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More than four out of five Canadians believe their employers are responsible for supporting their health

November 12, 2015

New findings from the 2015 Sun Life Canadian Health Index indicate that an overwhelming majority of Canadians (more than four in five) believe that employers are responsible for supporting their employees' physical and psychological health. When the results are looked at by age group, almost two out of five Gen Y respondents believe their employer has a significant responsibility for their employees' physical health (38%), as well as for their psychological health (37%), which was higher than any other age group. The 2015 survey also found that there is a clear relationship between health and employee productivity among those surveyed. More than one-third (35%) of Canadians say that their productivity at work has been negatively affected by their physical or mental health in the last six months. Gen Y respondents were most likely to report that experience: 47% said their health had negatively impacted their work productivity in the last six months, compared with 30% of Late Boomers and 26% of Early Boomers.



Nonprofits and charities included in this year's Canada's Top 100 Employers list

November 10, 2015

The 2016 winners of the Canada's Top 100 Employers competition were announced this week. The winning organizations collectively employ almost three-quarters of a million Canadians, but their influence on the nation's employment practices and working conditions extends far beyond. Now in its 16th year, the Canada's Top 100 Employers competition is an editorial project that recognizes employers with exceptional human resources programs and forward-thinking workplace policies. Mediacorp editors grade employers on eight criteria, which have remained consistent since the project began: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time-Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement. The editors publish detailed reasons for selection and grades for these criteria, providing transparency in the choice of winners and a catalogue of best-practices for employers and job-seekers alike.

CharityVillage would like to particularly congratulate the nonprofit organizations and charities that made this year's Top 100 Employers list. Well done!



Many employees left in the dark about growth prospects at work

October 22, 2015

A new survey shows employees want more feedback on their future from the boss. In research from Robert Half Finance & Accounting, nearly one in three (28%) professionals said their managers never discuss their career paths with them. The data also suggests professionals are hungry for this information: 41% said they would like to discuss their career paths at least quarterly; another 45% want to review their options annually.



CAMH survey shows over half of workers with depression do not recognize need for treatment

October 7, 2015

More than half of workers who reported symptoms of depression did not perceive a need for treatment, according to a study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. The study investigated barriers to mental health care experienced by workers and the resulting impact on productivity. Nearly 40% of participants were experiencing significant depressive symptoms and, of that group, 52.8% did not recognize a need to seek help.

As part of the study, researchers also developed a model to help employers identify key barriers to treatment. Strategies could be targeted to these barriers to increase the use of mental health services among workers with symptoms of depression. Researchers calculated that by removing the barrier caused by the unrecognized need for treatment, there would be a 33% decrease in work productivity loss. In addition to treatment need, researchers also assessed attitudinal and structural barriers to accessing mental health services. Attitudinal barriers include stigma of mental illness and belief that treatment is ineffective. Structural barriers include financial limitations and difficulty accessing appropriate mental health care. When all three types of barriers were removed, researchers found that loss of work productivity would be reduced by nearly 50%.



Canadian Association for Mental Health releases first-ever international study on workplace wellness

October 5, 2015

A joint US-Canada study, supported by The Faas Foundation on workplace wellness, shows corporate offices in both countries are rife with workplace bullying. The cross border survey of 2000 respondents by Mental Health America (MHA) and the Canadian Association for Mental Health (CAMH) reveals that 67% of respondents reported that they feel their company might fire them at any time. Because of unhelpful or hostile work environments, 80% report that they tend to work alone. Despite the difficulties they face, 41% of people in unhealthy work environments report that rarely or never miss work due to work related stress.



Many Canadians not using their full vacation days, survey finds

October 2, 2015

Each year, the Expedia.ca Vacation Deprivation Survey reveals the number of unused vacation days Canadians have accumulated. According to this year's survey, Canadians will receive an average of 17 vacation days from employers – an increase of one additional day over 2014 – but will take only 15.5 of those days. That represents close to 10 million unused vacation days by Canadians this year alone. For nearly a third of Canadians (32%) work schedules topped the list of reasons for leaving vacation days on the table, followed closely by saving for other obligations such as a house, tuition, or paying off debt (29%), and personal and family schedules ranked third at 24%. The survey also revealed that more than one million Canadians have not taken a vacation in over 15 years and more than 1.4 million Canadians have never been on a vacation in their lifetime.



