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Setting Up for a Sustainable New Year’s Resolution

January 14, 2015


Charles Boyer
Research Associate
Workplace Health and Wellness Research

Gyms are crowded with an influx of people signing up, hoping that a calendar change is the key to increasing their physical activity and getting off the couch. Any time we can get people moving is great—the problem is ...

A Quick Glance at Express Entry

December 22, 2014

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Kareem El-Assal
Research Associate, Education & Immigration
Industry & Business Strategy

Express Entry is a new immigration selection system set to launch on January 1, 2015. Modelled after similar systems in Australia (“SkillSelect”) and New Zealand (“Expression of Interest”), Express Entry aims to:

  • address labour shortages;
  • provide easier ...

Leadership Development

December 12, 2014

Katie O’Brien
Katie O’Brien
Network Manager
Leadership and Human Resources Research

At a time when many of the senior leaders in Canada are nearing retirement, the nature of leadership is changing and the need for leadership development has never been more important. The global business environment of recent years has ...

Does Your Workplace Have a Re-active or Pro-active Approach to Domestic Violence?

December 05, 2014


Charles Boyer
Research Associate
Workplace Health and Wellness Research

By now, most of you are familiar with the Ray Rice incident. Rice, a successful National Football League player for the Baltimore Ravens, was caught on camera abusing his then-girlfriend in an elevator. The film of the incident was ...

A Better Approach to Succession

November 19, 2014

Katie O’Brien
Katie O’Brien
Network Manager
Leadership and Human Resources Research

Now more than ever, HR Leaders, managers, and executives face the challenge of attracting the right talent to fill key positions. With many executives close to retirement, Canadian organizations are facing serious succession challenges. For every two senior executives, organizations ...

Dementia: Coming to a Workplace Near You

October 10, 2014

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David Harvey
Chief Public Policy and Program Initiatives Officer
Alzheimer Society of Ontario

The new office computer system shouldn’t have been a problem for Diane. She had been training new employees on how to use the company’s software for 20 years. But now she was having problems offering ...

Curbing Work Absences by Implementing an Effective Disability Management Program

October 01, 2014

Louise Chénier
Louise Chénier
Manager
Workplace Health and Wellness Research

The average Canadian employee missed 9.3 days of work in 2011, costing our economy approximately $16.6 billion in lost productivity.1 This cost is bound to increase as our workforce ages. As people age, the incidence of chronic diseases—such as ...

What’s sleep got to do with workplace wellness? More than you think!

September 26, 2014


Charles Boyer
Research Associate
Health and Wellness

Employees often don’t get enough sleep. A recent Conference Board survey found that 78 per cent of employees got to work tired at least some days in a week. Why is this important? An individual who has been awake for 17 hours has ...

Learning to Fail Well

September 19, 2014

Louise Chénier
Louise Chénier
Manager
Workplace Health and Wellness Research

When compared to its peers, Canada ranks poorly on innovation. (See “How Canada Performs: Innovation.”) This has a significant impact on our economy, since countries that are more innovative also report higher income per capita, productivity, and quality ...

Is Sitting Killing You? Break Up Your Day!

September 05, 2014


Charles Boyer
Research Associate
Health and Wellness

Do your employees sit too much? Are they too inactive?

Don't worry, you're not alone. Recent data from Statistics Canada (see Chart 1) have shown that Canadian adults spend 9.7 hours being sedentary (sitting or very little movement), 4 hours in ...

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