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Overseeing from Afar: Managing a Remote Workforce

We’re all still working out the rapid transition towards remote work and managing people who work from our original workplaces and those who are now working from home. The COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath have spurred a change in workplace culture unlike anything that has been seen in decades, and it is likely to have implications long after a vaccine has been widely distributed and social distance no longer dictates our lives. While many organizations have reported that they’ve been able to maintain relatively high levels of productivity and efficiency while working remotely, there are likely going to be many more obstacles to overcome. As remote work becomes the norm rather than the exception, HR departments, managers, and company leaders are going to need to get creative when it comes to motivating their teams and attracting the best talent in the business.



Making Virtual Meetings Real and Really Good
We have all been in the Zoom meeting where the little kid photobombs the main presenter or a key question gets lost underneath the mute button. Those are just some of the most common mistakes as we transition towards more and more virtual and online meetings.


Women Remain Underrepresented In Canadian Boardrooms
Improved “comply or explain” disclosure requirements have failed to accelerate the entry of women into corporate boardrooms. The rate at which women are being invited into Canada’s boardrooms remains slow.


Remote Work Creating Barriers to Inclusion as Pandemic Continues
Feelings of isolation and alienation are plaguing workforces across the world as remote work spurred by the global pandemic continues. A recent research study revealed a multitude of employee concerns in regards to working from home.





    

Positive Outlook For Canada’s Residential Construction Industry

Canadians Concerned About the Impacts of Major Health Event and Coverage

Setting New Sustainability Standards: 'Canada's Greenest Employers'

Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters reiterate that they can contribute to the vaccination efforts

WCT Introduces New Free Diversity and Inclusion Resource

Providing youth on the autism spectrum with skills and training to enter the workforce



 

    News

BC: Paid leave for workers to get COVID-19 vaccine

AB: Supporting Working Parents

AB: Paid Leave for COVID-19 Vaccinations

SK: Supporting Economic Growth And Recovery In Indigenous Communities

ON: Prov. Invests in New and Expanded Rapid Training Programs

ON: Workplace Inspectors to Visit 1,300 Construction Sites

NS: Support to Help Nova Scotians Connect to the Workforce

NF: Students Getting to Work with Enhanced Employment Programs

NF: Job Creation Partnerships to Feature Increased Living Allowance

This Month
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Finding Solutions Faster
Focus 90% of your time on solutions and only 10% of your time on problems.

features
Overseeing from Afar: Managing a Remote Workforce
As remote work becomes the norm rather than the exception, HR departments, managers, and company leaders are going to need to get creative when it comes to motivating their teams and attracting the best talent in the business.
Making Virtual Meetings Real and Really Good
Here are some helpful hints to make your virtual meetings more real and more effective.


law
Pandemic Pay Cut Meant Engineer Was Constructively Dismissed
Cutting a woman’s compensation by 20% because of the economic slowdown altered her employment terms.
Regular COVID-19 Testing Upheld as a Reasonable Management Right
‘Given the seriousness of an outbreak, waiting to act until that happens is not a reasonable option,” an arbitrator found.
Professional Association Did Not Discriminate Against International Applicant
The woman could not prove her overseas credentials were equivalent to ones in Canada.

strategies
Women Remain Underrepresented In Canadian Boardrooms
New research finds that disclosure requirements are not having their intended impact.
Building a 'Future-Ready Workforce' Will be Crucial as We Emerge from the Pandemic
To thrive post-pandemic, organizations need to address the skills gap while also helping employees develop their enduring capabilities like teamwork, critical thinking and resilience.

Shop Talk
Remote Work Creating Barriers to Inclusion and Belonging as Pandemic Continues
New survey results find employee health and wellness is severely at risk with 83 per cent of respondents feeling disconnected from their workplace culture
On the home front: Remote work may widen inequality in Canada
Many people are managing to work from home, but parents of young children, newcomers and young workers face greater challenges



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