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ACSESS CHAMPION: ADECCO Canada Adecco Canada opens the doors of power to support future leaders

Article by ACSESS Canada

It took a leap of faith for Gilbert Boileau, President of Adecco Canada, to swing open the doors of his office for a month.

That’s exactly what he did. In June, Gilbert invited Alana Couvrette, (pictured above with Gilbert) a 22-year-old student studying public administration and political science at the University of Ottawa, to job shadow him, as part of his company’s CEO for One Month program. As part of the process, she would also share her journey along the way on social media.

Boileau is big believer in giving everyone at all levels a chance to excel but had some reservations. “I questioned how it would come together, yet was intrigued to see the outcome. I would need to allow someone in ‘my bubble,’” explains Gilbert, “but for the program to work effectively, Alana needed to be able to shadow me as I carried out my day. Her job shadowing covered everything, including confidential meetings with other colleagues, events and client meetings. You name it. In the end it was a huge success and I would sincerely recommend it to any CEO.”

This experience was also enlightening for Gilbert. “It was so interesting to share my experience with a young person and fascinating to see things through Alana’s eyes. It forces you to think about things you haven’t considered in years. She is impressive on so many levels. Her energy and enthusiasm was felt by the many teams. Armed with her political background, she was inquisitive, probing and asked me some tough questions. I had to explain so many things to Alana because she has very little background in our industry. It made me reflect on the way I do things…”

Alana was chosen from more than 2,300 applicants to become Adecco Canada’s first ever CEO for One Month, a global program that is part of the company’s Way To Work initiative. Gilbert’s passion for the program and willingness to participate sparked after hearing the global CEO for One Month speak at an international company conference.

“This program is positioning us as an industry leader in attracting the next generation of leaders with our flexible, open and inclusive work environment,” says Christine Marinho, Adecco Canada’s Director of Marketing for The Adecco Group in Canada. “The Millennials represent 37 per cent of the Canadian workforce with 28 per cent of them in managerial roles. The Baby Boom generation is transitioning out of the workforce and we want to foster a supportive environment where we develop leadership talents, encourage the sharing of ideas and provide mentorship at all levels. Our CEO for One Month program allows us to ‘walk the walk’ and provide access to one exceptional leader who will share their experience in real-time with employees and potential candidates via social media.”

What was it like for Alana to be given this extraordinary opportunity?

“It was overwhelming and inspiring in every possible way. I never realized you could get so much done with so little sleep,” she says jokingly. “Yet, I would wake up every morning, excited to be able to do it all again. I had no idea what a CEO does and I wasn’t very familiar with the staffing and employment industry. I’ve had a total of five jobs in my life and now I was working with the CEO.” Watch one of Alana’s Day in the Life video updates.

She and Gilbert instantly clicked. “He treated me as an equal, as we leapt head first into his jam-packed schedule, where we met with amazing Adecco clients, discussed their needs and worked with employees from every function across the organization. Everyone was so committed and excited.”

Alana found Adecco employees to be very special. “They are ‘people’, people, so warm and welcoming. I really enjoyed travelling to meet with clients at their offices and learning about the services Adecco offers. I saw firsthand how fascinating the staffing industry is and how much Adecco cares for its clients and candidates. There are so many myths about the industry. I was in so many meetings about placing candidates and I saw how hard they work to get candidates the best benefits and compensation.”

Some of Gilbert and Alana’s favourite moments were driving to client meetings together and discussing industry issues. It’s where they discovered how the generational divide sparks great debate and fosters understanding. “Both Gilbert and I like to be challenged, to be proven wrong and be shown the faults in our reasoning,” says Alana. “It made for many lively conversations between the two of us. He has a fascinating background and it’s rare for me to have the full attention of someone with his experience. I think we pushed each other to see the world from each other’s eyes.” Alana shares her thoughts on how Millennials and Baby Boomers can help each other enhance their leadership skills in this blog post

Adds Gilbert: “I enjoyed our debates. I think it’s so important for Alana to not only challenge me, but everyone she is working with. There were some interesting debates and I am glad I created a haven for her to share her insights, which was eye opening for us both. This program is meant to benefit Alana but I learned so much as well. It’s not often that you get the opportunity to have someone sitting beside you and observing how you work. She helped me see myself in a different angle, from the viewpoint of someone looking from the outside in.”

