Old thinking still dominates work practices

By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

Despite all of the talk in recent years about how different things are in today’s working world, many employers are, apparently, still reluctant to make the kinds of changes to benefits and employment practices that will attract employees in a tight labour market.

A comprehensive new survey of businesses in the greater Toronto area, conducted by the Toronto Board of Trade, shows for example that just 11 per cent of organizations have introduced flexible benefit programs, less than one-quarter have wellness programs, only 13.8 per cent have introduced stress management programs, just 17 per cent offer maternity leave top-ups for new mothers and a mere 0.3 per cent provide employees with day-care subsidies.

“Overall, a lot of the numbers were fairly constant from last year,” said Eric Cousineau, chair of the benefits and employees practices sub-committee. Indeed little has changed in the past four years, he added.