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Personality assessment tests are no substitute for truly getting to know your employees

Source: www.theglobeandmail.com

American psychologist and author Adam Grant has famously described the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, arguably the most commonly used personality assessment, as being somewhere between a horoscope and a heart monitor in terms of accuracy. Unfortunately, many employers misuse personality tests to make significant human-resource decisions, from who to hire to who to promote.

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Minister of labour discusses 3 policy initiatives

Source: hrreporter.com

Mental health, right to disconnect, digital platform workers on agenda

Minister of Labour Filomena Tassi was in Windsor, Ont. recently to meet with stakeholders to discuss a number of new labour policy initiatives the federal government is piloting.

Meeting with leaders of a local Unifor union, along with the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority and the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, Tassi sought stakeholder views on three new initiatives.

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Jobs for all ages

Source: winnipegfreepress.com

With Boomers sticking around longer, it’s getting harder to attract and retain Millennials

The year 2020 is Manitoba’s 150th birthday which got me thinking about birthdays in general. I was thinking especially about those individuals that are turning the so called “magic” age of 65 but who are still in the workforce. Statistics show this group of workforce seniors doubled between 1995 and 2015 and grew again by 20 per cent between 2011 and 2016.

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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 hours a day and those 35 to 54 worry two hours a day, found the survey of 1,520 Canadians.

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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 GM employees.

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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 gain union representation.

The drivers are hoping to be paid for all hours worked and have a guaranteed hourly wage. They also want to secure just cause protection and a legally binding grievance procedure, and to compel Uber to abide by Ontario’s Employment Standards Act and recognize drivers as employees rather than independent contractors.

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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 Masahiro Toyoda, Yuko Yokota, Marni Barnes and Midori Kaneko of the Graduate School of Landscape Design and Management at the University of Hyogo, in Awaji, Japan.

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