For the 13th consecutive year, CareerXroads, the American recruitment consultancy organization, has examined how businesses go about recruiting employees. The figures show an increase in sourcing and a decrease in referencing, which remains the top source of external recruiting.
Studies show that perceived uncertainty about job security has a direct impact on employee productivity, and even on their physical health. Another study showed that being afraid of losing your job makes you a less attentive worker... and therefore more likely to have an accident.
Caught between their parents' generation and their children's, Canadians in the sandwich generation would need $560,000 more to be able to enjoy their ideal retirement lifestyle. A survey conducted by BMO Nesbitt Burns has found that this part of the workforce faces a stressful situation and that there are disparities in terms of family responsibilities and financial goals across Canada.
Companies will have to apply more efforts to better accommodate LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders). According to the results of a survey on diversity at work sponsored by Sodexo, Canadians expect more and more to change in an inclusive workplace. The approach may prove profitable for companies.
The latest ranking from the Institute for Management Development (IMD) has just been released. There is little change in the top 10 from 2013. The United States remains in the lead. They are followed by Switzerland, Singapore and Hong-Kong, while Canada remains in 7th place.
According to a recent survey published by CareerBuilder, 58% of Canadian workers interviewed feel that they have a job without a real career plan. The survey also showed that 57% of them are satisfied with their present job, mainly due to the presence of their co-workers!
Employee health and well-being is important since it affects their productivity. Yet Canadian employers seem to forget. In fact, 40% of those interviewed in the Workmonitor study by Randstad Canada believe that their company does not promote a balanced lifestyle.
The skills shortage between supply and demand on the labour market has proved to be a major concern for Canadian workers this year. The 2014 job market trends survey, conducted by Randstad Canada in collaboration with Ipsos Reid among 2,076 employees and managers across the country, also shows that the skilled trades (plumbers, electricians, etc.) suffer the most from labour scarcity. The phenomenon is mainly due to ignorance and a poor image of these jobs.
A minority of SME leaders are supported by an advisory board. The main obstacle to implementing such an arrangement is the work needed. This is even though it would improve growth and productivity. This is what is shown by the results of the first Canadian study on the effect of advisory boards published by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and conducted among 1,000 SME leaders across the country.