Canada Employment

Canadians Not Using Their Paid Vacations: Survey

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 07.17.2014 | Canada Business

Summer is generally when employees take off to cottages or vacation abroad, but it seems a growing number of Canadians are reluctant to use their vaca...

Technology Could Enable the Four-Day Work Week

Jon Packer | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Business
Jon Packer

Well not exactly. But Larry Page, co-founder of Google, does tell us that working a 40-hour week is an out-moded employment model. He believes that through smart design and technology we could work a four-day week or less. Now, with over $32 billion in the bank it is easy for Page to make such lofty assertions, but he might have a point.

Don't Be Fooled By Harper's "Surplus"

Ralph Goodale | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

Mr. Harper's only imperative is "looking good" for an election in 2015. To him, that means claiming a surplus, not matter how temporary or artificial. Never mind the nation's sputtering economy or tens of thousands of Canadians out of work.

Why Poor People Can't Just "Get a Job"

Janelle Vandergrift | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Impact
Janelle Vandergrift

In truth, a good job is a way out of poverty. There are many who long for meaningful work that will give them a chance to contribute to society and earn a decent paycheque. But, it's more complicated than we might think. There are some key reasons why employment isn't the only answer.

Canada's Greatest Future Economic Challenge, According To Kenney

CP | Clare Clancy, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - A shortage of skilled workers is the biggest challenge many Canadian businesses face today, Employment Minister Jason Kenney told a skills s...

Do You Use All Three Forms of Communication?

Mary Donohue | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada
Mary Donohue

If you can master this skill our research demonstrates that you can increase trust in leadership by 9 per cent in as little as 13 weeks. What does this mean to business higher productivity? Less churn. What does the mean to politicians, the difference between losing and winning, especially in a horse race election like Ontario's.

Law School Grad? You're Going to Need These Job Interview Tips

Faisal Kutty | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Business
Faisal Kutty

As a former managing partner of a small law firm, some of my students ask me for advice about job interviews. This is the first part of an article offering such tips. There is no particular order to the tips. These tips, though catered to law school graduates, may be helpful to all job seekers.

Stunning Number Of Canadians 'Completely Given Up' On Job Hunt

CBC | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada Business

Almost four out of 10 Canadians who don't have a job have completely given up hope of ever finding one, a new survey suggests. In a poll carrie...

We Don't Just Need More Jobs, We Need Humane Jobs

Kendra Coulter | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Living
Kendra Coulter

Some people may be able to find "a job" but is the pay enough to even cover basic expenses? Are the hours sufficient? Are they consistent? Or is it not only impossible to schedule the essentials of life, but to pay for them? Above and beyond these important, tangible dimensions, do people enjoy their jobs?

If You Want an Amazing Job You Have to Ask the Right Questions

Neil Seeman | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada Business
Neil Seeman

I am fascinated by questions vastly more than answers. Socrates was a genius because he asked questions -- all the time. When I meet a company founder, he or she tends to ask bucket-loads of killer questions. Why is that?

Want to Live Longer? Move to a City

Jon Packer | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Living
Jon Packer

As warmer spring weather finally arrives, many of us long for the great outdoors with walks, bike rides and the Holy Grail -- cottage getaways. The notion is that if we could only spend more time out of the city, we'd be both happier and healthier. The reality though is somewhat different.

Job Grants Deal Reached

CP | Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.30.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Ottawa has reached a deal on the Canada Job Grant with all the provinces and territories except Quebec, Employment Minister Jason Kenney said...

Get Set for the Next Round of Rate Tightening

Peter Hall | Posted 04.28.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

After three-and-a-half years of ho-hum on this front, there is renewed interest in interest rates: where they are going, how fast, and what we need to do to be prepared, if change is indeed in the wind. A lot of the talk is related to another 'up' that scares us: inflation. Talk of rising interest rates is very good news, since it strongly suggests higher confidence in near-future growth.

The Career Adventure

Thomas Gelmi | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Business
Thomas Gelmi

Increasing complexity and diminishing workplace security define our society. We live in a time in which straight careers with long lasting company aff...

