Learning from the Best: Leveraging the Practices of Top Work Units in the BC Public Service

May 31st, 2017

The BC Public Service Agency sought to understand how to better foster employee engagement in the BC Public Service. Towards this end, the agency commissioned BC Stats to study and interview the most engaged public service work units to find out … Continue reading

Sustaining people with dementia or mild cognitive impairment in employment: A systematic review of qualitative evidence

May 23rd, 2017

The World Health Organization estimates that 35.6 million people worldwide early onset dementia and of these, 10 per cent are under 65 years of age and potentially still in the workplace. In the face of an aging population and workforce, … Continue reading

Behavioral Interventions to Help Workers Keep their Jobs after an Injury or Illness

May 14th, 2017

For many individuals with health problems that threaten their ability to work, the decision to leave their jobs—either permanently or temporarily—is often made without fully understanding the short- and long-term effects of joblessness on their health and well-being. As a … Continue reading

Work Based Learning for Youth at Risk: Getting Employers on Board

April 12th, 2017

One in six young people in OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries is not in employment, education or training, and of these, two-thirds are not actively looking for work, thus raising both immediate and longer-term challenges for individuals … Continue reading

How Behavioral Insights Can Help Policymakers Improve Programs

April 12th, 2017

Employment programs often do not work as intended owing to behavioural responses of clients to different aspects of the programs. For example, some people do not participate in all available services offered by a program, or others drop out of … Continue reading

NCWD/Youth’s Innovative Strategies (for helping youth with disabilities find jobs)

March 30th, 2017

The National Collaborative for Workplace Diversity for Youth (or NCWD/Youth) is a US-based initiative that was formed to respond to the challenge that many youth with disabilities have in finding gainful employment. Composed of partners in disability, education, employment and … Continue reading

Improving the School-to-Work Transitions of Youth in Canada: A Scoping Review

March 30th, 2017

Improving youth school-to-work (STW) transitions is an important, though challenging, way of reducing high unemployment, underemployment and precarious employment among youth. This report by Donnalee Bell, Krista Benes and Dave Redekop of Life-Role Development Group Ltd. identifies the causes of … Continue reading

How & Why: Workforce Development Program Pre-assessment

February 22nd, 2017

Successful workforce development programs are built on a clear understanding of current and future community needs, which can best be obtained through pre-assessment. A community pre-assessment consists of collecting and analyzing data from funders, practitioners and potential beneficiaries to identify the needs … Continue reading

Do Youth Employment Programs Improve Labour Market Outcomes? A Systematic Multi-National Review

February 22nd, 2017

The youth unemployment rate worldwide remains high at 13% compared to pre-recession levels, despite some improvement in the overall economy and the implementation of active labour market measures to connect youth to jobs. While previous studies have synthesized the evaluation … Continue reading

Changing Workforce: The Case for Diversity in Canada’s Trucking Industry

December 30th, 2016

Canada’s growing trucking sector is facing significant shortages in such key positions as drivers and mechanics, owing to turnover, ageing, and insufficient supply. To help meet the industry’s current and future labour needs, this report by Trucking HR Canada makes … Continue reading

Assessing the Evidence Base: Strategies That Support Employment for Low-Income Adults

November 30th, 2016

Over the past 25 years, there has been a plethora of research on public interventions intended to improve employment conditions for low-income adults. However, the sheer volume of the evidence generated has made it difficult to identify the most reliable … Continue reading

Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE)

December 8th, 2015

The IASE is a not-for-profit organization established in 1994 to promote supported employment in Ireland. The IASE promotes supported employment at a national level, to job seekers, employers, disability and other services, policy makers and the general public. The IASE … Continue reading

Employers’ Toolkit: Making Ontario Workplaces Accessible to People With Disabilities

November 25th, 2015

The Conference Board of Canada partnered with the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario’s EnAbling Change program to develop a toolkit that is designed “to help employers tap into a vibrant and underutilized labour pool—people with disabilities.” It provides “practical advice to … Continue reading

Supporting Employee Success

November 24th, 2015

Supporting Employee Success is a free, bilingual online resource that was developed by occupational health professionals for the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace. The toolkit was commissioned by the Centre to provide employers and practitioners working … Continue reading

Strengthening Rural Canada

November 12th, 2015

Strengthening Rural Canada is a comprehensive study of the challenges and opportunities facing Canada’s rural communities. Using the most recent Census and National Household Survey data, the initiative examines existing social and human capital dimensions in rural areas and how these factors will impact rural growth. Continue reading

Employment of People with Developmental Disabilities in Canada: Six Key Elements for an Inclusive Labour Market

November 3rd, 2015

Prior research has well-documented the fact that the employment rate for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities continues to remain the lowest of all people with disabilities in Canada (Crawford, 2004, 2005, & 2011; Statistics Canada 2008), hovering in the … Continue reading

Beyond the Business Case: The Employer’s Role in tackling Youth Unemployment

November 2nd, 2015

This paper from the United Kingdom explores the benefits to employers from hiring youth and provides several concrete recommendations for employing young staff. While some businesses don’t see the business case for employing young people, the article points out a … Continue reading

Employers Guide to Partnering with Disability Employment Services

September 23rd, 2014

This is a simple guide book to assist Australian businesses to better understand and partner with disability employment services to recruit from the entire talent pool and make it easier for candidates with disabilities to get and keep jobs. Continue reading

Absence and Disability Management Practices for an Aging Workforce

September 23rd, 2014

This study is focused on how professionals providing absence and disability management services and their organizations are responding to the aging workforce. It outlines some of the leading practices and challenges the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) has observed for … Continue reading

Bridging the Gap: A Comparative Assessment of Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Practices with Transition-Age Youth

August 26th, 2014

This document uses a case study approach to explore the variety of approaches of services delivered to youth with disabilities during the transition time from school to work. This research study applies to career practitioners as it outlines several strategies … Continue reading

Business Benefits of Accessible Workplaces

August 7th, 2014

This briefing focuses on the benefits and returns that accrue when organizations invest in accessible employment practices. This article is aimed at helping businesses to be more accessible for people with disabilities. While it discusses many ideas from the Accessibility … Continue reading

Leveling the Playing Field: Attracting, Engaging, and Advancing People with Disabilities

August 7th, 2014

This report takes a comprehensive look at the business case for employing people with disabilities and details the steps companies can take to change their hiring practices to promote a more inclusive workforce. The report’s key objectives are to raise … Continue reading

Improving the Participation of Under-Utilized Talent of People with Disabilities in the Canadian Labour Market

August 7th, 2014

This research publication is about identifying policies, programs and employment programs to promote the inclusion of people with physical disabilities in the workforce. This publication is targeted at three audiences: vocational rehabilitation and employment service providers; employers; and business leaders … Continue reading

Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Workplaces for People with Disabilities: Overview of Issues and Good Practices

September 27th, 2013

Learn about recruiting and retaining people with disabilities to make the workplace more inclusive in the non-profit sector. The guide covers various topics including business case for hiring people with disabilities, and challenges and barriers to creating a more inclusive workplace. Continue reading

Diversity Training for Employers: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

September 27th, 2013

Features diversity training videos for employers. The training videos cover topics such as raising cultural awareness in the workplace and tapping into immigrant talents that will help employers learn more about the benefits of hiring and integrating immigrants into the Canadian workplace. Continue reading

The Employer’s Roadmap: Hiring and Retaining Internationally Trained Workers

May 13th, 2013

Designed to help small- and medium-sized employers in Canada recruit, hire, and retain skilled immigrants. The guides provide labour market information and tools that would support employers in addressing skills shortage nationally and in different parts of B.C. through recruitment and training of skilled immigrants. Continue reading

Supporting Employers Embracing Diversity (SEED)

May 9th, 2013

Provides employers with resources to recruit and orient skilled immigrants to further enhance cultural diversity within the workplace. The toolkit provides tips, strategies, and other resources on recruitment, mentorship, and career development opportunities that would help employers recruit skilled immigrants and train employees for diversity and inclusion. Continue reading

Paving the Way to Lasting Employment: A Manual and Twelve Interactive Training Videos

February 15th, 2013

Reinforces essential skills and soft skills that are pertinent for employers and employees to succeed at work. The guide includes online links to twelve training videos and synopsis of essential and soft skills that have been identified through surveys and interviews with small businesses. Continue reading

