After a stressful year, it’s safe to say that most of us are looking forward to closing the chapter on 2020, and starting fresh in 2021. Though 2020 brought some monumental challenges (hello pandemic), it also brought some exciting workplace changes, such as a widespread shift to remote work and more stringent health and safety measures to increase worker safety. With movements such as Black Lives Matter going mainstream, a spotlight was also placed on diversity and inclusion, especially in workplaces.  Several of our top 10 articles cover these trending topics.  Check them out:

popular workplace insights 2020
  1. how does immigration impact canadian jobs?
    Though the pandemic led to less movement of people in 2020, immigration remains a huge part of the Canadian identity. But many people don’t understand how immigration actually impacts the workforce.
     
  2. holiday party alternatives to celebrate at work
    Celebrating the holidays this year requires some creative thinking. If you want to celebrate, but don’t want to put your employees at risk by throwing a party, we have some ideas.  Check out alternative ways to celebrate the season without throwing a holiday party.
     
  3. women in the workplace: we’ve come along way, maybe
    Advancing women in the workplace is a topic we’re extremely passionate about here at Randstad. (Check out our infographic on key learnings from our Women Transforming the Workplace program in 2020.) This article on the history of women in the workplace is one of our most insightful.
     
  4. canada’s tech industry is growing up: where are we headed next?
    Canada’s tech scene is quickly evolving from an up-and-coming market, to one that’s been established as a sought-after place for IT professionals to work. Worker shortages are already prevalent in some key IT specialties. Learn where the sector is headed next.
     
  5. surprising stats about women in the workplace
    Another article created through our Women Transforming the Workplace program, this piece shares 8 surprising stats about working women. For instance, did you know Canadian women are more educated than men? 58% of degrees in Canada are obtained by women. Learn more about that, and check out more surprising stats.
     
  6. how to support parents working from home during the pandemic
    There’s no doubt about it: working parents had to adapt and learn some new skills in 2020. In this article, we explore ways that employers can ease the dual burden parents face. Managing a full-time job remotely while caring for kids is a lot easier if your employer is understanding.
     
  7. what is upskilling and how do you help employees achieve it?
    Upskilling was the word of the year in 2020. Employers across Canada want to know: how do we help our employees learn new skills? With the massive shift to remote work in many sectors, upskilling is especially critical for businesses to stay relevant.
     
  8. 4 challenges employers face during COVID-19
    The COVID-19 pandemic led to a huge paradigm shift in Canadian workplaces. From implementing widespread health and safety changes to keep employees safe, to turning to technology to stay competitive, employers have had to pivot in 2020. Here are some of the biggest challenges employers faced in 2020.
     
  9. how to celebrate pride at work during the pandemic
    2020 was a challenging year, so it’s no surprise that Canadians were eager to find reasons to celebrate. 2020 Pride was certainly different, but it was no less joyful. Check out some physically-distant ways employers celebrated Pride in 2020.
     
  10. conversational interviewing: the best way to conduct job interviews
    Conversational interviewing is a relatively new style of conducting interviews. It aims to get rid of asking all the standard, boring interview questions everyone hates and instead focus on having a conversation. Learn how it works and how you can implement it in your hiring process.

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