What’s next for Alana now that’s she’s helped lead the Canadian group of a multi-million dollar organization for one month? She is being considered along with 48 finalists from around the world for the honour of acting as Adecco’s Global CEO for One Month, shadowing Alain Dehaze, The Adecco Group’s Global CEO. The Global CEO for One Month selected will also receive a salary of 15,000 Euros. You can help Alana achieve her dream of becoming Adecco’s global CEO FOR ONE MONTH. Anyone can rate the candidates.

“I am so proud of Alana,” says Gilbert. “She was thrown in the water and swam so impressively. She had more of a theoretical view of the business world and she was able to see it in practice. It was amazing how poised she was considering everything she went through, meeting so many different stakeholders and engaging in real world discussions. To be able to work with the CEO at a macro level, at her age, is remarkable.”

 

The original article was written by Acsess Canada and can be seen on their website: Click here

As the national voice of recruiting, employment and staffing services industry, the Association of Canadian Search, Employment & Staffing Services (ACSESS) leads Canada to work. ACSESS advances best practices and ethical standards for the staffing industry through advocacy, government relations, professional development, resources and research.

The Permanence of Temporary Labour: Learn the Benefits & Advantages

Temporary workers. Contractors. Freelancers. Associates. No matter what they’re referred to, contract workers are a large and important part of many businesses, industries and Canada’s workforce as a whole.

Let’s take a moment to consider the benefits and importance of temporary labour to Canadian families, businesses and the economy.

Temporary labour:

