’Smile pretty and watch your back’: The real impact of sexual objectification
Whether it’s an inappropriate comment in the workplace or a catcall from a passing car, sexual objectification of women can cause anxiety about personal safety, ‘hypervigilance’ towards appearance and severe threats to overall well-being. As part of an effort to quell the rise of this global phenomenon, an international study led by Western University is providing the tools necessary to properly explore and understand these mental – and potentially physical – harms to women. For the study, Rachel Calogero, a Western professor who specializes in social and personality psychology, and her collaborators developed a new research tool that confirmed the proposed links between experiences of sexual objectification and feeling anxious about personal safety. “These experiences accumulate over time and create worry and concern about being harmed. Sexual objectification not only carries with it the threat of physical harm but also the violation of personal boundaries,” said Calogero, who collaborated with researchers at Western, University of Kent, The Ohio State University and Colorado College.
Researchers have identified three factors that are important to young people who work from home during the coronavirus pandemic: socialization, productivity, and meaningful work. A team of researchers from the University of Waterloo’s Work-Learn Institute determined these factors are vital for young people in a remote work setting for them to be successful. As the organizations focus on their pandemic recovery plans, it is critical they understand how to engage the next generation of talent productively in remote work. “It was important to undertake this research to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through the eyes of co-op students who made the transition to work from home,” said Judene Pretti (photo), Director of the Work-Learn Institute and lead author on the study. “We wanted to see how their experiences as young professionals might differ from the general workforce.” As a result of COVID-19, thousands of young people who were engaged with organizations around the globe transitioned to working from home, with little-to-no time to prepare.
Conestoga has launched the Student Experiential Record (SER), a tool that incorporates and tracks all curricular work-integrated and experiential learning opportunities gained throughout a student’s academic journey at the college. “We developed an enhanced system to expand and track all experiential learning opportunities for students in alignment with our vision for excellence in polytechnic education and the Ontario government’s commitment to providing students with these opportunities,” said Kristine Dawson (photo), director, Co-operative Education, Career Services and Work-Integrated Learning. “The SER is more than a physical record of experience; it helps students and graduates understand and articulate the skills, experiences and competencies they’ve acquired throughout the duration of their programs.” Supporting student career readiness and employment, the SER demonstrates competencies gained through Conestoga experiences like field placements, co-op terms or capstone projects; shows how experiences align with career pathways and employer expectations; identifies student strengths and opportunities for development; and demonstrates Canadian experience and skills. The SER also guides resume, profile and portfolio development and supports networking and interview preparation.
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s (OCC) released initial insights from data it has collected to inform its fifth annual Ontario Economic Report (OER). The report, set to be released in early 2021, will be rooted in the OCC’s annual survey of its members and will reflect the unprecedented year that was 2020 and the unpredictability of the year to come. “The pandemic has had catastrophic impacts on people, business and the economy,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “Unsurprisingly early data shows almost half of business respondents are not confident about the province’s economic outlook. However, in contrast, it is promising to see almost half of those correspondents feeling cautiously optimistic in their own organization’s economic future.” The first of three rounds of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s Business Confidence Survey reveals only 10 percent of respondents expressed confidence in Ontario’s overall economic outlook, with the majority of respondents (48 percent) remaining neutral and 43 percent lacking confidence in the province’s outlook. The second round of data is set to be released in November. Regional insights can be further explored on the Ontario Chamber of Commerce website.
Since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Coronavirus (Covid-19) a pandemic on March 11, 2020, many employees have been working from home. For the American communication technology company, Zoom Video Communications, this situation led to an explosion from 10 million to over 200 million daily participants within three months. Despite Zoom stepping up to create a new conception of the workplace, the fact that workers are now restricted to their homes creates significant problems linked to mental health issues. One of the issues that have come to the fore is the idea of “Zoom Burnout.” In the Zoom workplace era, managers will need to start rethinking the idea of mental health issues in the workplace. This article looks at how the new workplace, facilitated by Zoom meetings, may exacerbate the mental health issues that already existed before the pandemic. We offer ten tips for improving mental health in a workplace where Zoom meetings connect employees.
Leaders are often expected to have all the answers. Not only is this an expectation shared by many, it is regularly self-imposed. If you do not have the answer to a leadership challenge, you may possibly feel inadequate or uncertain and vulnerable. None of these emotions feels good, and are often frowned upon in the workplace—or so you may have been taught. Really? Are you really never supposed to experience uncertainty as a leader? You are a human being and hard-wired for struggle – stuff happens. You are comprised of all the good, bad, and ugly that comes with being a human, which is not the Hollywood version of leaders who ride into the scene to save the day. And with your humanness, you will sometimes—make that many times, feel uncertain about your abilities. How do you work with uncertainty and vulnerability without going crazy? Follow these five steps which will assist you during these times:
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical importance of keeping Canada at the cutting edge of health technology to offer the best possible care to Canadians, while supporting economic growth. The Government of Canada is partnering with innovative health tech businesses, and organizations that support them, to nurture promising ideas and talent, while creating good jobs and helping our economy recover from the impact of the global health crisis. Late last week, the Minister of Economic Development announced a total FedDev Ontario investment of $13.4 million for four Toronto-based recipients to advance health innovation.