Office bullying more common than managers realize, research suggests

September 15, 2015

Office bullying may be more common than many managers realize. According to recent research from staffing firm OfficeTeam, more than two in five (43%) of workers surveyed admitted they've had an office bully, yet the majority (63%) of human resources (HR) managers interviewed said they think workplace bullying never happens at their company. Another quarter (25%) think it rarely occurs. When employees were asked how they responded to a bully, 27% stated they told their manager. Another 25% confronted the bully, and 18% did nothing.



Open call for Canadian charities to apply for grants supporting professional development

September 14, 2015

The PwC Canada Foundation has launched a six-week call for submissions for its Leadership Grants Program; a program that provides up to $275,000 in grants to leaders at small to medium-sized registered charitable organizations in Canada looking to fund professional development opportunities. Submissions for 2014 will be accepted until October 30, 2015 at 3:00 pm EST. Grants are made available in two categories:

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

Applicants should visit www.pwc.com/ca/grants, review all eligibility criteria and click on the link provided to fill out the online application form before the deadline on October 30, 2014. The program has been designed in a way that gives charities the flexibility to take advantage of a development opportunity that best meets their needs. Examples could include anything from formal courses, conferences or training programs to informal learning experiences of the applicant’s own design that helps advance the applicant's professional development and organization’s goals.



Toronto Community Foundation’s Vital People grant stream now open for 2016

August 19, 2015

Are you or is someone you know doing amazing work in the not-for-profit sector as an innovator, collaborator or galvanizer? The Toronto Foundation’s Vital People grant program is now accepting applications. Vital People supports Toronto’s not-for-profit leaders with grants of up to $5,000 for professional development. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 5pm. An optional orientation will be held at the Toronto Foundation offices on Friday, September 4 or 11 at 9:30 am. Please RSVP to Miranda Hassell at mhassell@torontofoundation.ca or by telephone (416) 921-2035 x222. Spaces are limited.



Community Foundations of Canada launches new fellowship program

August 18, 2015

The Community Philanthropy Fellowship, a joint initiative of the Carold Institute and Community Foundations of Canada, is designed to offer full-time community foundation staff new skills and knowledge to enhance their leadership, strengthen their organization, and contribute to the movement and their communities in new ways. Fellowship applicants are encouraged to read the Fellowship Backgrounder for more information before applying. Key dates are as follows:

  • Deadline for Expressions of Interest: October 1, 2015
  • Deadline for Full Fellowship Applications (by invitation): November 16, 2015
  • Announcement of 2016 Community Philanthropy Fellow: January 8, 2016



Taking a lazy lunch break? You're not alone according to new survey results

August 18, 2015

As much as they'd like it to be, the midday endorphin rush isn't a reality for most workers, a new survey from Accountemps suggests. Almost half (46%) of accounting and finance professionals polled said they typically spend their lunch breaks eating alone, with only 17% finding the time to fit in a workout. This is contrary to what most respondents actually want: 48% indicated they would like to exercise or go to the gym, or enjoy a meal with coworkers. Rather than exercise or socialize the survey found that respondents more frequently surf the Internet (36%), run errands (34%) and check personal email (29%) during their lunch break.



Apply now for AFP's Canadian National Scholarship Program

August 10, 2015

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy—Canada and Mackenzie Investments are teaming up to offer Canadian fundraising professionals working for charitable and nonprofit organizations, the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in fundraising. Financial scholarships, up to a maximum of $1000, are being offered to cover registration and travel costs for educational programs at the local, national and/or international level. Educational Programs that can be funded through the National Scholarship Program include, but are not limited to:

  • AFP Congress
  • AFP CFRE Review Course
  • AFP Chapter Fundraising Workshops & Conferences
  • AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course
  • AFP International Conference
  • Other fundraising conferences/courses/tuition fees

The next scholarship deadline is September 15, 2015.



New US museum report shows progress for women but no pipeline toward leadership for minorities

August 5, 2015

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in partnership with the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), has announced the results of the first comprehensive survey to assess the ethnic and gender diversity of the staffs of art museums across the United States. Among its chief findings, the survey documented a significant movement toward gender equality in art museums. Women now comprise some 60% of museum staffs, with a preponderance of women in the curatorial, conservation and education roles that can be a pipeline toward leadership positions. The survey found no such pipeline toward leadership among staff from historically underrepresented minorities. Although 28% of museum staffs are from minority backgrounds, the great majority of these workers are concentrated in security, facilities, finance, and human resources jobs. Among museum curators, conservators, educators and leaders, only 4% are African American and 3% Hispanic.