  • Helps industries meet production quotas and seasonal ramps. Many industries (including Agriculture, Hospitality, Logistics, Manufacturing, IT and the Broader Public Sector) rely on a mix of permanent and contract workers to meet seasonal peaks and ramp ups based on client or market demand, as well as to hire for project-based assignments. Without temporary workers, entire industries and businesses wouldn’t be able to meet these demands. High volume hiring during peak periods creates jobs for over 2 million Canadians and lets businesses grow and compete—further creating employment opportunities when businesses are able to expand.
  • Provides flexibility all around. Not only do businesses require flexibility in scheduling to accommodate periodically extended hours, shift-work, off-hour projects, fluctuating production plans and changing demands, but workers increasingly prefer flexibility in work schedules as well. Study after study has found that younger workers favour flexible work hours, but employers are learning that employees of all ages prefer more flexible schedules too! Parents need the flexibility to schedule their work around PA days, school vacations, doctor’s visits and extracurricular activities. Freelancers love the option of working periodically in between personal or side projects. Many employees are also pursuing continuing education and training, and need the flexibility to accommodate class times, work and school assignment deadlines. And Gen X’ers know far too well the demands that come with being the sandwich generation; taking care of children and aging parents while working a typical 9-5 has many feeling strained. Employees of all generations want flexible work hours with the ability to ramp up and down as their needs change, achieve work-life balance and choose their own schedules. And businesses need the flexibility to meet their varying scheduling and seasonal requirements. Contract hiring fulfills both of their needs.
  • Exposes employees to varied workplaces and industries. When looking at a stack of resumes (or results from a keyword crawler), Hiring Managers focus on 3 sections: the applicant’s experience, technical know-how, and their “soft skills”. Working for different employers, across varied industries and holding several job titles is a fantastic way to strengthen all 3! Accepting contract roles gives employees a first-hand feel for diverse businesses and roles—all the while growing their experience and skills, and reducing “employment gaps” on their resumes. Taking on a contract assignment also lets first-time or transitioning workers “try on” different positions and responsibilities before deciding which fit their needs best. This can be especially beneficial for individuals with unique and sought-after skills who want to try out multiple employers before committing to one that will give them exactly what they’re looking for. It also allows workers an opportunity to get in with a particular employer who may not be hiring on a permanent basis at the time. When that employer does have an opening for a permanent position, the contractors who have already proven their skills and know their operations are often thought of first to fill the role. In fact, over 1,200 of Adecco’s temporary Associates were hired on a permanent basis by our clients last year alone. Temporary employment lets job-seekers prove their skills and gives employers an opportunity to evaluate the best candidates before hiring the most suitable for longer term assignments.
  • Offers employees skills training, experience, mentorship, and benefits. When the temporary labour that businesses need is supplied by a staffing firm, the benefits to both clients and temporary staff are magnified. Temporary staff receive expert guidance from professional Recruitment Consultants on their resumes, cover letters, interview tips, personal branding and presentation skills. They act as the human link between clients and candidates in a sea of online applications. Once candidates are on or between assignments, they get access to not only on-the-job training but also online training seminars and software tutorials they can complete on their own time and upgrade any skills they want—all at no cost to them! Adecco offers 400 of such training modules online to our Associates, ranging from technical software courses and customer service skills, to Health & Safety legislation and procedures. Our Associates can continue to work while they complete courses that strengthen their skill sets and resumes. In addition to the complimentary benefits mentioned above, our Associates can also participate in our robust Group Benefits Plan (once they’ve completed the required number of hours), which entitles them to extended health, dental, drug and insurance benefits. The benefits of working with a staffing firm extend beyond the job experience and skills development temporary workers receive.  Hiring managers can focus on business while the firm takes care of employer responsibilities, oversight, payroll and guidance of their temporary workforce.
  • Presents employment opportunities to vulnerable populations. Contract and temporary employment gives new Canadians an opportunity to land respectable work opportunities, gain work experience and start providing for their families quickly. It gives motivated parents re-entering the workplace after parental leave or life changes an opportunity to start earning a salary once again and edge into longer-term positions. It lets seniors find part-time work, graduates land their first jobs and students get supplementary work while they’re in school. Temporary employment positively impacts every generation, demographic, and facet of Canadian life.
  • Gives Millennials what they’re looking for. Millennials make up over 37% of the Canadian labour force, and they’re increasingly more open to jumping between projects, companies, and industries for experience and variety. They’re also much more likely to pursue “side-hustles” and passion projects—such as graphic design, baking, yoga instruction or writing. Temporary positions fit in nicely with their varied schedules, changing priorities, love of travel and a strong desire for work that fits in with their lives. And when young job seekers or recent grads are challenged in finding a permanent job in a timely manner, working on a temporary or contract basis fills in the gap of not working at all.

With all the benefits that temporary labour provides to business and the economy, employees and their families, it’s no wonder that it’s the preferred career path for millions of Canadians. A large contingency of temporary or part-time workers in Canada voluntarily choose part-time work due to all the reasons discussed above, including a preference for added flexibility or seasonal work, better scheduling around classes for students, and greater work-life balance. In fact, a CareerBuilder/Inavero survey (presented at the 2016 ACSESS Conference) found that 76% of temporary employees work temporarily by choice! Canada’s businesses and industries need temporary labour, and Canada’s workforce loves its advantages. We hope that’s a permanent match.

 

Staffing for Canada Week 2016: Celebrating an Industry that Puts People to Work

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Yesterday marked the start of the annual Staffing for Canada Week, and Adecco has even more to rejoice in this year!

ACSESS - Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing

ACSESS (the Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services) and its members come together in June to recognize the impact of the staffing industry on the Canadian economy and job markets. As a proud long-time member, Adecco joins ASCESS in promoting high ethical standards and bringing awareness to the important services that the staffing industry provides to Canadian businesses and workers.

