Canadian HR Reporter - Ontario

October 30, 2017 ON

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PM40065782 RO9496 October 30, 2017 page 11 INSIDE CEOs talk diversity We talked to ve CEOs from across the country to hear their thoughts on the challenges and bene ts of having a diverse, and inclusive, workforce Teed off Golf course superintendent red for harassing employee page 5 Falling for safety Niagara Falls Casino is a two-time winner for safety page 6 HR metrics A look at the latest in labour relations metrics page 14 Closing the 'dream gap' Politicians, CEOs share offi ces for #GirlsBelongHere initiative BY MARCEL VANDER WIER WHEN she looked up at the tow- ering building that is Unilever headquarters on Bloor Street in Toronto, 15-year-old Alice Chen admitted to feeling intimidated. "It seemed like something that was impossible or very diffi cult for me to feel comfortable or succeed in," she said. "I was defi nitely the youngest person who was walking into the building." But the high school student from Oakville didn't let fear stop her from chasing down a career dream on Oct. 4. She stepped inside and made her way to the CEO's suite where Gary Wade was awaiting her ar- rival as part of Plan International Canada's #GirlsB elongHere, planned in sync with the Interna- tional Day of the Girl on Oct. 11. The event saw business and government leaders — including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — sharing their offi ces with young women in an eff ort to show that girls belong in their dream jobs. "Despite the many strides we've made, girls still face a 'dream gap' BUILDING > pg. 10 Migraines a hardship for many workers: Survey People dealing with physical pain, stigma of condition BY SARAH DOBSON FOR the longest time, Lisa Ben- son didn't know she suff ered from migraines because she didn't know much about the condition. She fi gured everyone had headaches, and even her primary care doctor didn't see a problem. "But unless they're really trained to know which signs lead to mi- graines, because the migraines are so varied and come in so many dif- ferent forms, they're often undiag- nosed or misdiagnosed," said Ben- son, a patient advocate and writer for migraine.com, run by consul- tants Health Union in Philadelphia. And that's a problem, especially for the workplace — nearly three- quarters of people diagnosed with migraines say their education or career has been aff ected by the condition, according to a recent survey. One-quarter (26 per cent) said they required employment ac- commodations, reduced work hours (23 per cent) or used medi- cal leave (22 per cent) due to migraines. Eighteen per cent said they had voluntarily stopped working due to migraines, with 15 per cent indi- cating they had lost a job, accord- ing to the Health Union survey of more than 4,500 participants in the United States. Additionally, respondents in- MIGRAINEURS > pg. 2 Uber refl ects challenges of gig economy Company considers leaving Quebec BY MARCEL VANDER WIER UBER threatened to close up shop in Quebec earlier this month, but does that mean the gig economy as a whole is in jeopardy? Not quite, according to business experts. After the ride-hailing company indicated it would be ending its service in the province in lieu of a new deal, it eventually backtracked following a provincial government cabinet shuffle that saw André Fortin replace Laurent Lessard as transport minister. Uber hopes to reach a new agreement with Fortin in the coming months, according to the Canadian Press. PROVINCIAL > pg. 8 Unilever CEO Gary Wade shares a moment with high school student Alice Chen in Toronto on Oct. 4 as part of Plan International Canada's #GirlsBelongHere initiative — an effort to show girls belong in their dream jobs. Credit: Unilever tune up your finances with 1000+ savings opportunities financial well–being tone up with up to 50% off gym memberships physical fitness zen out with 300+ Health & Wellness partners mental wellness www.venngo.com/perks 1.866.383.6646 ext.202 Find out more... © Copyright 2017 Venngo Inc. All rights reserved. WorkPerks ® is a registered trade-mark of Venngo Inc. V1_20170421 An award winning Venngo program is a core element of a complete compensation and benefits strategy. it's a lot more than discounts

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