The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (formerly known as Bill 148) is now a reality for employers in Ontario, effective January 1, 2018. A part of the Act encompasses new Personal Emergency Leave (PEL) regulations. This part of the Act is extremely comprehensive so we’ve compiled this blog post to help share the information with other seasonal and tourism/hospitality employers.
Fall leaves, snow and hot chocolate might seem far away, but summer is the hottest time to staff up for fall and winter. Planning ahead and getting people in place now means you won’t end up scrambling when your summer staff head back to school in September.
At Mobilize, the entire HQ team has been so focused on moving forward and preparing for the next launch (in this case, summer 2017) that we haven’t had time to take a breather and look back on the our last season – Launch 6 from September 2016 to April 2017. We’d like to take this […]
After seeing Mobilize help with a staffing shortage at a neighbouring business, Bill Karas, owner of Glacier Mountain Lodge in Blue River, BC tried the program at his own hotel – with very successful results. The program’s structure, with the flexibility of seasonal deployment cycles, is ideal for their operation. “We can plan to have staff when we need them most,” says Karas. “And the calibre of that staff is great. The Mobilize workers were better than the people we would have found on our own.”
The Best Western Valemount struggled to stay operational due to severe staffing shortages – they simply couldn’t attract enough people to meet demand. The result was too few people working too many hours, which led to overworked, burned-out employees. Christine Latimer, the General Manager, turned to Mobilize to see if they could help meet the hotel’s labour challenges.
Mobilize is growing! Employers are experiencing all the benefits of our seasonal staffing model, and we’re placing more and more young Canadians in businesses across the country to meet shortages in industries that have traditionally faced big staffing challenges. If you aren’t familiar with Mobilize, it’s a new staffing model that works on a rotational […]
Chad Gulevich, owner/operator of two hotels and partnered in a third in western Canada, talks about his five seasonal deployments with Mobilize Jobs, including two very busy, high-season summers. Good people are hard to find Gulevich and his team traditionally spent a lot of time recruiting from eastern Canada and internationally; due to their remote […]
Mobilize is growing! Employers are experiencing all the benefits of our seasonal staffing model, and we’re placing more and more young Canadians in businesses across the country to meet shortages in industries that have traditionally faced big staffing challenges. In the last six months we placed over 200 Mobilize workers throughout Canada, at 20 member properties in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Yukon. Since launching in 2014, the program has placed more than 350 young Canadians across the country, with great feedback from member properties.
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Success factor #5: Make the experience hassle-free
In the last few posts, we’ve talked about some of the challenges of hiring millennials – and how employers can use our insights to attract them to industries facing a labour shortage. We’ve covered the need to make the experience exciting, educational, career-focused and structured. In this post, we share the fifth and final insight gained from talking to and working with millennials: employers need to make the experience easy.
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Success factor #4: Create the structured experience millennials want
While examining what’s key to hiring millennials into hard-to-staff jobs, we encountered a surprising insight. They want to know exactly when they’ll start working, and more importantly, when they will finish. This desire for structure is one of the most interesting lessons we’ve learned about working with millennials while running the Mobilize program.