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Consider Hiring a Newcomer

Peterborough opened its doors to many Syrian refugees in 2016.  As an employer, consider opening your doors to a new talent pool.  To help you prepare, check out the Employer Guide to Hiring Newcomers 2016 produced by seven different agencies.  The resource provides a profile of the Syrian refugees, details on hiring and onboarding support [...]

Explore the Feasibility of Telecommuting (a.k.a Telework)

With technology comes opportunities to do our work differently.  Some workplaces are moving toward having their employees work from home.  Depending on what line of business your workplace is in, think about the pros and cons of telecommuting (a.k.a. telework).  To start the “pro” list, check out the list below taken from an article in [...]

Learn How to Create Accessible Meetings

There are many requirements under the Accessibility of Ontario with Disabilities Act (AODA).  For general details regarding those requirements and timelines, visit the AODA site.  To learn more about making your meetings accessible, check out this guide: Guide to Conducting Accessible Meetings. Source:  Peterborough County-City Health Unit

Be Open to Where and How Work Happens

The Government of Canada, through the Public Works and Government Services department, has been looking at what the physical workplace of the 21st century needs to be.  They call their initiative Workplace 2.0 and it looks at how to use today’s technologies into our work and our work environments.  Click here to learn more. New [...]

What is Corporate Social Responsibility?

There is no clear definition of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) but it usually involves an organization taking societal issues like the economy, the environment and the social culture into consideration when implementing workplace practices.  Some examples might include having a policy around responsible purchasing of equipment and supplies, making a commitment to recycle and reduce waste or picking a “cause” [...]

Encourage Employees to Shop for Local Healthy Foods

Let your employees know about these great resources that will help them locate healthy, local foods: Food in Peterborough! · Get involved with different food projects or become a member of local food cooperatives or community gardens (www.pcchu.ca/food). Community gardens · Work with your staff to start, support or get involved with local projects to [...]

EmployerRegistry.ca – Connecting Employers and Tomorrow’s Workforce

EmployerRegistry.ca is an online community connecting businesses across Ontario with students through a range of exciting learning opportunities.  Using Web 2.0 technology, EmployerRegistry.ca makes it easy for employers and educators to work together to help define tomorrow’s workforce. Employers can: Express your interest in helping by registering for programs like Career Talks, Co-op or the [...]

Making It Work – A CMHA Program

With one in four Canadians dealing with a mental illness at some point in their lives, many of us can say that we know someone who has dealt with stigma and the desire to contribute to society but only meets up with roadblocks.  With proper supports, an individual living with a mental illness can be a valuable employee.  Be [...]

Shifting Gears Challenge

Every May, workplaces in the Peterborough area are encouraged to participate in the Shifting Gears Challenge.   This year, the challenge has expanded to be a community challenge and there is still a workplace component.  The idea is to get as many employees signed up as possible and for the month of May, they walk, cycle, [...]

Workplace Parties–Being a Responsible Host

Many workplaces host parties to celebrate events and certain times of the year. At some of these parties, alcohol will be served. There are risks and liabilities if you are a host, organizer or sponsor of an event where alcohol is served. It is important that you take steps to protect your employees and guests (and [...]

Giving Back: Volunteer Opportunities

Encourage your employees to volunteer in the community during work hours by giving them time off with pay.  Businesses already implementing this idea are setting aside one to four days per year to support their employees in participating in volunteer activities. According to a report from Imagine Canada here are a few reasons why it benefits you [...]

Fitness Clean Up (Kit)

Walking, jogging, and club sports aren’t for everyone.  For individuals who prefer to take a more creative path towards physical fitness, there are many activities that combine exercise with other tasks.  The Fitness Clean-Up challenges employees to work together to collect litter from local green space.  In doing so, participants will be surprised to learn [...]

Giving Back: Sponsorship Opportunities

As an organization, support your community by sponsoring a charitable fundraising event and/or a sports team. You could also give in-kind donations to a local fundraising charity (eg. an item for a silent auction or supplying the door prizes for a fundraising event). Giving programs create a positive experience for both the employees and the [...]

Opening Your Door to Youth

Invite students into the workplace to complete their community service hours, do their co-op placement, work for the summer,  shadow an employee for the day or do their student workday. Employees can teach the students about what they do in the workplace and what they do for the community. Students will bring a new, fresh [...]

At Work Vegetable Garden

Consider converting any available green space at your workplace into a vegetable garden. Employees can volunteer to plant and care for the garden. Depending on how much is grown and harvested, vegetables can be shared among the staff and/or community neighbours or donated to the local food bank or shelter.  If a garden plot is not available, [...]

Establish a Workplace Walking Route

As a strategy to encourage employees to take walking breaks, map a 10-minute walking route that explores the streets and landmarks around your workplace.  Advertise the route to interested employees using posters and maps.  As a fitness and promotional activity, host team walking challenges along the route. Source: County of Lambton, Community Health Services Department

Run or Walk for Charity

Represent your workplace by participating in various fundraisers for charities and local community events (eg. Heart and Stroke, Cancer Society, AIDS Walk for Life). This is a great way to be physically active and support a good cause. Source: Brant County Health Unit