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Standing Up to the Health Risks of Sitting Down

January 29, 2014

Carole Stonebridge

Senior Research Associate
Health Programs

The health risks of sitting have been big news in recent months. Publications from Maclean’s 1 to Runners World 2 and even The Economist 3 have featured stories about the potential health impacts from prolonged sitting—even for active people who ...

The Rewards of Union Membership

January 20, 2014

Karla Thorpe

Director
Leadership and Human Resources Research

Belonging to a union may seem like an antiquated notion to many in today’s work environment. And since union membership is not growing as fast as overall employment, union density (the share of unionized workers in the overall workforce) is ...

Minding What Matters: Gaps in Programs for Employees With Mental Health Issues Persist

January 15, 2014

Karla Thorpe

Director
Leadership and Human Resources Research

Mental health issues are a significant contributor to absenteeism in the workplace, which is costly to the Canadian economy. For many employers, mental health is the leading cause of both short-term and long-term disability leaves of absence. And the average ...

Running on Empty

December 17, 2013

Karla Thorpe

Director
Leadership and Human Resources Research

Feeling a little tired and stressed out around the holidays? You’re not alone. Many Canadians are not getting the sleep they say they need. When asked to choose, two-thirds of Canadians would pick a good night’s sleep over a fun ...

New Data Confirm That the Average Age of Truck Drivers Continues to Rise

July 04, 2013

Vijay Gill
Principal Research Associate
Transportation and Infrastructure

Earlier this year, The Conference Board of Canada released a report that quantified the demand for truck drivers in Canada, driven by the growth of the economy and the resulting pressure that the trucking industry will face to attract new drivers. ...

What Family Day Really Costs

February 15, 2013

Karla Thorpe

Director
Leadership and Human Resources Research

On Monday, most people in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island will get the day off work. (British Columbia celebrated Family Day last Monday for the first time in 2013). “Family Day” is a relatively new statutory holiday ...

The State of Canadian Unions—Down but Not Out

January 31, 2013

Karla Thorpe

Director
Leadership and Human Resources Research

Employees who are covered by a collective agreement or a union contract earn higher wages than employees who are not. In 2012, the average hourly wage for unionized employees was $27.36, compared to $22.25 for non-unionized employees. However, after adjusting ...

Retiree Benefits: Are They Here to Stay?

January 21, 2013

Elyse Lamontagne
Elyse Lamontagne
Research Associate
Leadership and Human Resources Research
Karla Thorpe

Director
Leadership and Human Resources Research

More than half of Canadian employers responding to The Conference Board of Canada’s latest Benefits Benchmarking survey offer benefits to all or some of their retired workers. Although the ...

Employee Benefits—The Dragon Will Soon Awake

November 02, 2012

Karla Thorpe

Director
Leadership and Human Resources Research

Canadian organizations got a modest reprieve from the increase in employee benefits costs in the past two years, but the relief will be short-lived—making cost containment an ongoing priority for employers.

Employee benefits represent a significant investment for employers. Based ...

Can Automation Revitalize Your Performance Management Process?

October 09, 2012

Karla Thorpe

Director
Leadership and Human Resources Research

A recent study by The Conference Board of Canada found that, in Canada, only 40 per cent of organizations have switched to a completely automated performance management system. More than a third of organizations continue to use a paper-based performance ...

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