COVID-19 has presented challenging times for business organizations, but on another hand, has offered many opportunities to various functional areas. Human Resources Management (HRM) is no exception - especially when it comes to the Health and Safety of the workplace, and most importantly, employee safety and wellbeing.
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) changed its health and safety programs to expand service and delivery options, making it more accessible to Ontario businesses - including small businesses. This led to the need to educate HRM students about WSIB’s initiatives and its new Health and Safety Excellence Program. Many students choose the health and safety function of HRM as their career of choice and COVID -19 has presented more job opportunities in this field.
In order to educate students on the new program, the HRM postgraduate program partnered with WSIB to deliver recurring virtual sessions introducing the board, its initiatives, and mandate in the fall of 2020. First semester HRM and third-semester Global Business Management (GBM) students enrolled in the Occupational Health and Safety course got firsthand information on WSIB’s role in making workplaces safe.
This partnership will further strengthen experiential learning for the HRM program and equip students with the tools, techniques, and processes that businesses need to sign up for the WSIB programs. This knowledge, ability, and skill will increase students’ job prospects in the health and safety area. It also presents a great opportunity to network with WSIB professionals.
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