A Short Guide to Building Your Team’s Critical Thinking Skills

Source: hbr.org With critical thinking ranking among the most in-demand skills for job candidates, you would think that educational institutions would prepare candidates well to be exceptional thinkers, and employers would be adept at developing such skills in existing employees. Unfortunately, both are largely untrue.

Canadians worry about finances 2 hours a day: survey

Source: hrreporter.com ‘Many are feeling rudderless when it comes to managing finances’ People in Canada spend an average of two hours per day worrying about their finances, with 18- to 35-year-olds worrying the most, finds a new survey from Scotiabank. This age group worries about finances 2.4 hours a day, while those 55 and up worry an average of 1.4 …

Job-placement centre for GM workers set to open in Oshawa, Ont.

Source: hrreporter.com About 3,000 workers lost jobs due to manufacturer shuttering long-running assembly plant A new centre to support auto parts workers affected by the assembly line closure at the General Motors (GM) Oshawa plant with skills retraining and employment services is set to open. In October, Unifor and the Ontario government announced the opening of an action centre for …

7 Ways to Develop Effective Leadership Skills

Source: business2community.com Effective leadership skills don’t happen by accident. They’re cultivated through hard work, strategic focus, and consistency. And, no matter how advanced you are in your career, there’s always room to hone your leadership skills, becoming a more effective motivator and change agent.

Toronto Uber drivers apply to unionize

Source: hrreporter.com ‘Like all workers, we deserve the right to form a union and bargain collectively’ The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union Canada has applied to the Ontario Labour Relations Board to unionize more than 300 Uber Black limousine and SUV drivers in Toronto. With the application, the drivers could become the first ride-sharing workers in Canada to …

Office plants help boost workers’ mental health: study

Source: hrreporter.com Greenery ‘can reduce psychological, physiological stress’ A new study has found that the presence of small plants at work can help boost the mental health of employees. “Having opportunities to gaze intentionally at nearby plants on a daily basis in the work environment can reduce the psychological and physiological stress of office workers,” says the study done by …

CEO of company that fired employee over tweet admits ‘overreaction’

Source: hrreporter.com But says he’s not going to second-guess staff’s decision The CEO of a U.S.-based company that fired a Canadian employee who complained on Twitter about the company’s Christmas gift admitted that his staff may have overreacted — but he stands with their decision, according to the Star Tribune. Dan Florness, CEO of industrial supplies company Fastenal based in Winona, …

Nova Scotia opens helpline for workers affected by mill closure

Source: hrreporter.com ‘It’s vitally important that support is available to those who need it’ Nova Scotia is partnering with Morneau Shepell to open a confidential, toll-free helpline for those affected by the pending closure of the Northern Pulp mill in Ambercrombie. “The impact of this situation reaches beyond those directly employed in the forestry sector and it’s vitally important that …

Starbucks provides mental health app to employees

Source: hrreporter.com ‘Eliminating the mental health stigma is about more than just starting the conversation’ Starbucks is now providing Canadian employees with a free subscription to the meditation app Headspace. The tool offers guided meditations, informative videos, articles and animations on topics such as sleep, focus and anxiety to help users “live a happier, healthier life, more restful life.” The …