For several years – long before the COVID pandemic’s impact on the workforce – I have been talking and writing about the impending workforce shortages in Canada. The following image provides a very real sense of what is happening to
Compensation Planning – What’s New for 2022?
“Show me the Money!” (Jerry Maguire) As organizations enter budget season, governments announce large inflation rate increases and the great resignation is underway, we are still managing our way through COVID-19. The pressure on people hasn’t let up by much,
The Grey Tsunami
About 6 weeks ago I wrote about the impact of the aging Boomer generation on workplaces. This blog expands on that topic. The baby boom, which began shortly after the end of the second world war lasted 18 years in
Are You Prepared for the Possibility of the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Please note: The Government of Canada still (at February 26/2020) considers the public health risk associated with Covid-19 to be low. See https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html for updates. Pandemics are: the worldwide spread of a new disease, unpredictable but recurring events that
Unpaid Caregiving and Employer Challenges
Every day, along with their day jobs, about 25% (5 million employees) of Canada’s workforce are also providing unpaid physical, cognitive and/or mental health care for family members. On average those people are adding the equivalent of a half time
REALLY????? ………. STILL!!??!!
The first Equal Pay for Equal Work legislation was enacted in Canada in 1956 – that’s 54 years ago. The first Pay Equity legislation was in 1977 – that’s 43 years ago. Those two types of legislation are intended to
Ghosts in the Workforce
My best estimate is about 3.6 million ghosts in the void between Canada’s Labour Force and the Labour Force Participation Rate. They are the not still-in-school, retired, employed and unemployed members of the Labour Force. If we assume that 50%
Alligators and Alienation
The following visual comparison of average weekly wages and CPI (proxy for cost of living) instantly made me think of “when you are up to your ass in alligators it is hard to remember ….” The differences in wages as
Which Industries Pay Best?
Statistics Canada tracks the average weekly wage for Canada, the provinces, and territories. The data is tracked by Sector (Goods Producing and Services Producing) and by Industry using the North American Industry Classification System. The average weekly wages for Goods
Labour Force Information
Every month the Federal and Provincial Governments provide information about the employment and unemployment statistics, average weekly wage, and job vacancies along with a variety of other economic data. The monthly Labour Force Statistics provide month over month and year