leading activities such as research, teaching, lectures, events and collaborations. The opportunity is open to senior employees in public interest organizations who are dedicated to advancing access to justice. Candidates do not need to have a law degree. The Law Foundation of Ontario provides funding to cover the fellow’s salary and for equipment and other program-related costs the academic host may need. The deadline for applications is April 29, 2016.



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