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What does a low unemployment rate mean to you?

We’ve moved! To find this article and more like it, check us out at our new home and don’t forget to subscribe. With the record low unemployment rates Canada has seen in the last year, businesses have been faced with a candidate’s market, featuring strong competition for talent and rising average hourly wages. Even as the unemployment rate begins to cool off, it’s important to keep in mind the importance of low unemployment rates to your recruitment strategy.

July’s rise in the unemployment rate to 5.7 percent comes on the heels of months of record lows of the important economic indicator. The unemployment rate even hit a 43-year low of 5.4 percent in May and, while showing signs of cooling off, is still above what it was in July 2018. As we watch the unemployment rate in the coming months, let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of low unemployment for Canadians.

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Working together: how to deal with millennials at work

We’ve moved! To find this article and more like it, check us out at our new home and don’t forget to subscribe. When it comes to working with millennials, Gilbert Boileau, president of Adecco Canada, has some experience. Through Adecco’s CEO for One Month program, Gilbert has been shadowed by talented millennials who were learning the ins and outs of managing a successful organization. In this guest post, Gilbert and 2019’s CEO for One Month, Frances Doria, share what they’ve learned about the generation gap. So, whether you’re managing millennials in the workplace or just looking for tips on how to deal with them at work, read on for our expert advice.

For the past three years I have had the privilege of working with three bright millennials through Adecco’s CEO for One Month program. Each year, the successful participant shadowed me for one month, learning about the industry and our organization. As the president of Adecco Canada, I don’t often have the opportunity to work on a daily basis with people just entering our industry. That’s why it’s been refreshing to work with our Canadian CEO for One Month participants, who have given me a chance to reset and reexamine my worldview while encouraging their growth as young professionals.

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Conducting an Exit Interview: top questions to ask

Employee turnover is inevitable. But you can turn an employee’s departure into an opportunity to learn about what you are doing correctly and where your organization can improve with our guide to conducting valuable exit interviews with departing employees.

Making an exit interview part of your employee offboarding process is key to helping you identify opportunities and implement influential changes in your organization’s processes and procedures. Whether you’re unsure of exit interview best practices or how to conduct an exit interview with a terminated employee, check out Adecco’s essential guide to getting the most out of exit interviews.

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Lowering employee turnover rates by focusing on engagement

In today’s labour market, employee retention is key to a business’ success. With growing competition to attract and retain top talent, high employee turnover rates can be detrimental to the success of a business. That’s why addressing the causes of turnover in your organization can help you maintain your competitive position in the labour market and retain top talent.

When an employee leaves the organization and needs to be replaced, the result is employee turnover. Some employee turnover can’t be controlled; involuntary turnover includes terminations and downsizing. But when it comes to voluntary turnover — that is, employees choosing to leave your organization — there are high price tags attached. Management is forced to spend massive amounts on recruitment and training — ultimately affecting your bottom line. Plus, there’s always the costs associated with a halt or decrease in productivity.

So, if you’re wondering how to reduce employee turnover and maintain a productive and happy workforce, read on for Adecco’s strategies to reduce employee turnover.

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Managing Workplace Conflicts: helpful tips for your next workplace conflict

Dealing with employee conflict is an integral part of a manager’s role. Conflict in your workforce may be inevitable, but it doesn’t have to defeat your office morale or productivity. Find workplace harmony through efficient and effective conflict management approaches outlined in our blog.

Workplace conflict can be draining on your office’s resources: one study by the Society for Human Resource Management found that, on average, human resource teams spend 24 to 60 percent of their time trying to resolve workplace conflict, while a study by Christine Pearson out of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that 53% of workers have lost time over stress of a previous or potential confrontation with a colleague. When different opinions clash, or office politics erupt, Adecco’s tips to mediating workplace conflict will help get your office back to its productive state.

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Outdoor Team-Building Activity Ideas for 2019: How to Get Outside and Strengthen Your Team

As business slows during the summer months, take the time to strengthen your organization with outdoor team-building activities.

If we spend an average of 90,000 hours at work in a lifetime, for some of us, that will add up to a lot of time spent under fluorescent lights staring at a screen. Getting outside can make you healthier; from helping to improve mental health to increasing productivity , leaving the screen behind can have a positive impact on your health and output.

As an employer, of course you want your employees to be happy, healthy and productive. And given the studies mentioned above, it’s clear that encouraging your employees to go outside is one way to help improve their lives. With that in mind, we’ve got the top outdoor team-building activities to get your employees outdoors and working together.

1. Support your local sports team

outdoor team building ideas: 4 soccer players chasing soccer ball

Whether you choose a professional or semi-professional team, getting outside to take in a sporting event is a great team-building activity. The time away from the office allows colleagues to get to know each other in a more relaxed setting and employees are united through cheering on the home team!

2. Be a tourist in your own city

Check out your city through the eyes of a tourist. Choose a popular tourist destination in your town and take a tour. Consider indulging in a food tour, testing your balance with a Segway tour or hitting the waters with a boat tour. Your employees will appreciate the time out of the office and the break from the 9 to 5 grind. Who knows, you may even learn something new and gain a new appreciation for the city you call home!

3. Hit the links at a corporate golf event

What better way to enjoy the sunny warm weather than taking a swing at a nearby golf course. You don’t have to be a pro to appreciate the breathtaking vistas and it’s always fun to learn something new. Mix teams with different skill levels to help coach beginners and play a tournament style such as Best Ball or Scramble that keeps the pace moving and limits frustration for the newbies.

Low cost/no cost team-building activities

Working with a tight budget? No problem! We’ve got options for outdoor corporate team building activities that won’t break the bank.

1. Host a scavenger hunt

Try a scavenger hunt to improve team dynamics and get your employees moving. Last year, Adecco held a scavenger hunt for our employees across Canada in support of Win4Youth, our global sporting program. Adecco branches and corporate departments across Canada competed against each other by submitting photos and videos of the team working together to perform challenges issued by our corporate head office. Need some ideas for fun clues to add to your scavenger hunt? These are a couple of the challenges we issued to our teams last year:

  • Take a picture with your doppelganger
  • Take a picture of your team doing their best yoga pose
  • Take a picture with the president of the company
  • Take a picture of a Canadian icon
  • Take a video of your team and strangers dancing.

2. Volunteer

Outdoor team building ideas: business people raising their hands

Improve office morale and give back to your local community by volunteering as a team this summer. Volunteering is a great way to boost employee engagement and give back to those less fortunate, all while highlighting your organization’s corporate social responsibility program. Helping employees feel better about themselves and the organization they work for.

3. Set up challenges for your team

For team-building games without materials, think about introducing daily/weekly/monthly challenges for your employees to get them outside and away from their screens for a little while. Company-wide Couch to 5K challenge? Monthly department meeting in the park? Nature photography competition? The activities and amount of friendly competition are specific to your teams, but by encouraging your team to take a break and flex different muscles can help make them more productive and ready to work when they get back to their desks.

It’s why Adecco supports the Win4Youth program, where Adecco colleagues, clients and temporary employees track their kilometres and sporting hours in support of a corporate donation to Plan International based on our results. It’s a program that introduces a small level of competition into our day and allows us to see our activity and where we’ve made improvements. If you’re an Adecco client, join us here!

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