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Integrity, Intensity, and Intentionality: Cornerstones of Exceptional Employees

In the modern workplace, where competition is fierce and the demand for high-quality performance is relentless, certain character traits stand out as essential for finding and nurturing employees who will contribute meaningfully. Among these traits, integrity, intensity, and intentionality emerge as three of the pivotal characteristics for the makeup of a good employee. Understanding and prioritizing these three traits can significantly enhance an organization’s ability to attract, develop, and retain top talent. Drawing on the insights of renowned authors like Steven Covey, Patrick Lencioni, and Gino Wickman, let’s dive into the definitions of these traits and explore their critical importance in the workplace.

Defining Integrity, Intensity, and Intentionality

**Integrity** is often considered the bedrock of personal and professional ethics. It refers to the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. In his seminal work, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” Steven Covey emphasizes integrity as a fundamental principle that underpins trustworthiness and reliability. Covey asserts that integrity involves

2024-06-07T19:00:39+00:00June 7th, 2024|Employers, Hiring|

Trading Job Flexibility for Stability During Tough Economic Times

Let’s dive into an important topic that impacts many of us: job stability in today’s economy. In a world that glorifies flexibility, it’s time to explore the often-overlooked advantages of good ol’ fashioned job stability.

The Importance of Job Stability

Listen, I know we live in an era where freedom and flexibility are held up on a pedestal. We’re bombarded with messages telling us to pursue our passions, work when and where we want, and embrace the gig economy like it’s the key to eternal happiness. But here’s the reality: job stability is the backbone of a thriving career in the modern world.

In a constantly fluctuating economy, having a stable job provides you with a solid foundation for growth and financial security. It’s like constructing a sturdy house on solid ground instead of building a treehouse in a turbulent forest. With job stability, you can plan for your future, confidently pay the bills, and even

2024-05-31T18:45:19+00:00June 7th, 2024|Employees, Employers|

Teething on Transportation


Bridging the Gap Between Stereotypes and Reality

Growing up with a grandfather who was a driver and a father who owns a driver agency, the concept of the transportation industry was ingrained in my world from an early age. However, reconciling my love for my pink fluffy wardrobe room with a desire to obtain an AZ license or balancing perfectly manicured nails with owning an agency that helps people hire drivers myself might seem contradictory. How does one straddle these seemingly opposing worlds?
In my opinion, it all boils down to education and awareness. 

From an outsider’s perspective, the transportation industry can appear intimidating. Stereotypes often paint a grim picture, associating it with steel-toed boots, lot lizards, and the horrific scenes of Final Destination 2. This skewed perception doesn’t do justice to the dedication and hard work of our drivers. It fails to acknowledge that the food on our dinner tables, the packages we receive, and the products we enjoy wouldn’t be

2023-12-15T21:08:56+00:00December 15th, 2023|Employees, Employers, Job Seekers|

The Three III’s of Hiring

INTENTIONALITY. INTEGRITY. INTENSITY.


A long time ago in London Ontario, a little boy was a rugrat of a child. Running the streets of his small farm town with the other hoodlums around the neighborhood. He would take his dad’s car for joy rides, hitchhike across the US, or get fired from every job he had. 

However, as time slowly passed on this little boy turned into a man. He moved to the United States to meet the love of his life and began a family with two amazing twin boys and later, a daughter. The rambunctious nature of his youth was slipping away as bills began to pile up and his family’s needs formed before him. A family to take care of. To protect and guide. 

As Dave’s career continued to morph and the children continued to grow, he knew that starting his own staffing service was his next best opportunity. As the business grew along with his

2023-08-31T16:59:53+00:00August 31st, 2023|Employers, Hiring|

Embracing the Fall Rhythm: The Power of Scheduling for a Balanced Life

Introduction

As the days grow shorter and the leaves begin to paint the landscape in hues of amber and gold, it’s a clear sign that fall is upon us. This season marks a time of transition, not just in nature, but also in our daily lives. For parents, it’s the return of school routines, and for many professionals, work tends to pick up as we inch closer to the end of the year. With the busy winter season looming ahead, now is the perfect time to delve into the importance of a well-structured schedule, not only for managing the chaos but also for safeguarding our mental wellness.

