Work-Learn Insight - May 2021

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Welcome to the May Work-Learn Insight Newsletter. As the worldwide vaccine rollout continues, we are optimistic about a return to in-person activities this fall. However, it is safe to say that many aspects of hiring will continue to be altered due to the pandemic.


The Work-Learn Institute has collected data from students and employers to understand the impact that COVID-19 has had on the workforce. Your organization can use this research to better understand the needs of today’s talent in areas such as workplace engagement.

Read on to learn more about engagement trends that have changed throughout the pandemic and strategies to engage young talent in your organization.

Looking for more insights? View previous Insight Newsletters:


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Engage young talent in a remote workforce

Engaging the next generation of talent is more than creating informal and social connections at work. Our Future-Ready Workforce Series outlined three key themes related to engagement and how employers can implement these in their organizations. Plus, hear from one employer on the tactics they use to engage young talent. 

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GenZ engagement trends — pre-COVID to now

A lot has changed over the past year, including what makes employees feel engaged at work. Over the past year, we've collected and analyzed survey results from Waterloo co-op students. As the next generation of talent, we wanted to understand their perspective about which areas of the workplace have been impacted the most by the pandemic. 

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More from WxL

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The future-ready workforce series: Converting & retaining the next generation of talent. Join us on July 14 at 12:00 p.m. ET for the next event in our multi-part series and discover how employers are converting and retaining young talent in today's challenging market. Access research insights from Waterloo experts, as well as student and employer guest speakers, that highlight what is changing in our workforce. You'll also learn how organizations can use their values to motivate young talent, build a supportive, connected and loyal company culture and encourage meaningful contributions. 

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We have templates, checklists and other recruitment resources ready for you. Our Employer+ Resource Hub provides you the expertise, resources and tools to take advantage of all the benefits WIL programs have to offer—including time-saving downloadable templates so you can spend time on what you do best. Keep an eye out for the “Engage/Convert” and “Upskill/Reskill” sections to be launched soon.

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From customizable workshops to data-driven reports to joining us in the development of new research, we look forward to working with you. Find out more about improving how you recruit and hire, engage your employees and upskill/reskill your employees.