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COVID-19 takes mental health toll on business owners

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The ongoing pandemic has also placed a bigger mental health burden on women and people of colour, according to a recently released study

We often hear that COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate and anyone can fall victim to it. But that’s not entirely true – according to Statistics Canada, more women have contracted COVID-19 than men.

Canada does not collect racial demographics on the country’s COVID-19 victims, but other jurisdictions including the U.S. and U.K. have found racial disparities in those affected by the pandemic, with people of colour suffering disproportionately from the virus.

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Almost half of Canadians are considering leaving their job: survey

Source: dailyhive.com

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, nearly half of Canadians are considering leaving their current job.

According to the 11th annual Hays Salary Guide, the majority of Canadian employers feel confident about the economy and have a positive employment outlook, but that perspective is not shared by their teams. Reduced social interaction, increased workloads, and a lack of well-being and mental health support are among concerns cited by Canadian employees.

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Second wave of COVID-19 would devastate Canada’s small businesses: CFIB

Source: www.citynews1130.com

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As we are warned of more cases of COVID-19, small businesses in Canada say a second wave would be devastating.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is urging federal and provincial governments to do everything possible to avoid further shutdowns and ensure strong and immediate economic supports are in place.

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COVID-19 may accelerate workplace automation that is bigger risk for women: StatCan

Source: www.prpeak.com

OTTAWA — Women are more likely than men to face a risk of their jobs being affected by automation, a Statistics Canada study says.

“The COVID-19 pandemic may accelerate the implementation of new technology, as firms might look to make the production and delivery of goods and the provision of services more resilient in the future,” said the report released Thursday.

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Working Canadians Are More Willing to Admit to Struggling with a Mental Illness in 2020, but Less Likely to Consider Depression a Disability

Source: www.ipsos.com

Three Quarters (77%) Would Admit To Having A Mental Illness, But Privacy (50%), Fear Of Different Treatment (45%), And Stigma (45%) Continue To Stop Many From Sharing Their Struggles

Toronto, ON, September 22, 2020 — As we continue to weather the COVID-19 pandemic, there is increased attention being paid to how the coronavirus is impacting the mental health of Canadians. News stories increasingly focus on how social distancing and long periods of isolation lead to increased levels of anxiety and depression among Canadians, and a discourse is emerging across the country surrounding how mental health can be supported during a time when the future (including the potential of a second wave of the virus) seems uncertain. A poll conducted by Ipsos on behalf of RBC Insurance shows that Canadians who are employed, or have recently been laid off as a result of the pandemic (referred to as working Canadians hereafter) have seen their attitudes towards mental health shift in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, posing important questions on how Canadians will weather the coming months.

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Heading back to an office soon? Expect to see a lot of changes

Source: cbc.ca

How some companies are making work-spaces safer in preparation for more staff returning to the office

Countless office towers, offices, boardrooms and cubicles have been sitting empty throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As people cautiously negotiate heading back to the office over the coming months, they’re likely to see a lot of changes.

“The central issue is there’s a push and a pull between an employer and an employee,” says Robert Palter, senior partner at consulting management firm McKinsey & Company.

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COVID-19: Pandemic could have a lasting, positive impact on workplace culture

Source: www.collingwoodtoday.ca

Catching a glimpse of a co-worker’s baby or pet can help humanize workplaces and make colleagues more understanding and empathetic — one positive byproduct of the pandemic-fuelled remote work phenomenon

The COVID-19 lockdown has become synonymous with working from home for many people. While some research has suggested that remote work can be isolating, it also makes the competing priorities that workers are juggling very visible — even sometimes literally so due to the popularity of video calls.

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61% of Canada’s young workforce supports split between office and work-from-home: Study

Source: www.bnnbloomberg.ca

As many Canadians are settling into their work-from-home lifestyle amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a new survey shows most workers are ready for this temporary change to become a permanent reality.

A report by ADP Canada and Maru/Blue found 45 per cent of working Canadians would prefer to work remotely for at least three days a week. The idea of changing the traditional workplace is particularly popular with younger employees, as 61 per cent aged 18 and 34 say they would support the split week between the office and their house.

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How can I safely return to work during the pandemic?

Source: www.cbc.ca

From the commute to chats at the water cooler, there are ways to minimize risk of exposure to COVID-19

COVID-19 put millions of Canadians out of work and sent millions of others home to work from kitchen tables and sofas.

Staying healthy as work resumes for some and others leave their homes for more formal work settings is going to require employees to not only strictly adhere to preventative measures — like hand hygiene and physical distancing — but to know their rights, say experts in infectious disease and occupational health and safety law.

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Preparing your workplace for a second wave of COVID-19

Source: www.ohscanada.com

Staff should be educated on all elements of COVID-19 plan and receive training where necessary

Now that most workplaces have opened and children are set to return to schools across the country this September, some experts are warning of a potential second wave of COVID-19.

Businesses have already endured their share of challenges throughout the past several months and will no doubt continue to be affected if the number of new cases of the virus begin to rise.

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