Research reveals administrative support staff more valued today than 10 years ago

August 5, 2015

Many of us already recognize the importance of administrative staff, but new research suggests that their influence is growing. Three in five (60%) senior managers surveyed by OfficeTeam and the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) as part of the Office of the Future project said support staff are more valued now by their companies than they were 10 years ago. Sixty-two percent of administrative workers who were polled agreed. Managers and support staff didn't see eye to eye on the most important skill for success in the administrative profession. Time management topped the list for executives polled (39%), while 30% of administrative workers surveyed cited organizational abilities. Both managers (38%) and administrative professionals (61%) indicated flexibility is the most valuable attribute for support personnel, outranking a positive attitude, initiative and diplomacy.



Students face common challenges in their first professional role, according to survey results

July 29, 2015

University students may be heading back to school soon, but they won't find everything they need to know for their jobs in their textbooks. In an Accountemps survey, more than half (60%) of accounting and finance professionals said they felt only somewhat prepared for their first job after graduation; another 15% indicated they were not at all prepared. Respondents were unready for their first professional jobs in multiple ways. Almost half (47%) of those surveyed indicated that the knowledge they gained in the classroom didn't translate to their position. Forty-three percent said they felt ill-equipped to handle office politics.



Beware of 'phoning it in' on office conference calls

July 16, 2015

When joining conference calls, employees should be careful about "phoning it in" if they want to avoid irritating colleagues, new OfficeTeam research suggests. Of the workers surveyed who participate in conference calls almost one-third (28%) said multiple people talking at the same time is the most distracting behaviour, followed by excessive background noise (22%). Additionally, 10% of survey respondents were frustrated by attendees who don't pay attention to the call.



Quebecers are cutting back on vacation, returning to work more stressed than ever

July 14, 2015

Although it's recognized that vacations are a time when workers can recharge their batteries and boost their future productivity, Quebecers are cutting back on their summer holidays. Of those who do take time off, two in five stay in contact with their office, which makes their return to work stressful. These figures are even more disturbing for 18-to-34-year olds, who take less time off, have trouble leaving their work behind, and are even more stressed out when they get back. The eighth edition of a CROP survey (French only) on Quebecers and summer holidays, carried out for the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés, shows an ominous trend ? Quebecers are taking fewer and shorter vacations. This summer, they plan to take an average of two weeks off, compared to 2.2 weeks in 2014 and 2.3 in 2013. In addition, more than one Quebecer in ten has no plans for any vacation at all this summer. Some 18% of employees return to work more stressed than before they left.



Who do executives turn to first for job-change advice?

July 2, 2015

According to a recent Accountemps survey, almost half (48%) of the executives surveyed said they turn first to a spouse or significant other for advice when evaluating an employment offer. Mentors were the next most commonly tapped source of guidance (19%), however their influence seems to have diminished: When a similar question was asked in 2007, they were cited by 43% of managers. Friends trailed closely behind, with 15% of the response in the latest survey. Coworkers and other family members were mentioned by just 6% and 7% of those polled, respectively.



Canadian employees cautiously optimistic about job stability and future prospects

June 24, 2015

Most people believe they should earn more, but aren't planning to ask for it, according to new research from staffing firm Robert Half. The majority are confident in their abilities at work, as 84% of Canadian workers polled believe they should earn more money, however only one-third feel confident asking for a raise, with that same amount planning to ask for one in 2015. Canadian workers are upbeat about their current organization and job prospects: 73% are confident about the stability of their current employer, with just slightly less than half (47%) more confident in their job prospects now compared to one year ago. However, 43% have never checked their salary against the market rate or those of their peers, and only 19% have checked within the last year.



New videos designed to help Canadians navigate the human rights complaint process

June 23, 2015

The Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) has produced a series of videos, now on its YouTube channel, to help people in Canada deal with discrimination and navigate the human rights complaint process. Using live actors as well as animation, “Human Rights and You: A video series” tells the stories of Lily and Dan — two fictional characters using the CHRC complaint process to deal with workplace discrimination. Lily’s story is about sexual harassment and Dan’s story is about discrimination related to age and disability after a workplace injury. The actors speak directly to camera, telling viewers their story and, in the process, the viewers learn what to expect when making a discrimination complaint. The CHRC hopes the videos, which are available in both official languages as well as closed-captioning, will be used as teaching tools by educators, social workers, lawyers, NGOs, community centres and human resources managers.



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