Bridging the Generations: Redesigning Workplaces to Prosper From an Aging Workforce

The Graham Lowe Group and EKOS Research Associates are pleased to announce the release of Bridging the Generations: Redesigning Workplaces to Prosper from an Aging Workforce. Written by Graham Lowe, the report breaks new ground by using multi-year national survey data to provide insights about major workplace transformations.
Useful for employers, HR professionals and policy specialists alike, this report mines more than a decade of public opinion research into workers’ attitudes towards jobs, the workplace, retirement, career planning and Canadians’ future prospects.
The report reflects on changes in the Canadian labour market, workplaces and work experiences. Anchoring the report are national surveys of Canadian workers, conducted in 2004 and 2012 as part of the EKOS ‘Rethinking Series’ as well as EKOS time-series data on public attitudes to economic change.

Bridging the Generations highlights how employers and policy-makers can take steps to ensure that older workers, facing delayed retirement, don’t reduce the career opportunities for younger workers who are entering a difficult job market. The report provides solutions for managing a smooth generational transition in the workplace in ways that enable workers of all ages to share their experiences and to fully contribute.
Some Key Findings:
– Most Canadians are worried that the next generation will be worse off than today. These worries spill over into workers’ perceptions of the future of the labour market, their retirement plans and a host of other workplace concerns.
– Redesigning workplaces to bridge the growing divide between younger and older Canadians will help to secure economic prosperity and make public healthcare and pensions more sustainable.
– HR practices can help older workers remain in the labour force and help younger workers fulfill their own career plans. Innovative solutions include making workplaces more inclusive, work more flexible and jobs more challenging and meaningful.
– Work-retirement transitions can be updated to enable baby boomers’ continued contributions to the workforce, while ensuring that younger workers’ skills and energy can be more fully harnessed. The result will be a more agile and productive workforce.
Bridging the Generations report PDF

How Healthy Organizations Achieve Sustainable Success

Presentation at the Strategic Capability Network, Toronto, 24 February, 2011. For details and to register:
Workplace consultant Graham Lowe draws on his new book, Creating Healthy Organizations, to challenge you to think about business success in sustainable human terms. Graham will describe how healthy organizations take a holistic, integrated and long-term perspective to forge stronger links between people and performance.
Following his presentation, Graham will interview Mary C. Quinn, a Learning & Organizational Effectiveness Consultant at Trillium, to reveal how these changes were implemented and to capture general lessons about what contributes to sustainable success.

5th Annual Mental Health in the Workplace Forum

5th Annual Mental Health in the Workplace Forum at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Wednesday, October 20, 2010. 5:00 to 6:15pm. TOPIC: We Don’t Want to Know: The Stigma of Mental Health Issues in the Workplace and What We Can Do About It
Graham Lowe, PhD, President, The Graham Lowe Group, Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta; Author, : The Quality of Work: A People-Centered Agenda and : Creating Healthy Organizations (Rotman/UTPress, 2010)
Dr. David Goldbloom, MD. Senior Medical Advisor, Education and Public Affairs, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; Professor of Psychiatry,
University of Toronto; Vice-Chair, Mental Health Commission of Canada
MODERATOR: Dr. Melanie Carr, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor, Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto
FEE: $49 plus HST per person; $39 plus HST per person for Rotman and U of Toronto alumni (fee includes the session and 1 copy of : Creating Healthy Organizations )
TO REGISTER: or call 416-978-4193

A Framework for Public Reporting on Healthy Work Environments in Ontario Healthcare Settings

The purpose of this report is to inform the development of a comprehensive framework for assessing and publicly reporting the quality of work environments in Ontario’s healthcare organizations. The report synthesizes relevant research on healthy work environments with a focus on the healthcare sector, compares concepts and tools used to measure healthy work environments in healthcare settings, and recommends options for a comprehensive measurement and reporting system for healthy work environments in Ontario.
An evidence-informed case can be made for developing a healthy work-environment measurement and reporting framework in Ontario. Work-environment indicators ideally should be integrated into a comprehensive quality improvement and accountability system. It is important to build on current initiatives, as well as to engage stakeholders in developing the framework and its measurement tools.

People & Performance: Building Alberta’s Future Construction Workforce

People & Performance: Building Alberta’s Future Construction Workforce is a discussion paper on how the global construction sector is addressing workforce development issues. It makes recommendations for how building trades unions, contractors, clients, government and other industry stakeholders in Alberta can strengthen the links between human resources and industry performance. The paper was commissioned by the Building Trades of Alberta (BTA) and was the basis for a provincial forum held in March 2009, and sponsored by BTA.
The full report and a summary of highlights can be downloaded below.
People & Performance Report

HR's role in reshaping work – retirement transitions

Graham Lowe facilitated a "roundtable" session for the BC Human Resource Management Association that focused on HR's role in reshaping work – retirement transitions to best meet the needs of employers, workers and society. Participants learned about leading practices and shared their own experiences. Discussion topics included: how to tap older workers' talents, flexible employment arrangements, and transferring older workers' knowledge to the next generation. The interactive session explored creative work-retirement strategies that HR professionals can lead.
A copy of the Work – Retirement Transitions Checklist and discussion questions for this roundtable can be downloaded below.

Checklist and questions