RBC criticized for layoffs and outsourcing jobs

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Description: RBC’s Chief Human Resources Officer, Zabeen Hirji, responds to allegations of outsourcing jobs to overseas workers. Source: CBC Date: April 07 2013 Video link:  http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2373110556/ Questions for Discussion: What were the justifications given by Zabeen Hirji for layoffs and for hiring temporary overseas workers? Do you agree with her explanations? Do companies need to… Read more »

Discouraging job numbers for Canada

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Description: Nearly 55,000 jobs were lost in Canada during the month of March 2013. This is in contrast to the rise in the number of jobs for the month of February 2013. Source: CBC Date: April 05 2013 Video link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2371637436/ Questions for Discussion: Why are the job numbers in Canada fluctuating so much? Do… Read more »

Will a second job hurt your full-time job?

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Description: During an economic recession, more people take up second jobs to make ends meet. However, a secondary job can have several drawbacks that can result in employees losing their full-time jobs. Employees should be careful when planning for a secondary job. Source: Financial Post Date: March 25 2013 Video link:  http://business.financialpost.com/2013/03/25/will-working-a-second-job-put-your-career-at-risk/  Questions for Discussion:… Read more »

Yahoo boss under fire for banning employees from working from home

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Description: Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo Inc., is under fire for banning its employees from working from home. In what people are calling a ‘step backward’, Marissa Mayer feels that speed and quality are compromised when people work from home. Source: Financial Post Date: February 26 2013 Text link:  http://business.financialpost.com/2013/02/26/a-giant-leap-backward-marissa-mayer-under-fire-for-banning-employees-from-working-from-home/  Questions for Discussion: Do you… Read more »

Good news in the job market

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Description: Latest news suggests that many new jobs have been created both in Canada and the U.S. These numbers have surpassed expectations. Source: CBC Date: March 8 2013 Video link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2341643160/ Questions for Discussion: Does this news signal that the economy seems to be on the rebound? How confident can we be that these numbers… Read more »

Besides money, what else motivates workers?

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Description: Nadia Goodman mentions three additional things that can motivate workers just as much as money. Money alone is not sufficient to motivate workers and in some cases when not used properly, monetary rewards can also demotivate workers.    Source: The Globe and Mail Date: November 29 2012 Text: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/sb-managing/human-resources/three-things-that-motivate-workers-just-as-much-as-money/article5767029/ Questions for Discussion: Do you… Read more »

Work-Life Balance

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Description: A recent survey of 25,000 full-time Canadian workers reveal that Canadian employers are making it increasingly difficult for their employees to balance work and life. Canadians are working longer hours and are taking more work home. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: October 26 2012 Link http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/editorials/companies-need-to-do-more-to-balance-employees-work-life-obligations/article4678720/ Questions for Discussion: Why is maintaining work-life… Read more »

Air Canada Strike

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Description: Labour Minister Lisa Raitt addresses media on the government’s action to prevent the Air Canada strike. Also, the Air Canada workers in Montreal discuss how their rights are being impeded. Source: The Globe and Mail Video Date:  March 12, 2012 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/video/video-air-canada-workers-rally/article2367215/ Questions for Discussion: Do you think the government is right to stop… Read more »

Hiring practices among immigrant population in Canada

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The labor productivity of Canada (production per hour of work) is much lower than the other industrialized countries. It has increased an average of 0.5% since 2005 compared to an average of 2.1% in U.S. Unemployment rate among Canadians born in Canada is 7.5% compared to 15.8% for Immigrant population who is in Canada for… Read more »