Vol 7, Issue 1, July 9, 2021
Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Your weekly news & updates from WPH!
In this week's edition: Employers need to make it safe for employees to disclose their disabilities; Graduates rush to "Panic Masters"; Canadian's want workplace flexibility; Hamilton Labour Force Information May 2021
Employers Need to Make it Safe for Employees to Disclose Their Disabilities
Research shows that employees who are able disclose their disability at work tend to be more engaged in terms of career satisfaction and aspirations, confidence and a sense of belonging. In Accenture’s most recent global survey on the topic, 67% of the nearly 1,750 business executive respondents said they believe their companies support employees with disabilities, including having the right technologies in place to do so and the right environment. However, Harvard Business Review survey also found that just 20% of the 5,870 employees in the survey who had a disability agreed that their workplace culture is fully committed to helping them thrive and succeed. Meanwhile, 76% of employees with disabilities in the survey report not fully disclosing their disabilities at work (e.g., to HR, colleagues, supervisors/managers).

Graduates Rush to Further Education "Panic Masters" due to Job Rejection
The data has shown throughout the pandemic that youth unemployment rates remain one of the highest. Thousands of students are applying to study “panic master’s” courses after getting no response to their job applications in the shrinking pool of graduate roles. Nearly half of university students said they felt unprepared for the job market, citing a lack of experience, vacancies and their skills as the main barriers.

Canadian Employees want Workplace Flexibility to Continue Post-Pandemic
 An Ernst & Young survey has found that Canadian employees have embraced workplace flexibility and want it to continue post-pandemic.

The 2021 Work Reimagined Employee Survey found that 93 per cent of respondents said they would likely remain with their organization for the next year or more if they have control over where and when they work.

But 54 per cent would be willing to quit if flexibility on schedule and work location is not maintained.

Hamilton Labour Force Information: MAY 2021

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