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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|

Focus: The Key to Balancing Family and Work

Balancing family and work can be a challenging task for anyone. It often feels like there are not enough hours in the day to devote to both, and it can be tough to prioritize one over the other. However, by learning to focus on family with family and on work while at work, you can achieve a more balanced and fulfilling life.

Why Focus is Important

Focus is crucial because it allows you to give your full attention to a particular task or person. When you are fully present in the moment, you are better able to connect with those around you and perform at your best. Conversely, when your attention is divided, you are more likely to make mistakes, miss important details, and feel stressed and overwhelmed.

Focusing on Family with Family

When it comes to family time, it’s essential to be present and engaged with your loved ones. This means setting aside distractions

2023-05-03T23:22:14+00:00May 3rd, 2023|Employees, Job Seekers|

Change At Work

Change is terrifying. From shaving your head fully bald for the first time ever to getting a promotion and your job changing. Change, no matter the type can be scary. The different and unknown approaches and what do you do? Do you run full force at change and accept it for what it is or do you fear change and resist it at all costs? 

Sometimes we have the autonomy to choose. When it is in our personal lives and up to us we have the opportunity to pick and choose when change has the opportunity to affect us. However, we do not have the blessing over everything. Often things can change at work and with the lack of control this too can be challenging!

Workplace changes happen each and everyday. This could include changes to technology, company culture, organizational structure, goals, processes and many more. It is normal to feel uncomfortable about it, but at the same time it is

2023-04-26T17:12:44+00:00April 26th, 2023|Employees, Hiring, Job Seekers|

Confirmation Bias

 Have you ever had that one coworker that you just can’t seem to click with? A co-worker that brings different ideas and opinions to the table that you don’t agree with? And each time they express their thoughts and opinions, you can’t be bothered to listen or play devil’s advocate? You, my friend, are a victim of confirmation bias. 

In a nutshell confirmation bias is when we cherry pick information that is consistent with our own pre-existing beliefs. When we form ideas and beliefs about a person before we really get to see who they truly are, we are letting creative people with new and different ideas down. Individuals that have different opinions and ideas within an organization can actually be a huge asset. You know the saying “two heads are better than one? Imagine what you could do as a business when you have tons of ideas and opinions that are all different from one another. 

All in all, when

2023-04-06T15:50:46+00:00April 6th, 2023|Employees, Employers, Hiring, Job Seekers|

Imposter Syndrome

What only comes when you want it least yet, invite it in? 

Imposter Syndrome. 

You see, as you begin to level up. Whether that be for your personal or professional life it is natural for imposter syndrome to begin to creep in. When new and exciting challenges are coming your way it makes sense that fear or anxiety begin to show more face. The new, the exciting, the unknown, the terrifying. Have you ever experienced this? 

According to a recent survey by Innovative MR, about 65% of professionals experience imposter syndrome. But what is it really? Imposter syndrome is the fear and anxiety built around the looming expectation that others will learn or come to understand that you are under qualified or unable to do what is being asked of you. 

Sound familiar? Perhaps you have started a new job and felt under qualified to be in the role. Maybe you are graduating from school

2023-02-28T14:57:38+00:00February 28th, 2023|Employees, Employers, Hiring|

Preparing Your Mental Health for 2023

A note from one of our student interns as we continue on in 2023.

As we have entered the New Year we take a look back on the goals we accomplished in 2022, the failures we learned from and we try to prepare for a fresh start with new beginnings.  New beginnings can be nerve wracking. We are afraid of the unknown that comes with the New Year. Will I reach my goals? Will I stick to my New Year’s resolution? Will I get that call back for the job I applied for? Not only does the New Year signify our resolutions and celebrations, but also our motivation and what we are going to do to get to where we want to be. But in order to get there, we need to prepare to be the best version of ourselves and that starts with your mental health. 

It has been almost three years since the COVID-19 pandemic began and we

2023-01-25T14:22:09+00:00January 25th, 2023|Employees, Employers|

Gen Z and the Hierarchy

Understanding how to Get the Most from GenZ in the Workplace.

If you want to get a Boomer to do something – Tell them to do it!

If you want to get a GenZ to do something – Give them a bonus!

If you want to get a millennial to do something – Take a picture of them doing it and post it to Instagram.

If you want to get a Gen Z to do something – Tell their mother it needs to be done and she will do it!

As sad as it is, people are still trying to figure out how to get GenZ motivated to work.  Here is the thing, it is not really all that hard you just have to understand where they are coming from and work to meet their greatest need.  This means we need to go back to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and seek to

2022-12-05T15:37:57+00:00December 2nd, 2022|Employees, Employers, Hiring, Job Seekers|

The Value of Listening

As a baby you are taught how to speak. When you are in grade school you are taught to spell. In higher education you are taught to write but when are we taught to listen? Listening can be incredibly difficult but it is the most important part of the communication process. 

Let’s start with a story.

During a particularly hard day of work, Tom walked up to his boss and told him that he had a headache. A headache so bad, that he did not feel functional and had asked to go home. His boss looked at him and said, 

“I used to get headaches all the time but my wife got me on this peppermint essential oil and here, give it a shot! Now you don’t have to go home and can get back to work.”

Dang, he thought to himself. Could he share with him the reasons behind the headache? Could he be

2022-10-28T00:53:06+00:00October 28th, 2022|Employees, Employers|
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