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Work Life Balance and Intentional Self Care

Through covid the lifestyle of so many people has changed. Not only did people stay home from work but they stayed home from friends, families, events, activities, restaurants … The list goes on and on. Some people picked up new individual hobbies like knitting or drawing, some people got really into their fitness journey and started lifting weights, boxing or biking but regardless of the new addition you have started a personal care journey that post covid may take a back seat to conflicting obligations.

As cerb ends at the end of October and a large group of the population goes back to working it is important to remember that work life balance is just as important now as it was a year ago if not more. 

Taking the time to carve out personal time for yourself and your loved ones is vital to a successful and healthy transition back into a post lock down world. Now, let us preface that

2021-10-08T13:42:40-04:00October 8th, 2021|Employees, Job Seekers|

The Forever Changing Desires of the WorkForce

Baby Boomers – Generation X – Millennials and Beyond 

Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials have all had a different approach to what work life balance has meant to them, based partly on the era in which they grew up and in what they witnessed in both their parents and grandparents generations. 

People born between 1945 and 1960, in the generation known as Baby Boomers, grew up in an era where having a stable career that produced the income necessary to feed your family was the primary task. Reliability and consistency were the main priority for baby boomers and by default they put in continual effort to not only maintain the roles they were in but to be promoted into higher roles where they have remained VP’s, directors and senior executives.

Generation X (born between 1961 and 1980) were the children, nieces and nephews of Baby Boomers. They watched and were personally affected by the absence of their

2021-10-08T10:04:38-04:00October 8th, 2021|Employers, Hiring|

Is Your HR Team Working With or Against You?

Oftentimes in an organization when an HR team is struggling to keep up with recruitment demand it will be suggested by “upper” management to find an agency to help where attention is required. It sounds like a simple solution to a problem but may create a conflict of interest for your HR team, and leave them feeling insecure instead of empowered and supported.  

You may be wondering, why would a solution based approach leave them feeling insecure or conflicted? Simply put, some HR leaders feel insecure about utilizing an agency because it is an admission that they were unable to fill the roles themselves and that “FEELS” like a failure. More than that though, how can they be sure the agency will abide by company policy and practices.  Let’s be clear, people that are skilled in HR are rule followers and makers by nature, they make lists and check boxes and create policy that supports strategy.  They are the masters at systems and do

2021-08-30T10:00:27-04:00August 30th, 2021|Employers|

The Time to go Back to Work is Now

Since Covid has begun the employee market has looked very different than it did just a few years ago and while vaccines are rolling out, restrictions are going down and things are opening back up … employees are not yet going back to work. 

Now it is important that this is prefaced with a thankyou and acknowledgement to everyone who continued to work during the lockdowns and stay at home orders. Having people that continued to go to work and remain employed through these past months has been vital as we move forward. We applaud our Drivers, Warehouse Workers, Retail Workers, Nurses, Doctors and many others who were deemed Essential. Thank YOU!

While getting the government subsidy is nice and there is no doubt that free money is rare and something everyone wants more of, soon it will come to an end and that end will be a rude awakening for many. Enough is enough if you are able it is

2021-08-30T09:29:59-04:00August 30th, 2021|Employees, Employment, Hiring, Job Seekers|

The Recruitment Process

Some of our customers have experienced the process of recruiting themselves either because they do some of their own hiring or they tried to fill a role before reaching out to us. However, lots of our customers only use agencies and don’t really understand the method behind the madness. So many people think about the recruitment process and assume it includes posting an ad and interviewing a few candidates and while yes, we do post ads and interview candidates there is so much more behind the scenes than you would expect.

The Evolution of Recruiting

Recruiting is not a new game, but we are definitely playing by new rules. Year over year recruiting continues to evolve and change. 30 years ago it was as easy as placing a sign outside your building that read “Help Wanted.” 20 years ago the process involved newspaper ads and a quick interview but now with the way that technology has evolved the entire recruitment process

2021-08-02T17:43:09-04:00August 2nd, 2021|Employers|

Priority is Calling

Through the lock down most individuals lived substantially simpler lives than they were once accustomed to. Not only were extra curricular activities canceled but many people were not working and social lives took a pause for the better part of a year. However now as restrictions have started to lift across all of Ontario and Canadians are not only starting to work back towards the lives that they once lived but they are adding more to their plate each and every day. While this is exciting to many it is also causing concern for some as they no longer understand the complexity to balancing their lives. 

Oftentimes people will tell you that their brain is going “a mile a minute” or they have “101 things on their mind.” At the University of Oregon researchers concluded that the average human brain has a capacity of four thoughts that it can entertain at any given time. However, although the average person can think about four things

2021-07-25T20:03:56-04:00July 25th, 2021|Employees, Employment, Job Seekers|

Tomorrow’s Troubles

Do Not Bring Tomorrow’s Troubles Onto Today

Before you buy a house you have an inspector walk through it. Before you have a child you do copious amounts of planning. Before you go on a long road trip you get your oil changed and check your tire pressure. Big events can be stressful but there are always measurable actions that can be put in place to set yourself up for success and mitigate the risk of things going wrong. So that leaves the question, why is it that we still get stressed over things that are outside our control?

Rather than closing your eyes and blindly hoping for the best, come what may, it is more beneficial to do your best to carefully and thoughtfully prepare for the road ahead. Make a plan, execute it, then deal with what cards are dealt to you. So many people pre-stress and freak out about things that are beyond their control. For example; there

2021-06-30T10:13:19-04:00June 30th, 2021|Employees|

Supply Chain

Need to Mend your Broken Supply Chain Post-Pandemic? Lean on the Experts. 

Supply chains keep things running smoothly in your business and are the nuts and bolts of your organization, but they can be extremely vulnerable, especially during trying times. Any weak link caused by an impending issue, such as a global pandemic, can create a major disruption in your company’s production. A weakened supply chain means your human resources team is more important than ever, and being able to fill positions quickly is going to be your best chance at staying afloat.

“Your people are critical to a healthy supply chain.  It’s the people who hold the chain together.”

-Dave MacDonald, President, The Better Together Group

Now is the time to recruit the right team of employees who are going to rebuild your supply chain. Internal resources may be exhausted or insufficient. Leaning on a team of specialized experts who have niche and supply

2021-06-21T13:45:48-04:00June 21st, 2021|Employers|

Why Recent Graduates Shouldn’t be Overlooked in the Talent Pool

Is the Next Generation of Talent Going to Sink or Swim? Why Recent Graduates Shouldn’t be Overlooked in the Talent Pool 


The next generation of Canadians born in the late 90’s, are the single most educated generation of our time, so why are so many of them out of work? The latest group of recent graduates are facing all-new challenges when it comes to joining the workforce, challenges Gen Xers and Baby Boomers never had to experience. No longer does having a framed certificate on the wall guarantee you a job. This generation often gets a bad rap, for being un-motivated or “lazy”, but another reason recent graduates are being overlooked as potential candidates is simply that they’re lacking on-the-job experience.

Nearly 37 percent of Canadian’s born between 1980-1999 with undergraduate degrees are currently unemployed or underemployed. 

This means that Canadians graduating in 2021 are going to be forced to take any job that comes along because they

2021-05-25T08:32:39-04:00May 25th, 2021|Employers|
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