Things To Consider Before You Set Out To Follow Your Passion

Elan Divon | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Elan Divon

Last week, I visited the popular website of a spiritual teacher named Mastin Kipp. His message to the world is simple: "Follow your bliss," a catch ph...

Canada's Healthcare Prospers

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.30.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Last year the Canadian health care system managed to save $400 million. Sounds great, right? Now what if we told you that Canada did it by poaching trained doctors from the poorest and most vulnerable communities in the world? To prosper, Africa must keep her brilliant children home. And developed nations like Canada have a role to play here, too. For a start, we must address the issues in our own health care system that requires us to draw so many health professionals from developing countries where they are needed more.

Let 2013 Inspire Us to Do Better in 2014

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Last New Year, we wrote about some of the issues we hoped Canada and the world would tackle in 2013. To reflect on the year gone by, we pulled that column from the archives -- it was a disheartening read.

How to Make Your Workplace Fitter, Happier, More Productive

Josh Bowman | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Business
Josh Bowman

I've worked in a lot of different office environments, both non-profit and for-profit. Some of these places were wonderful, fun, and I was sad to leave. Other workplaces were, quite frankly, toxic. Happy employees are productive employees (to paraphrase Radiohead). So here are some tips to give your staff some love. (Hint: Stressing out your employees is a great way to achieve turn-over and burn-out.)

Five Ways to Grab Hold of Your Career

Sandra Boyd | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Business
Sandra Boyd

People today need to deal with greater uncertainty in the marketplace and a good way to do this is to take ownership of your career. It is clear that individuals who consciously invest in their careers stand out from other employees. To take your career in your own hands, here are five important tips from Knightsbridge.

Dear James Moore, How Is Feeding the Neighbour's Kids a Bad Thing?

Carol Ann Sokoloff | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Carol Ann Sokoloff

When cabinet minister James Moore recently laughed about how it was not his or the government's job to feed his neighbour's children, the country rightly responded with outrage. I have always believed that if we took the well-being of children as our highest value we would begin to make decisions that improve our communities and our planet. We would stop wars (with their devastating effects on children), stop wasting finite resources and start considering long-term effects of our actions including our treatment of the environment.

A True Christmas Miracle in London, Ontario

Glen Pearson | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Glen Pearson

Bob Cratchit comes out as the true hero of Dicken's novel A Christmas Carol -- a worker, a family man, a believer in the goodness of people. London, Ontario just witnessed a similar example yesterday, as Kellogg's employees, despite the devastating news of the impending shutdown, raised $10,000 and purchased quality foodstuffs for the local food bank. If we are ever to find a reason for believing in Christmas, this is it.

Leaders Mourn Mandela But Miss His Message

Rachel Décoste | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

Rolihlahla "Nelson" Mandela is a global icon. His legendary ascension from prisoner to President is the stuff of fairytales. In this time of international mourning, our leaders should wipe their crocodile tears and reflect upon their actions, or lack thereof, in fulfilling the promise of racial equality which Nelson Mandela stood for. Mandela may no longer be with us, but his legacy, his message and his estimable struggle live on. They reside inside all of us who acknowledge that the pursuit of integration and equity belongs not in the apartheid past in a foreign land but in the bosom of our beloved nation.

Canada's Workers Are On The Move

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canadians are on the move and heading West in massive numbers in the quest for high-paying jobs and low taxes, a Bank of Montreal report sugg...

We Love Our Jobs

CBC | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

Canadian workers are among the happiest in the world, with nearly two-thirds saying they love or like their job a lot, according a study for job websi...

Why Having a 'Contract' Job Instead of a Permanent One is a Good Thing

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Some people chose to work part-time or temporary contracts. But even for those looking for a full-time and permanent job, staffing services offer a leg up. It is especially true for immigrants, the reason being that when they graduated or were trained abroad, they have a harder time convincing future employers of their skills. Staffing services provide an opportunity to be evaluated on the job.