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Public Service Alliance of Canada workers walk a picket line in Ottawa in April 2023 over issues related to remote work, enhanced work amenities and wage increases to compensate for inflation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

How remote work poses unique challenges to public sector employees

Overlooking the impacts of remote work on motivation may have unexpected consequences for Canadian public services and policies.
New hires shouldn’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd, according to recent research. (Shutterstock)

Standing out to fit in: How new employees can set themselves up for success at a new workplace

While starting a new job can be intimidating, new research offers suggestions that can alleviate some of the anxiety of being a newcomer and set new employees up for success at their new workplaces.
For employees, health in the workplace is essential precisely because we spend so much of our lives at work. For employers, worker health is an important determinant of productivity. (Shutterstock)

Work-related health and safety issues must be paid for by employers, not the public

Organizations may gain an advantage by not investing in worker health, instead simply replacing burned-out employees with new ones in order to ensure a supply of healthy employees.
We need to move away from rigid blue- and white-collar distinctions toward a more flexible system that accounts for the multifaceted nature of today’s jobs. (Shutterstock)

Out with the old: Blue- and white- collar job labels aren’t cutting it anymore

Canada needs a taxonomy that’s more sophisticated and updated — one that can better describe the different types of jobs and workers that make up Canada’s modern labour market.
A full-time minimum wage worker in Philadelphia earns just over $15,000 a year with no vacation or sick days. Allan Baxter/The Image Bank Collection via Getty Images

Philadelphia’s minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009 – here’s why efforts to raise it have failed

Voters, city council and even local business leaders have tried to raise the city’s minimum wage, but face pushback from the state legislature in Harrisburg.
Leaders and employees are sometimes encouraged to be open and vulnerable with one another in the workplace. But this is not always as straightforward as it seems. (Shutterstock)

Leadership transparency alone doesn’t guarantee employees will speak up in the workplace

For many people, speaking up at work can be a nerve-wracking experience because it leaves them exposed to judgment, ridicule and rejection.

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