What does the future holds for business women in the Canadian workplace?

Randstad Canada launches the second edition of its Women Shaping Business Program

TORONTO, Oct. 7, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Randstad Canada today launched the second edition of its Women Shaping Business Program, aimed at exploring the challenges and opportunities for today's Canadian women in the workplace.

A key element of the program, Randstad Canada has once again conducted a nationwide survey in collaboration with Ipsos Reid, polling over 500 female executives and managers. The survey asked women how they feel the country has progressed toward more equal workplaces, and about the opportunities and challenges that exist in the country's corporate culture. Preliminary results from the survey show that equality between men and women in the workplace has progressed, but corporate Canada still has a long way to go.

"While we see in the research that women feel there will be more opportunities for them to obtain managerial and executive positions, some challenges remain, whether related to compensation, work-life balance, or mentorship. The study provides us with a valuable opportunity to take a hard look at the current perceptions of Canada's female executives, examine areas where progress still needs to be made, and reflect ont how today's organizations can start to affect change", says Gina Ibghy, Chief People Officer, Randstad Canada.

In addition to the survey, Randstad Canada had also launched the Women Shaping Business Award, designed to recognize women leaders who are impacting workplaces and communities around the country. Canadians are asked to share stories of female leaders who have impacted their businesses and communities. One women nominated will be awarded as 2013's Women Shaping Business, with the nominee of the winner being awarded $10,000 to donate to a charity of their choosing.

More information on the Award nomination process can be found at the new campaign site www.womenshapingbusiness.com.

The full report based on the findings of the study will be released on October 15, and can be found on www.womenshapingbusiness.com, and the 2012 report is currently available for download. The site includes real stories about women leaders, research on the state of female employment in regions Canada, and articles about the differences in legislation and the availability of child care.

''We want executives, employees and all Canadians to have an open discussion about the place of business women in the Canadian workplace. In order to attract the top talent and truly promote gender diversity in more senior roles, it will be important for Canadian employers to support, develop and promote women leaders, and demonstrate how their career opportunities are as attractive for women as they are to men", says Ibghy.

You can also find our campaign on Twitter with the hashtag #womenshapingbiz.

About Randstad Canada: Randstad Canada is the Canadian leader for staffing, recruitment and HR Services. As the only fully integrated staffing company in the country, we understand the recruitment needs and demands of employers and job seekers across all levels and industries. Through our insightful knowledge of local markets, employment trends and global network of recruitment experts, we are shaping the Canadian world of work. Visit randstad.ca

SOURCE: Randstad Canada

For further information:

James Rubec
Marie-Noelle Morency
416.962.9578 x2512
514.350.5309 x233


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