Learning to adapt to the growing gig economy

The labour market is changing. creating opportunity and putting pressure on business and government to adapt

Learning to adapt to the growing gig economyThe rise of the gig or sharing economy is one of the most visible trends shaping the contemporary labour market. Most gig jobs fall into the category of contingent work. Such work can be contrasted with a traditional job, in which a person has a durable and structured employment relationship with a specific employer. Today,…

The rise of steel collar workers, the end of blue collar workers

Automation is taking over the workplace. That means our education system must adapt. So must the students seeking marketable skills

The rise of steel collar workers, the end of blue collar workersMy bank machine just wished me a happy birthday. It wasn’t the exact day but it asked me: Did you think we would forget that your birthday is this month? This struck me as just one more example of automation taking over what people used to do. No biological being had yet wished me a…

How the Canadian oil and gas workforce is changing

Alberta has an abundance of job vacancies to be filled by new graduates and seasoned professionals with the will to adapt

How the Canadian oil and gas workforce is changingNot too many years ago, Alberta’s economy was stable with an abundance of work. But as the oil and gas economy declined in 2014, industry-related work changed in Fort McMurray, Edmonton, Calgary and elsewhere. Trade workers from Eastern Canada moved back home, impacting real estate sales and rental vacancies. Doubt about the provincial economy settled…

How human capital is turning our economic system on its head

The rise of the intangible economy has upset the industrial applecart, rendering many basic assumptions redundant

How human capital is turning our economic system on its headA recent New York Times article (6 Reasons That Pay Has Lagged Behind U.S. Job Growth) highlights a great mystery: persistent wage stagnation. As the U.S. job market tightens, economic theory suggests wages should rise – it's all about supply and demand. Problem is, wages in the U.S. have largely been flat for decades. Many…

Young, educated Indigenous talent is ready

Canadians are retiring in unprecedented numbers and young couples are having fewer babies. Here's how we can fill the workforce gaps

Young, educated Indigenous talent is readyBy Jock Finlayson and Kristine St.-Laurent Business Council of B.C. The latest Canadian census revealed three major population trends: we’re having fewer babies, progressively more baby boomers are transitioning into retirement and most people are living longer. Together, these trends point towards a population that’s greying faster than at any time in Canadian history. Overall, it’s a good…

Organizations rethinking the 9-to-5 workplace model

Employers stand to benefit through a more engaged workforce and increased employee retention, according to a Conference Board of Canada report

Organizations rethinking the 9-to-5 workplace modelThe 9-to-5 traditional work model in Canada is no longer the norm for many Canadian organizations. In recent years, the trend has been toward more flexible work arrangements that can include flexible working hours, remote work and compressed work weeks. Organizations have increasingly provided those options to attract and retain employees. In fact, a recent…

What protects workers from being exploited by business?

It’s not a too-generous minimum wage. It's the desire of other employers to hire workers whose value is beyond their current pay

What protects workers from being exploited by business?Some people think it’s the government that protects workers, through minimum wage laws and regulations that ensure workers get a decent living wage and good working conditions. But in reality, minimum wages and labour regulations don’t protect workers at all – they actually reduce the protection workers enjoy. Take the case of a low-skilled worker…

Quit blaming workers for rising inflation

By raising interest rates, central bankers are moving away from one of their prime purposes: to maximize employment

Quit blaming workers for rising inflationFinancial markets were in a tizzy last week. The Dow Jones industrial average wobbled, falling over 1,500 points in near-panic selling over several days. And then, as if on cue, stock markets all over the world were soon 'correcting' with the Dow. What caused markets to fall? According to the experts, there were several root…

One-quarter of Shaw Communications staff seek buyouts

'We expect the business to continue to operate in the normal course with no impact on customer experience,' the company says

One-quarter of Shaw Communications staff seek buyouts Calgary-based Shaw Communications Inc. announced on Thursday that 25 per cent of its workforce, or 3,300 employees, have elected to take part in the company's recently-announced voluntary departure program. The program is the first step in the company's multi-year Total Business Transformation initiative, “designed to reinvent its operating model to better meet the changing tastes…

Gain big business focus by looking at individual details

What each staff member does is important. The more employees work together to enhance their contributions, the better for the business as a whole

Gain big business focus by looking at individual detailsIs what you do really important? I recently helped a business conduct a meeting with their employees. As the meeting started, I tried to understand the participants and their positions in the company. After writing their names and job descriptions on the board, I asked: “What would happen if you didn’t do your job?” This intriguing…