Redesigning Work: A Blueprint for Canada's Future Well-being and Prosperity

Redesigning Work: A Blueprint for Canada's Future Well-being and Prosperity

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By Graham Lowe and Frank Graves
Rotman-UTP Publishing
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2016
World Rights
288 Pages
ISBN 9781442644458
Published Aug 2016
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Canada’s future prosperity is of utmost concern to citizens, industry leaders and policy makers. Using original public opinion research from EKOS, Redesigning Work argues that improving people’s jobs and workplaces can unlock the potential to strengthen Canada’s economy and improve the well-being of Canadians.

Graham Lowe and Frank Graves are two of Canada’s leading experts on work and public opinion. In Redesigning Work the authors provide a blueprint for the future of work in Canada by identifying practical ways to make work more motivating, rewarding and productive. The authors provide fuel for employers, workers, policy makers, HR professionals, and NGOs to combat the negative trends many Canadians associate with their future economic prospects. The book paints an optimistic picture of the future of work by addressing job stress, work-life balance, skill use and engagement.

Graham Lowe is professor emeritus at the University of Alberta. He is currently the president of the workplace consulting firm The Graham Lowe Group Inc.

Frank Graves is the founder of EKOS Research Associates Inc. and is a Fellow of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association.



Chapter 1: How Economic Change Affects Canadians

Chapter 2: Happy, Healthy, and Productive Workers

Chapter 3: Engaged Workers

Chapter 4: What Canadians Value in a Job

Chapter 5: Generations at Work

Chapter 6: Cultivating Workers’ Capabilities

Chapter 7: A Blueprint for Redesigning Work

Chapter 8: Actions to Improve Wellbeing and Prosperity


About the Authors


"Redesigning Work is the product of a genuine dream-team: one of Canada’s leading labour market theorists, partnered with one of Canada’s leading public opinion researchers. Together Lowe and Graves have compiled a treasure trove of hard data documenting the worrisome erosion of inclusive prosperity and the ‘middle class’ dream. More importantly, their analysis points to pragmatic, hopeful strategies for improving jobs and enriching the world of work."

Jim Stanford, former economist for Unifor, Harold Innis Industry Professor of Economics, McMaster University.

"Redesigning Work is a thought-provoking, must-read for HR professionals, line managers and organizational leaders. The authors draw on two decades of rich survey data to produce a guide full of original insights on how to change jobs and workplaces, grounded in a profound understanding of work in 21st century Canada. Readers will find the blueprint and 16-point action plan for individual and collective performance improvement filled with helpful, practical advice. Highly recommended!"

Dr. Michael Bloom, Vice-President, Industry and Business Strategy, The Conference Board of Canada

"Redesigning Work is an original, provocative, and timely book describing Canadians’ views on how to design a better world of work, from two of Canada’s most original thinkers on the important social trends that will determine this country’s future." 

Cam Mustard, ScD, President & Senior Scientist, Institute for Work & Health

"Redesigning Work is a data-rich analysis of the state of Canada’s workers and their job market. Even better, it offers relevant prescriptions to improve the well-being of workers and workplace environments, and thus increase our national prosperity. This is an important book for employers, workers and policy-makers alike."

Honourable John P. Manley, President, Business Council of Canada

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