Understanding the Value, Challenges, and Opportunities of Engaging Métis, Inuit, and First Nations Workers

February 12th, 2013

Addresses the challenges employers face when engaging Aboriginal workers in Canada. Employers who are willing to learn more about Aboriginal population in Canada and want to hire and train Aboriginal people may find this report useful, as the report provides a good overview of Aboriginal employment in Canada. Continue reading

Ready and Able: Addressing Labor Market Needs and Building Productive Careers for People with Disabilities Through Collaborative Approaches

January 2nd, 2013

The study examined various approaches taken by employers to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities, promising practices in advancing disability employment, and lessons learned from different partnership models and strategies. Continue reading

Immigrant-Friendly Businesses – Effective Practices for Attracting, Integrating, and Retaining Immigrants in Canadian Workplaces

December 31st, 2012

Provides employers who are interested in hiring immigrants with different approaches to attracting, integrating, and retaining immigrant talent. The report addresses challenges employers face in attracting and retaining immigrants, and how employers can implement programs to help immigrants integrate at work. Continue reading

Orientation, Retention and Promotion – A Guide for Building Welcoming and Inclusive Workplaces for New Immigrant Workers

December 28th, 2012

This guide is useful for employers who are interested in hiring immigrant workers. The guide includes step-by-step process for recruitment and hiring immigrants, and resources such as tips and strategies employers can refer to for more information on developing cultural diversity policies and retaining immigrant workers. Continue reading

Literature Review on Job Retention and Career Progression for Persons with Disabilities in Canada and Internationally

December 19th, 2012

The study examined general and disability-related literatures to measure interrelationships between disability and job retention, and career progress. Thematic reviews and meta-analysis of these literatures focused on four dimensions at micro and macro level. Continue reading

WorkBC Employer’s Toolkit: Under the Labour Radar – Aboriginal People, Youth, Women and Persons with Disabilities

December 11th, 2012

Provides profiles of specialized population groups focusing on Aboriginal people, youth, women, and people with disabilities. This easy-to-read resource booklet has recruitment and retention tips, workplace checklist, sample interview questions, and relevant statistics on specialized population groups for employers. Continue reading

Making It Work: On-the Job Training in Apprenticeship

November 27th, 2012

Provides information for employers on how to develop successful on-the-job training for apprentices. The guide includes examples of best practices, sample training plan that would help employers identify training objectives, and checklist for employers and apprentices to use to evaluate the on-the-job training program. Continue reading

Workplace Informal Learning Matrix (WILM)

November 26th, 2012

An assessment tool that is designed to assess the on-the-job learning at workplace based on essential skills and other measures such as workplace culture and accomodation to diversity and culture. The tool includes rubrics for each skill measured for both employers and career practitioners to use. Continue reading

Access to Success: A Guide for Employers

November 26th, 2012

Offers examples of best practices and successful initiatives directed at hiring and managing post-secondary students with disabilities. These examples highlight what some ‘role model’ employers are doing right and provide a case for other organizations and businesses to follow suit. Continue reading

WorkBC Employer’s Toolkit: Diversity at Work – Recruiting and Retaining Immigrants

November 26th, 2012

A toolkit designed to assist employers in recruiting and hiring immigrants, and in creating a more inclusive workplace. Employers can use Diversity Thermometer in the booklet to measure the ‘temperature’ of their work environment to find out the level of openness within the organization. Continue reading

Hiring and Retaining Skilled Immigrants: A Cultural Competence Toolkit

November 26th, 2012

Designed to help HR practitioners, hiring managers, and employers reach out to skilled immigrants, understand their needs and cultural differences, and promote organizational diversity. The employers and HR professionals may find the assessment tools in this toolkit especially useful when conducting recruitment and hiring processes involving skilled immigrants. Continue reading

Recruiting and Retaining Persons with Disabilities in British Columbia: An Employer Handbook

November 20th, 2012

Provides practical information for employers who are looking to hire persons with disabilities or wanting to create a more inclusive workplace. This comprehensive handbook gives businesses step-by-step instructions, checklists, and tips on how to approach recruiting persons with disabilities and how to better accomodate them. Continue reading