4 easy steps to boosting employee productivity

The more productive your workers are, the more lucrative your business will be

4 easy steps to boosting employee productivityWhen you own a business, it is important to do everything you can to boost employee productivity. The more productive your workers are, the more lucrative your business will be. The following guide provides you with a few ways you can ensure that your business is as productive as possible at all times. Create custom…

Using student job funding to silence critics

The Liberals’ latest decision means summer employment is now a testing ground for ideological adhesion, obedience and purity

Using student job funding to silence criticsIt’s tough work to imagine two groups more radically different than the Canadian Council of Christian Charities and the gays rights network LGBTory. So when both join the rising chorus opposing changes to what should be among Ottawa’s most innocuous programs, it’s a signal something significant is going on. The Four Cs, as the council…

Ontario’s wrong-headed energy policy burns 75,000 jobs

The province’s manufacturing sector may find itself even less competitive soon due to developments in the United States

Ontario’s wrong-headed energy policy burns 75,000 jobsHow do you kill 75,000 jobs and turn your valuable location into a disadvantage? If you’re the Ontario government, you: start a transition to renewable energy driven by politicians without any cost-benefit analyses; when people with expertise in the energy and power sectors give advice on technical issues – for example, how much duplicate power…

Fed’s Clean Fuel Standards will kill jobs: Just look at Ontario

The soon to-be-announced clean fuel regulations are just the latest example of politicians catering to climate activists

Fed’s Clean Fuel Standards will kill jobs: Just look at OntarioNew clean fuel regulations are coming to Canada “in the coming months,” federal Environment Minister Catherine Mc-Kenna announced earlier this month. She says the policy – titled the Clean Fuel Standard – is “a really important piece of our climate plan” and an “economic opportunity” for Canada. The idea behind the plan, which will require…

Future work: intelligence everywhere but few humans on the job

The next decade will see unprecedented changes in the workforce. Jobs will vanish and new jobs won’t at all resemble those they replace

Future work: intelligence everywhere but few humans on the jobWe need to start preparing for a jobless future, in which only a small number of people use machines to manage all work. Machines are taking over jobs at an accelerating pace. Society is beginning to feel the impact of massive automation. Most troubling? The kinds of jobs that machines will take over: all of them.…

The human touch: people squeezed out of the workforce by AI

Artificial intelligence is being tailored to tackle critical-thinking jobs. The next step for humans is to focus on tacit skills that machines don't yet have

The human touch: people squeezed out of the workforce by AIIf machines can think critically, where will university-educated students go? As an educator who is passionate about student professional development, I’m concerned about how artificial intelligence (AI) threatens to steal many of the remaining jobs available for university-educated students. I’ve written previously about job shortages in academia and medicine and how students must turn to…

Killing the goose that laid the golden egg

Increasingly harsh and ever-shifting resource-related government policies are killing jobs and making Canadians poorer

Killing the goose that laid the golden eggWith the cancellation of TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline – after the company spent $1 billion trying to jump through ever-changing regulatory and political hoops – Canadians should remind themselves where much of our country’s recent economic uptick originated: in resource exploration and extraction. This was illustrated again, just before the TransCanada announcement in early…

The short-circuit in Ontario’s manufacturing sector

The province’s high electricity prices – driven by wrong-headed policies – are responsible for a staggering 75,000 manufacturing job losses

The short-circuit in Ontario’s manufacturing sectorBy Ross McKitrick and Elmira Aliakbari The Fraser Institute Soaring electricity costs have devastated Ontario's manufacturing sector. In the 1990s and into the 2000s, Ontario was a low-electricity-cost jurisdiction. This competitive advantage helped attract business and foster economic growth in the province. But in recent years, due largely to the inefficiencies of the Green Energy Act (2009),…

Older workers have a unique gift – experience

An age-diverse workplace allows those just starting out to be exposed to more experienced workers

Older workers have a unique gift – experienceWhen we read about older adults in a news story, it is often in the context of the burden they will place on government programs when retiring or – to flip the script – how they remain vital and active despite their advancing years. Look, Herbert and Martha still go skating! Wow! What image is…

NAFTA negotiations: Canada has it backwards on worker choice

Worker choice laws encourage unions to be more accountable to their members, and contribute to a stronger economy and labour market

NAFTA negotiations: Canada has it backwards on worker choiceBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute The North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations have put the spotlight on a number of critical issues, including Canada's wrong-headed insistence that the U.S. limit workers' rights to choose to financially support labour unions. The United States is Canada’s most important trade partner, with the livelihood of many…