Human Resources

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Recent releases

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Canadian Human Resources Metrics Benchmarking

Build and refine your Human Resources practices for managing your teams. Understand the current business environment, and know what’s changing. Our data from across Canadian industries and regions will help you see where you excel and where you can grow.

Online experience  |  8-min read
September 1, 2022

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C-Suite Challenge: Attracting and Retaining Talent Through Global Volatility

Organizations planning to return to the office full-time need to understand that their employees may have a different agenda and that it may impact the organization’s ability to attract and retain talent. Overwhelming research shows that many employees who have been working from home for the past two years do not want, and are not willing, to return to the office full-time.

Issue briefing  |  7-min read
August 11, 2022

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Mental Health Week: The Importance of Advancing the Discussion

Positive mental health allows us to cope with changes and difficult challenges in our day-to-day lives, personally as well as professionally. The pandemic blurred this boundary as employees worked from home, many simultaneously caring for children and other loved ones while living a more isolated lifestyle.

Commentary  |  3-min read
May 4, 2022

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Is Your Organization Ready for Hybrid Work?

A hybrid workplace model is defined as a flexible workplace arrangement that includes both in-office and remote work. Here are some factors that organizations should consider prior to implementing a hybrid work environment.

Summary for executives  |  2-min read
May 2, 2022

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Benefits and Challenges of Hybrid Work

Transitioning to a hybrid workplace model will provide organizations with an opportunity to redefine their workplace culture. Transparency and clear communication when redefining workplace values and culture can give employees a sense of excitement and a renewed purpose. To encourage employee engagement, it is imperative that leaders collaborate with their employees on how to build and contribute toward a new workplace culture.

Online experience  |  8-min read
May 2, 2022

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C-Suite Challenge: Canadian Leadership Perceptions on Hybrid Work

After two years of working remotely, many workers are reluctant to return to the office full-time, with most demanding at least some flexibility in where and when they work. As public health measures begin to lift, many employers are beginning to design and implement their return-to-the-office policies, with many choosing or considering a hybrid work model.

Issue briefing  |  9-min read
April 13, 2022

Closing the Talent Gap

Our president and CEO Dr. Susan Black discussed our organization’s journey to being virtual-first amid the pandemic

Recording  |  7-min watch
March 29, 2022

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C-Suite Challenge: Priorities for Leadership

As the population ages, retirement rates are increasing. At the same time, not enough young people or immigrants are entering the workforce to make up for the labour losses. Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic reduced Canada’s immigration levels, further tightening the Canadian labour market. And COVID-related lockdowns and layoffs (e.g., in retail, hospitality) resulted in widespread resignations, with workers leaving for industries that were less impacted by public health restrictions and offered benefits such as remote work, less exposure to the virus, and increased stability.

Data briefing  |  7-min read
March 25, 2022

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The Bargaining Environment in 2022: Labour Relations Outlook

After more than a year of unprecedented challenges, Canada's economy is starting to recover. Employment has returned to pre-pandemic levels and wages are improving. But how will fiscal uncertainty, labour shortages, and growing unionization affect labour relations in 2022?

Online experience  |  8-min read
February 15, 2022

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Remote, Office, or Hybrid? Employee Preferences for Post-Pandemic Work Arrangements

In early 2020, COVID-19 protocols imposed by governments and public health authorities required many organizations to shift all employees who were able to work from home to do so. While the transition to remote work was sudden for many, the adoption of remote work arrangements by knowledge workers (particularly those working in the technology sector) has been accelerating for years.

Impact paper  |  50-min read
December 13, 2021

Labour market gets boost from vaccine rollout: Compensation Planning Outlook 2022

These reports gives the most up-to-date data, essential for any organization looking to secure the talent they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive marketplace. The Compensation Planning Outlook summarizes the results of the Conference Board’s annual survey. This data briefing will discuss the effect of the vaccine rollout, the labour market and how employers are responding.

Online experience  |  8-min read
December 9, 2021

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Seeking Support: The Future of Health Benefits

In today’s labour market, organizations need to offer more than just competitive salaries to recruit, attract, and retain employees. Beyond salary, benefits are the second-most important factor when employees consider different job offers. That is, health benefits have more weight than they used to and most employees believe it is a worker’s right.

Issue briefing  |  16-min read
November 16, 2021

Workplaces for the Future: A Playbook for Municipal Leaders on Exploring Remote, Hybrid, and On-Site models

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented employers with a unique opportunity to reinvent the workplace. For most organizations, the future workplace will likely involve a blend of remote and on-site work. This impact paper examines the benefits and challenges of fully on-site, fully remote, and hybrid workplace models for the Regional Municipality of York.

Impact paper  |  32-min read
October 25, 2021

Working Through COVID‑19

Flexible Work Environments Survey

The pandemic has super-spread disruption, transforming the way we work like never before. In March 2020, what was long considered improbable for many organizations—a remote workforce—became an immediate reality. Now with the vaccine rollout well under way, organizations are beginning to consider what the workplace of the not-so-distant future will look like.

Online experience  |  8-min read
June 25, 2021

Working Through COVID‑19

Vaccination Policies Survey

As provinces and territories move to vaccinate Canadians against COVID-19, employers are faced with an unprecedented challenge: how to fulfill their duty to ensure a safe work environment without the power to mandate vaccinations. The Conference Board of Canada asked employers across the country about their vaccination policy plans, and whether accommodations will be made for employees who won’t—or can’t—roll up their sleeves

Online experience  |  8-min read
March 4, 2021

Working Through COVID‑19

Employee Wellness Survey

COVID-19 has shed new light on the importance of mental health and wellness. Organizations, and the programs they provide, play a pivotal role in supporting employees’ wellness through these tough times. The Conference Board of Canada asked organizations across the country how they’re managing employee wellness through benefits for the largest group of their full-time workforce.

Online experience  |  8-min read
February 2, 2021

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