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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 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|

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|

How will you transition back to the work place after the stay at home order in Ontario?

To keep operations going in 2020 many businesses were forced to shift to a work-from-home model but what happens when your employees have grown accustomed to working in pajamas and don’t want to return to work? It’s a challenge that companies are beginning to face as businesses begin to build back. Employees are now ranking quality of life and their overall mental health higher on the list of priorities over the 9-5 daily grind. 

According to a recent Canadian survey, 33 percent of employees currently working remotely said they would quit if forced to return to work.

With these alarming statistics, it can be a daunting task for management teams to start bringing their workers back to the office especially if they don’t want to. Preparing your employees to come back post-pandemic can pose multiple challenges, number one being the list of demands employees now expect you to meet before returning to work.

“Employers will likely bend

2021-04-27T21:02:21-04:00April 26th, 2021|Employers, Hiring|

Hiring Strategies for Building Back Post Pandemic

Despite the hinging challenges that COVID-19 has displayed across major industries, companies are hiring at a rapid pace as they look to build back post-pandemic. Over the next year, businesses will be looking for ways to come back stronger than ever, and one crucial way to do that is by making sure they have a dynamic team of employees to stand behind them. Since a lot of talent was walked out the door in 2020, businesses are starting to realize that not only will some of those employees not be coming back, but they might not be the right fit for the job anymore. 

“The reality is, that during COVID many companies have had to make cuts. And some of those cuts cut deeply. As you start to build back your business, you need to make sure you’re sourcing the best talent available. More specifically, next-generation talent.”

Dave MacDonald, President, Better Together Group

With major shifts happening across a variety of industries, businesses now

2021-03-10T10:55:03-05:00March 10th, 2021|Employers, Hiring|

How Much is a Bad Hire Really Costing You?

The cost of a bad hire is shockingly high. And we don’t just mean financially. Hiring the wrong employee can have a multitude of negative effects on your business.

A bad hire can be a detrimental mistake to a company’s bottom line. Not only does hiring the wrong employee cost time and money, it can be a major setback in corporate culture, productivity, momentum and maintaining your overall credibility within your industry.

Unfortunately, this costly mistake is happening over and over again, as more than 74% of employers admit to having lost money by hiring the wrong employee.

The first step to avoiding a bad hire, is knowing the risks and being able to recognize the signs at a recruitment level, especially in a competitive hiring market.

With the right tools in place and the right team on your side, you don’t have to be a victim to a bad hire.

The Hard Costs of a Bad Hire

Hiring the wrong candidate can have a major impact on your company’s budget and bottom line. Beyond

2021-01-21T15:03:06-05:00January 21st, 2021|Employers|

A goal without a plan is meaningless

Let’s say that you are in your hometown of West Reading, Pennsylvania going downtown with some friends for dinner and the local pub that you show up at has a great little country singer named Taylor Swift, who you enjoy listening to as the night passes. By the end of the evening, you go over and drop a $10 bill in her guitar case because … she earned it! She sang her little heart out and did a good at it too.

A few years go by and this little country singer has blown up. She has released multiple albums and started touring. She performs large concerts and sings for thousands of people. Finally, you have the night off work and get a group of friends together to go to her concert. As you purchase the ticket it does not phase you that you are paying $250 to go watch her because she is worth it. Taylor started out young, she put in a lot of time and energy into

2021-02-19T17:08:48-05:00January 21st, 2021|Employees, Employers, Employment, Hiring, Job Seekers|

What to Look For When Hiring a Staffing Agency

The Better Together Difference

Regardless of the industry, the one commonality all businesses have is wanting to ensure they have a strong workforce in place heading into the new year. To be successful in any business you need a team of top-notch employees to get the job done.

Whether you’re looking to hire temporary employees to meet new demands or long-term employees to build your growing empire, a staffing agency can be the greatest asset a company can have.

That being said, not all staffing agencies are one in the same. It’s important that you perform your due diligence when choosing a staffing firm to partner alongside. Here are a few things to look for in a quality staffing agency and what makes The Better Together Group stand out from the rest.

Setting the Bar High

Look for an agency who sets the hiring bar high, and then catapults over it.

The Better Together

2020-12-29T19:59:42-05:00December 29th, 2020|Employers, Hiring|
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