Started in Edmonton in 1980 as “National Temporaries’ Week”, the week-long celebration aims to recognize the contributions of the hundreds of thousands of staffing industry professionals, temporary workers, contract employees and candidates across North America.

Political leaders, provincial premiers and even the Prime Minister participate in recognizing this special week. Letters from this year’s dignitaries can be found here.

This year, Adecco has even more to celebrate. Leading up to the special week, ACSESS sponsors a writing contest for temporary and contract employees who have had an “Exceptional Experience” with a staffing firm. Catríona Hughes, an Adecco Associate based out of Vancouver, felt that our recruiters went the extra mile to help find her a job she loves and decided to enter the contest. Weeks later, she was overjoyed to learn that her submission won second place!

In her heartfelt essay, Catríona describes her anxiety over finding a job in Canada after her arrival in Vancouver from her native Ireland. In addition to finding a place to live, maneuvering around the city and connecting with new social circles, Catríona worried that her work experience from abroad would be insufficient to land her a good job in Canada:

“Honestly, I didn’t know what road to take in looking for employment,” admits Catríona.

She turned to an online support group for Irish ex-pats in Vancouver. There, she came across a recommendation for Adecco from another member who had a beneficial experience with the firm, calling Adecco “an absolutely brilliant agency with really helpful staff.”

Catríona quickly submitted her resume on Adecco’s website and was surprised to receive a call from a recruiter within 48 hours. “I was completely delighted to have such a fast response from Adecco and when I met [the recruiter] she went above and beyond to explain all policies and information to me in a clear, concise manner. Her warm and friendly disposition was delightful and I was confident that she would be able to help me find a position in Vancouver when I left the Adecco office,” recounts Catríona.

Her instinct was correct. Soon after her interview, Adecco employed Catríona for a large, exciting sporting event at BC Place stadium “where the atmosphere was electric,” she recalls. “I worked at events back home in Ireland before but I never experienced anything on the same scale.”

Catríona did such an outstanding job at the event that Adecco recommended her to a client who was looking for a receptionist in their distribution centre in Burnaby. The client was very impressed and offered Catríona the job within 2 days!

“I couldn’t believe the news, I was completely thrilled and I happily accepted the ongoing temp employment offer,” Catríona gleefully exclaims.

“I’m currently still working [there] and have loved every minute since I started with the company. All of the staff members have been so welcoming and helpful. They’ve made me feel at home which in turn makes each work day thoroughly enjoyable. This aspect is really nice, especially because I’m living so far away from my home in Dublin.”

Catríona also appreciates the continued support she’s been receiving from the Adecco branch who placed her:

“[The recruiter] has provided a superb service and is always efficient in communicating important work information to me. He has been really helpful, providing support any time I have queries and contact him he responds as soon as he can. The work of [Adecco’s] extraordinary recruiters has truly helped me in establishing and enjoying my new life here in Vancouver.”

When ACSESS announced her win, Catríona was ecstatic and reiterated why she entered the contest in the first place. “It was my pleasure to write about my experience with Adecco. The company has been absolutely fantastic in finding me work and providing support so I’m really grateful. I’m so glad that I was able to enter the competition and spread the word about the great work that Adecco and their recruitment consultants do!”

Well, on behalf of Adecco, it is our pleasure to place Candidates and Associates like Catríona with our clients and help them find better work, and create a better life – whether it be their first job in Canada, a brand new career, flexible contract work or career advancement. The success stories that we hear from our Candidates across the country every day make our jobs so rewarding.

We would like to congratulate Catríona on her win and thank her for her kind words, candor and for choosing to work with Adecco.

As an organization, we are also very proud of the recruiters in our Vancouver branch (particular Amber Bechard and Tyler Schwartz) who provided Catríona with the “Exceptional Experience” we strive to provide every candidate who turns to us to advance their careers.

Catríona’s complete essay submission can be accessed here, and more of her winning writing skills can be seen on her travel, trend and fashion blog.

Happy Staffing for Canada Week 2016 to all!