It’s time to hire temporary professionals

It’s time to hire temporary professionals

How to recognize the signs that temporary professionals might be exactly what you need to help your team and your business: Lack of suitable permanent candidates A skills shortage can prevent you from finding the right candidate quickly, leaving you with a deficit in your team. If you have a role that you need to fill, find a temporary member of staff until the right fit can be found. A heavy team workload With multiple projects due for delivery and a heavy workload, a professional looking for temp work can help free up your more valuable permanent employees. This helps to take the pressure off your top performers, leaving them free to focus on important tasks without feeling overwhelmed. Need for niche skills and the digital transformation Permanent workforces don’t often possess specialist skills and niche abilities. Freelance and temporary professionals can come in on a short-term contract—especially if you know you won’t necessarily require those skills again for future projects. It’s also not uncommon for businesses to hire temporary skilled professionals to take the reins while they train up existing members of staff to prepare them for the digital transformation of the business. Annual leave If you’re concerned that too many of your top performers will be on annual leave at the same time, a temporary member of staff can help pick up the slack for temp work and relieve the pressure on remaining staff members, who may otherwise have had to share the workload. Limited budgets If you’ve noticed that there’s room in your team for a new professional but you simply don’t have the budget to...
Unemployment on a Record Decline in Canada

Unemployment on a Record Decline in Canada

The unemployment rate in Canada fell to a new four-decade low this May. Statistics Canada’s monthly Labour Force Survey showed that the unemployment rate dropped from 5.7 per cent to 5.4 per cent; beating the previous low of 5.6 per cent set late last 2018. The part-time segment remained unchanged with all of the gains coming in full-time employment. Self-employment was responsible for all of May’s job growth. Notably the drop in unemployment was largely due to a surprise decline of nearly 50,000 in the size of the labour force. Nevertheless, the labour market has added more than 400,000 jobs in the past nine months, including 250,000 since the beginning of 2019. Below are some note-worthy observations. Insights by sector from May: Health care and social services up 20,400 jobs Professional, scientific and technical services up 17,200 jobs Manufacturing up 9,400 jobs Business and building-support services segment up 19,400 jobs Accommodations and restaurant employment up 12,400 jobs Insights by province: Five out of 10 provinces posted job gains Ontario up 20,900 jobs British Columbia up 16,800 jobs Quebec up 11,600 jobs Newfoundland and Labrador up 2,700 jobs Alberta up 2,200 jobs With a drop in unemployment, it can be tough to find and retain high-quality candidates. Get in touch with Staffworks to learn more about how we can help. Connect with us on Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter for industry insights, opportunities, and more....
Creating Work-Life Balance

Creating Work-Life Balance

No matter what career you’re in or how many additional commitments you have, creating a healthy  work-life balance is absolutely essential when it comes to leading a happy and productive lifestyle. But balancing work and play it’s not always easy – especially if you have a particularly demanding career. Listen to your body Many professions require a lot of time and effort, and sometimes large amounts of downtime just isn’t possible if you’re determined to do well. But it’s all about finding that balance. By recognizing your own individual triggers and understanding when you’re overdoing it, you’ll be able to recognize the early warning signs before you start burning out. Don’t ignore the signs. Feeling tired? Sleep. Getting ill? Take a sick day. There’s nothing wrong with giving yourself a break. Just make it’s on your terms.  Understand that balance is good Creating a good balance between your work life and your personal life will allow you to be more productive in both areas. Work-life balance doesn’t always refer to a solid line between work and play. Whether it’s by working from home, when you need quiet space for a project, or dedicating time to group brainstorm sessions where collaboration is necessary – creating your own balance between teamwork and head-down work is equally essential to achieving productivity in all aspects of your job. Keep your life a balanced amount of work, recreation, and rest in order to stay fully functional. Remember what it is that you like about work Always dreading work? Don’t know what a weekend is? Knowing when to switch off is often the best way...
Simple Tips to Deal with Stress in the Workplace

Simple Tips to Deal with Stress in the Workplace

Feeling a bit snowed under at work? Well, you’re certainly not alone. It is, however, a good idea to have some stress-busting tools for when deadlines arrive or tasks seem to be mounting at work. Here are 4 simple tips to help you deal with stress that you can easily put into practice at your desk: Take a moment to breathe. If you’re coming out of a tense meeting and need to clear your head, or perhaps you’re nervous about a presentation coming up, deep breaths can calm your nerves. Inhale slowly through your nose for a count of 5, then exhale through your mouth for 5. Repeat as you need. Write it down to get it out. Sometimes it can be difficult to juggle priorities, leaving you feeling overwhelmed by the amount left to be done. By writing everything down, you can immediately visualize what tasks need to be tackled and when. By getting them out of your head and onto paper, you’ll make them feel much more manageable. Ticking things off as they are completed with also help you feel much more productive. Practice self-compassion. Remember to go easy on yourself. When you get into a negative thought spiral about work-related issues, ask yourself this: “What would I say to a friend if I heard them say this about themselves?” We’re often our own harshest critics. Don’t be tempted to skip meals. Coffee isn’t breakfast! Your diet doesn’t just have a physical impact, it has an impact on your mental health too. A good rule of thumb is to go for protein-heavy meals in the morning, such as eggs or Greek...
How to Prove You Deserve a Promotion This Year

How to Prove You Deserve a Promotion This Year

Here are some tips to help you prove to your boss that you deserve a promotion: Communicate It’s important to have an open communication channel with your employer. If you’ve previously asked for a promotion and have been declined because “you’re not ready yet,” ask your boss why they think you’re not ready and what you should do to improve. The truth is that every industry and boss have different standards or requirements. When you know what they’re looking for, and you’re working toward being that person, only then can you prove that you deserve a promotion. Choose your words carefully. Instead of “I want a promotion because I deserve it” or “I need the money” lean more towards “I believe I could bring much more benefit to the organization with a more senior position because…” afterwards, continue with your reasoning. Identify and showcase the profits The first thing you should do is identify the profitable “trends” you’ve supported, promoted or initiated. Emphasize what you’ve brought to the table as an employee—make a comprehensive list highlighting all your relevant accomplishments and all that the company has gained from your expertise. Back your claims with stats Your argument, in this case, cannot be totally subjective or emotional, it should be based on facts and statistical figures. Produce a professionally formatted document featuring the profits the company has gained solely from your contribution. Consistency is key here. Having one or two good reports or well-managed projects will not have the same effect as a consistent 6-month productive contribution. Having a consistently good file will help you address the situation more effectively....