As 14% of the environmental workforce reaches retirement age in the next decade, corporate success will become increasingly linked to the successful retention of new and mid-career professionals.
"Both employers and employees are starting to experience the effects of the demographic shift”, says Jan Hein Bax, president of Randstad Canada. “A strong and compelling organizational culture, training opportunities and coaching and career development support are some of the key strategies employers will need to focus on to ensure they tackle their recruiting challenges and successfully attract and retain employees with the right skills. With these tools in hand, employees will be better positioned to cope with the changing job requirements and increasing responsibilities of the workplace."
In addition to employee retention, the right mix of employee training, professional development
, and meaningful work, provides substantial payoffs for employers through increased employee productivity, knowledge, and engagement.
A recent study released by WorldatWork and Hay Group found that when it comes to reward fairness, it’s neither total pay nor salary increases that have the biggest impact on employees’ perception, but development opportunities. “Reward professionals view career development opportunities as the top reward fairness concern because growth opportunities are in high demand by employees, while at the same time, career development processes are not particularly developed in many organizations,” said Tom McMullen, Hay Group’s North American reward practice leader. “Career development concerns are also the number one retention issue for employees, according to our employee opinion database.”
believes that by supporting employees in their career development, you maintain a qualified, professional workforce while fostering greater employee engagement. To assist environmental employers develop and engage their workforce through training and professional development, ECO Canada offers a few options:
The Harvard Stepping up To Management online training program
is designed to assist your project team leaders, employees who work in teams, individuals looking to upgrade their credentials or supervisors and managers who need to enhance their leadership skills develop transferable people management skills. The comprehensive online training program consists of 8 modules that are prioritized according to the employee’s needs and role requirements.
Program benefits include reduced training costs (no travel cost), the capability to monitor employee progress, the consistent application of training due to the online format and the flexibility to be completed at the convenience of employees.
The Canadian Centre for Environmental Education’s Certificate and Master in Environmental Practice
have been developed through a partnership between ECO Canada and Royal Roads University, as an opportunity for your employees to obtain professional development relevant to the environmental industry and their fields of specialization.
Both the Certificate and Master Program are distance-based programs that are flexible and up-to-date with what is happening in the environmental industry. The programs were designed to allow as little work interruption as possible to ensure that work load as well as career momentum continue to be emphasized.
Ultimately, it is crucial that organizations play an active role in the development of their workforce. With a clear professional development strategy in place, organizations can have access to a skilled and adaptable workforce that will help contribute to the continued viability and long-term success of the organization.
For more information on these or any other HR solutions that you may need, please contact: