Mid-career workers are higher education’s next challenge

The traditional student no longer exists. That means we need to find ways to encourage and fund lifelong learning

Mid-career workers are higher education’s next challengeWith a host of transformational challenges putting pressure on labour markets, a line from Robert Atkinson and Jeffrey Brown’s latest paper struck me: “Nothing about the future of work is inevitable.” Their paper is intended to reaffirm that in the face of structural change, coming impacts can be mitigated through dedicated effort and smart policy.…

How to nail the ‘Tell me about yourself’ job interview question

Answer in professional terms primarily; prepare, rehearse and then relax. Just let your personality and qualifications shine through

How to nail the ‘Tell me about yourself’ job interview questionOne question always makes an appearance at job interviews: “Tell me about yourself.” Almost without exceptions, candidates struggle to come up with a good answer. It’s almost as challenging as that other dreaded interview question: “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Fortunately, there are ways to answer that are sure to impress any…

Does Canada’s food processing industry face death by regulation?

The trust gap between industry and government has grown, and they’re butting heads more frequently

Does Canada’s food processing industry face death by regulation?Food industries need to be regulated. But the delicate balance between protecting the public and supporting industrial growth may have reached a tipping point in Canada. In the Western world, governments successfully play the anti-business card by implementing regulations so consumers feel someone is looking out for them. But governments are also flirting with populist…

Stretching out our work lives as lifespans extend

Authors describe an evolving economy that includes people working into their 80s, based on a life expectancy of 100 years

Stretching out our work lives as lifespans extendLiving to 100 years old used to be an amazing and rare accomplishment. Three-digit birthdays were worthy of a letter from Queen Elizabeth. But today’s children five years old or younger have a 50 per cent chance of making it to 100. This amazing fact is pointed out in a book by Lynda Gratton and…

Immigration key to solving Canada’s looming labour market crunch

Due to its aging population and low fertility rate, Canada needs new sources of talent: Conference Board of Canada

Immigration key to solving Canada’s looming labour market crunchImmigration is central to countering the impending labour market crunch in Canada, says a report released on Friday by the Conference Board of Canada. The report, Can’t Go It Alone, said that by 2030 all 9.2 million of Canada's baby boomers will have reached retirement age – placing Canada under economic and fiscal pressure. “Can't…

Minimum wage hikes just push up need for government spending

Government intervention becomes necessary when goods and services are made too expensive as a result of wage hikes

Minimum wage hikes just push up need for government spendingMinimum wage hikes by provincial governments across Canada last year were sold as policy intended to make life easier for workers. However, advocates overlooked some of the negative of the policy. Now they’re prescribing yet more government interventions to remedy the problems caused by the wage hike. When the Ontario government hiked the minimum wage…

Energy efficiency jobs growing in Canada

ECO Canada report says labour market shortages remain a problem

Energy efficiency jobs growing in CanadaCanada’s energy efficiency goods and services sector is poised to create 36,000 jobs this year, growing by 8.3 per cent, according to a report released on Monday by ECO Canada. The report said the sector directly employed about 436,000 permanent workers in 2018 across approximately 51,000 businesses across six industries. The report cited construction, manufacturing,…

Helping small business owners plan their exit

Elizabeth MacRae of Commercial Ventures talks about helping owners plan, prepare and execute the sale of their business

Helping small business owners plan their exitElizabeth MacRae is president of Commercial Ventures. What is Commercial Ventures and what do you do? MacRae: We are a boutique consulting firm, with a holistic model, devoted to helping small business owners plan, prepare and execute a sale of their business. How prepared are most business owners to exit their businesses in the future?…

Finding our way through the work maze to retirement

Business leaders need to create a culture where everyone contributes with passion and where everyone can plan for their future

Finding our way through the work maze to retirementA girl recently told me she wants to quit her job – she doesn’t want to work any more or go to school. “It sounds like you want to retire,” I said. “What would you do with all your time?” “I might want to do some travelling or play basketball,” she said. “I really don’t…

Turning your job into your mission in life

How do you deal with unhappiness at work? You find meaning and value in what you do

Turning your job into your mission in lifeA recent study said 47 per cent of Canadians are unhappy in their jobs. Many cite lack of pay as the main reason but it’s not the only factor. Many find the work environment difficult or say their work lacks meaning. Of course, leaving a job isn’t necessarily a good thing. It can take significant…