Resources

Social Responsibility

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” [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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