Back to School: A Chance for Parents to Reset

The start of a new school year brings with it a sense of renewal – a chance for parents to reset their routines and embrace the structure that comes with school schedules. During the carefree days of summer,

2023-08-31T18:08:49+00:00August 30th, 2023|Employees, Job Seekers|

Back to Basics

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone was expecting the world to return to its “new norm.” Perhaps you heard these words a time or too. The world witnessed a significant disruption across industries, forcing businesses to adapt and rethink their strategies at the core. However, as we navigate the path to recovery, there is a growing realization that returning to the basics of business practices can yield substantial benefits. This “what’s old is new” philosophy is particularly relevant when it comes to outbound sales calls, creating customer relationships, and so much more. 

The Power of Outbound Sales Calls

In the age of digital marketing and social media, outbound sales calls might seem outdated. In the midst of the pandemic doors were not only closed but locked. Keeping all human to human interaction at a minimum. However, for this reason the pandemic has emphasized the value of personalized human connections.

2023-07-07T04:04:12+00:00July 7th, 2023|Employers, Hiring|

Greener Grass Love Goggles

Throughout our lives, many of us have experienced moments of questioning our current jobs or careers and wondering if the grass is greener on the other side. This phenomenon stems from a variety of factors, such as ambition, curiosity, and the desire for change which is very normal. However, making a leap without proper exploration can be risky. Working with agencies provides an opportunity to “check out the grass on the other side” without committing to it fully, offering valuable insights and guidance. Let’s dive into the reasons behind the perception of greener pastures in the job market and highlight the advantages of partnering with agencies to navigate career transitions.

Dissatisfaction and the Pursuit of Fulfillment

One reason people believe the grass is greener on the other side is a sense of dissatisfaction or lack of fulfillment in their current jobs or careers. This feeling may arise from various factors, including

2023-07-07T03:52:08+00:00July 7th, 2023|Employees, Job Seekers|

Preparing for Economic Uncertainty: Best Practices for Canadian and American Employees Before the 2023 Recession

As Canada and the US brace for the potential impact of the upcoming recession in 2023, employees find themselves facing uncertain times. Will I keep my job? Will we have work? These daunting thoughts can be frustrating and agonizing. However, by adopting proactive measures and implementing best practices, individuals can better navigate the challenges that lie ahead. In this article, we will explore essential steps Canadian employees can take to prepare themselves before the recession hits, ensuring a stronger and more secure professional future.

  1. Enhance Professional Skills:

During an economic downturn, the job market becomes increasingly competitive. To stand out among peers, employees should invest in enhancing their professional skills. Identify areas for improvement or new skills that align with industry trends and take advantage of online courses, webinars, and workshops. By upgrading your skillset, you become a more valuable asset to your current employer and a more attractive candidate for potential

2023-06-09T16:10:43+00:00June 9th, 2023|Employees, Job Seekers|

Navigating the Impact of the 2023 Recession on Staffing in Small and Large Companies

People and businesses alike are preparing and going through the motions as the 2023 recession approach continues. Sometimes it can be easy to sweep things under the rug and forget they ever existed. However, it is important to prepare for these recessions to put businesses, big and small in a place where they can come back out the other side. As the global economy faces uncertainties and challenges, businesses of all sizes brace themselves for the impact of the 2023 recession. During times of economic downturn, staffing becomes a critical consideration for both small and large companies. Explore how the recession is expected to affect staffing and insights on how businesses can navigate these challenging times. 

  1. Focus on Efficiency and Productivity:

During an economic downturn, businesses are forced to streamline their operations to survive. This shift toward efficiency often means doing more with fewer resources. As companies prioritize productivity, automation and technology

2023-06-09T15:59:56+00:00June 9th, 2023|Employers, Hiring|

Canadian and American R&R Differences

When first opening up a business in the United States we were very aware that we would experience a little bit of culture shock. And we did; crossing boards, making moves and learning about all the changes to be made. It was not just a few. While Canada and America do share a fair number of similarities they also are vastly different in a lot of ways as well. The business environment in North America is diverse and dynamic but with both the US and Canada offering such unique opportunities and challenges for businesses operating across the regions, what is the difference in their recruiting and retention? 

Staffing

One of the primary goals of any staffing strategy is to ensure that a business has the right people in the right roles to achieve its objectives. One key difference between the two countries is the prevalence of labor unions. In the United States, labor unions are relatively common, especially in certain industries

2023-05-03T23:37:25+00:00May 3rd, 2023|Employers, Hiring|
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