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Working in the Digital Economy: A Scoping Review of the Impact from Home Arrangements on Personal and Organizational Performance and Productivity

WFH arrangements have risen substantially in an extremely short amount of time. WFH has been associated with several physical and mental health outcomes, however these health and safety issues often receive little resources and attention from a business and managerial perspective compared to organizational and worker performance and productivity. Therefore, aligning WFH practices and strategies with business goals of organizations may help catalyze awareness from decision makers and serve to effectively implement WFH policies.

Brief report of initial key findings: National work from home survey – The impacts of working from home on physical and mental health of Canadians

Led by Conestoga College’s Canadian Institute for Safety, Wellness & Performance (CISWP) and in collaboration with La Trobe University in Australia, we surveyed Canadians across the country between October 27th and December 21st, 2020. During this time frame, there was an average of 5,270 new cases of COVID-19 per day in Canada (Statistics Canada, 2021b). Questions focused on respondents’ mental and physical health, and work-life conflict associated with their WFH experience. At the time of survey completion, over 90% of respondents were working full time hours in a WFH setting.

Addressing Canada's Productivity Challenge

Canada’s economy lags behind many other nations in terms of productivity. It is projected that Canada’s productivity growth rate will be slower than many of its peers over the next thirty years. Addressing Canada’s productivity is a dynamically complex challenge, impacted by international, national and organizational factors. While governments hammer out trade agreements, tax and business policy regimes, there is much that individual organizations can and must do to address productivity improvement.

Use of AI and ML to reduce educational inequities and improve digital learning

Hitch Tech Inc., in conjunction with Conestoga College, is committed to tackling educational inequities by designing and building an information system to revolutionize the connection of printed text and digital content supporting the delivery of high‐quality education. The benefits of this system will serve under‐privileged countries, regions, and peoples in its ability to leverage the existing work of educators across the globe, and to bridge language gaps, in order to link specialized regional and ethnic learnings to formal educational curricula.

Engineering Design for the E-Waste Recycling Industry – Connecting Industry and Students through Curriculum Projects and Applied Research

Project based learning integrates real world challenges directly into curriculum. Over the last ten years, Conestoga, through funding provided by various provincial and federal funding agencies, has engaged industry partners on projects spanning the full breadth of academic programming offered by the institute.
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