Restaurants Canada anticipates that closing indoor dining in Ontario’s COVID-19 hot spots will result in tens of thousands of lost jobs that will require government help to recover. “Our sector was one of the first to suffer the impacts of this crisis and continues to be among the hardest hit,” said Restaurants Canada President and CEO Todd Barclay. “Going back to this level of shutdown will be a huge blow. Restaurants deserve to see the data driving this decision and will need immediate emergency assistance so they can continue contributing to the social and economic fabric of the communities they serve.” Indoor dining closures will cost Ontario in restaurant sales and jobs; Restaurants Canada estimates that the indoor dining closures coming into effect at midnight tonight will result in:
Realtor Melodie Walsh (right) has received the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of KWAR Volunteer Award at the association’s virtual Annual General Meeting held last Friday, October 9, 2020. KWAR’s Volunteer Award is presented annually to a REALTOR® who has shown both commitment and dedication to the association and within the community. “Melodie exemplifies the kind of camaraderie that is so vital to being both a good REALTOR® and a good person,” says KWAR President Colleen Koehler. “Whether it is through her volunteerism in the community or at the association, Melodie brings her special blend of friendliness, compassion and humour to everything she does.” Walsh has been a member of KWAR since 1988 and is a sales representative with Coldwell Banker Peter Benninger Realty. Her volunteerism includes serving on dozens of KWAR’s committees over the years including the Professional Standards Committee, Discipline, and Bylaw. In the community she has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and most notably with Hospice Waterloo for the past 14 years where she has contributed hundreds of hours.
They say gardening is good for the soul. Apparently many Canadians agree as they have opted to ‘pandemic garden’ this year. The Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University, in partnership with Angus Reid, recently released a study on home gardening, just in time for Thanksgiving. The survey was conducted earlier this month and included more than 1,000 Canadians from across the country. The study, entitled Home Food Gardening in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic , looked at the prevalence and varieties of, and attitudes tooward home food gardening in Canada during the pandemic. The report suggested that 51 per cent of respondents grow at least one variety of fruit or vegetable in a garden. Of those, 17.4 per cent started growing food at home in 2020 during COVID-19 – that’s almost one in five Canadians. ___________________
Restaurants Canada commends the federal government for committing to provide rent assistance directly to businesses, among other measures announced last week that respond to key recommendations to support the foodservice sector. “Providing rent assistance directly to businesses is a key ingredient for restaurant survival,” said Restaurants Canada President and CEO Todd Barclay. “We appreciate the federal government acting on this critical recommendation, among other new support measures announced today, to help our sector pull through the ongoing pandemic.”
Drowning in work and feeling drained? Many professionals are, new research from global staffing firm Robert Half shows. One-third of workers surveyed (33 per cent) said they are more burned out on the job today compared to a year ago. Of those respondents, 40 per cent pointed to having a fuller plate at work as the top reason for rising levels of fatigue. Another 49 per cent of professionals noted they are as burned out now as they were 12 months ago, while only 18 per cent reported a drop in burnout.
Peter Smith, newly elected chair of the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO), is calling on the federal government to step up to the plate and provide the necessary funds for municipalities to get moving on state-of-good-repair projects. “Ottawa needs to open up the tap and get funds flowing for infrastructure job-creation projects with greater speed,” says Smith, who is executive director of the Heavy Construction Association of Toronto. “Time is wasting, and municipalities are looking at shelving projects. Our industry employs a lot of people in Ontario and inaction will have a trickle-down effect, putting thousands out of work.” Smith, who has held a number of senior positions in Ontario’s construction industry over more than four decades, was elected chair of the board at a recent annual general meeting of RCCAO. He replaces Phil Rubinoff, who was founding chair of the alliance and served at the helm for 15 years. The new chair says municipalities look to the federal and provincial governments to help them with infrastructure funding and models that have typically been used require all three governments to chip in a third. However, due to COVID municipalities can no longer contribute their share.
You can become more worthy of trust. You can spot and encourage this vital quality in others. You can be an instrumental force in restoring trust in your community and country--making them better for yourself and your fellow citizens, and the world better for all. In today’s landscape of COVID-19 and systemic inequality, trust in one another to build better communities and a better Canada is needed now more than ever. On October 21st, Leadership Waterloo Region (LWR) is relaunching their Visionary Speaker Series and will welcome Right Honourable David Johnston for a fireside chat to discuss his book Trust: 20 Ways to Build a Better Country. Attendees will not only discover how everyone can play a part in building trust in our community, they will also have the opportunity to engage with one another in a “first-time in Canada” experience.