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The Evolving Workplace
The workplace is changing with a growing number of workers in Canada
being part-time, temporary, working on contract, holding multiple jobs
or self-employed. And the workforce is also changing due to
aging, increase in women working, and ethnic diversity. What are the
effects of increasingly more precarious employment? How do these changes
impact the health and safety of workers?
Gaps in Protection, Accountability and Responsibility for OH&S in the Changing
How do our existing laws and traditional definitions apply to contingent work arrangements including increasing self-employment, temporary workers and multiple worksite employers? The changing workplace presents gaps in worker protection and raises the question of who is accountable and responsible for health and safety in the workplace. Do workers with part-time, seasonal or temporary employment have access to the same OH&S Standards as permanent employees? Does the OH&S Legislation fully protect them?
Standing Still is Not An Option: Why Organizations Need to Focus on Employee Wellbeing
In 1991 Duxbury and Higgins surveyed 37,000 employed Canadians. A second survey of 33,000 Canadians was done in 2001. This talk uses data from these surveys to address the following questions: What is the current status with respect to workplace health and wellbeing in Canada? Why should organizations care about employee wellbeing? Why is it particularly important at this point in time? How can interested employers address these issues? What can employees themselves do? Topics covered in this talk include issues associated with workloads and office technology, the link between employee wellbeing and recruitment, retention and succession planning, and cultural change within organizations.
What is "in" the workplace is changing. Rapidly changing technologies
and increasing complexity and inter-relatedness of systems are having
impacts on workplaces and the risks of injuries. What are the new and
emerging risks? What strategies in equipment design and workplace
systems and processes can be deployed to control the hazards and
increase the safety of workers?