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Cannabis – The New Economy

With predictions[1] for cannabis demand in Canada reaching $22.6 billion a year, the Canadian economy can expect a huge boost from its legalization.

Impacting the labour market, post-secondary education and tax revenue, cannabis legalization is set to have far-reaching effects on the Canadian economy.

New marketplace, new jobs

The obvious contribution legalizing cannabis will make to the Canadian economy is job creation. Thousands of jobs are destined to emerge, including hands-on positions such as research and development, production, packaging, and security, as well as positions required to run a new enterprise or corporation including clerical, legal, marketing, and accounting roles. We can expect mass hiring of employees to staff these developing new enterprises from the ground up.

Building an industry

Alongside growth in jobs, other infrastructural changes are inevitable, including the need for new growing facilities[2] and supply chain improvements. As a result of increased demand for cannabis, we will also see growth in demand for complementary goods and services.

Cannabis and higher education

With a new industry comes increased demand for qualified professionals in an unexplored field. To accommodate these needs, new post-secondary courses and fields of studies are emerging,[3] providing students and young professionals with the skills and background knowledge required to be successful in this budding business. As production and legal recreational consumption becomes normalized, it’s expected that students will increasingly explore professions and post-secondary programs in the field.

Tax and fees

Finally, legalization is expected to bring in hundreds of millions of dollars[4] in tax and fee revenue for Canada — which includes taxes, retail markups, producer licences and private retailer licences in select provinces.

With the birth of the legal cannabis industry in Canada, the far-reaching impact on the Canadian economy is unfolding in front of us. The effects of increased demand of both the product and other elements in the supply chain will become clearer as the regulatory framework is established and market demand comes into focus.

This is the last in our series on the legalization of cannabis. You can find previous posts by visiting our Employer resources page on our website.


[1] http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/marijuana-ontario-price-market-sales-1.4298311

[2] http://business.financialpost.com/real-estate/property-post/the-rush-is-on-for-grow-ops-as-canada-heads-toward-legal-weed

[3] https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canada-universities-colleges-expand-course-offerings-for-careers-in-marijuana-industry/article37847833/

[4] https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/305790

Cannabis and the Impact on Employee Health

With legislation set to pass and legalize cannabis, the intricacies of its usage may change. To keep health and safety at the forefront in the workplace, employers will need to set clear boundaries regarding its use.

Although consumption of cannabis during work hours for medical purposes is not a new phenomenon, recreational use has the potential to affect an employee’s health, and, the health and safety of a company’s workforce.

Use in the workplace

The Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) extends to allow disabled workers the use of medical cannabis when prescribed. Although under this act, employers must accommodate these workers, this code does not permit the worker to be impaired at work or endanger their safety or the safety of others.[i] Should a worker show signs of marijuana impairment, an employer must assign the individual tasks considered safe. For recreational users, employers still hold the right to set rules for the non-medical use of marijuana in the same manner they set alcohol consumption restrictions. Increasingly, employers will need to prioritize their workplace policies and clearly outline and communicate their policy regarding the recreational use of cannabis during work hours.

Employee health and safety

Similar to alcohol, the effects of cannabis will vary from person to person. The THC in marijuana can affect coordination, reaction time, focus, decision making abilities and perception.[ii] This means that there may be potential effects on an employee’s body, brain and overall mental state. For that reason, cannabis consumption in the workplace can be particularly dangerous for employees in fields like construction and manufacturing — or any position requiring the operation of a vehicle or heavy machinery. To prepare for its changing legal status, employers should revisit drug workplace policies to identify whether a change is required to reflect the change in legislation, in addition to outlining disciplinary action for substance abuse in the workplace.

Benefit plans

With more recognizable medical benefits and the normalization of cannabis as a treatment option for symptoms ranging from arthritis to cancer, the number of medical marijuana patients across Canada nearly doubled by the end of September 2017; reaching more than 235,000.[iii] As this number continues to grow, so does the pressure on benefit providers to include cannabis coverage in their health plans. Sun Life is the first provider to accommodate, providing members with the option to add medical cannabis coverage only for set conditions and symptoms. With the pending legalization, it is only a matter of time before other benefit providers follow suit and normalize cannabis coverage options.

The changing legal status of recreational cannabis use will undoubtedly impact the workplace in its early stages. With clear boundaries and rules in place surrounding the recreational use of cannabis, employers can mitigate any potential issues and maintain a happy, healthy workforce.

To view more of our blogs and articles, visit our Employer resources page on our website.


[i] https://www.pshsa.ca/cannabis-in-the-workplace/

[ii] https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/hc-sc/documents/services/campaigns/27-16-1808-Factsheet-Health-Effects-eng-web.pdf

[iii] http://business.financialpost.com/news/fp-street/sun-life-financial-to-add-medical-pot-option-to-group-benefits-plans

 

The Evolution of the Administrative Professional

The Administrative professional role has evolved to mirror changing times. Expanded responsibilities and skill sets has given this vital role a new meaning and organizational impact.

 


The early days

Started by the Industrial Revolution, administrative assistants were first referred to as secretaries. As the industrial expansion caused office businesses to face a large amount of paperwork, the role of the “secretary” was introduced to resolve this influx of work.[i] The term itself had the eventual connotation of something private or confidential, as with the English word secret. A secretarius was a person, therefore, overseeing business confidentially, usually for a powerful individual. Initially, men held this prominent position, however, the introduction of women into the workforce allowed companies to hire females in these roles at lower wages[ii] Often designated as “personal” or “private” secretaries, the role was popular amongst women seeking a professional status.  At that time, secretaries were required to possess strong typography and communication skills in order to support such tasks as answering and dispatching calls, and, redacting documents on their typewriters. Although undervalued, secretaries played an essential role in the overall performance of the office.

Present day

Often referred to as Administrative Professional, Office Coordinator or Executive Assistant — gone are the days of a singular title to categorize this pivotal role. An evolving society and the introduction of technology has clearly changed all facets of the administrative professional role. Today, administrative professionals manage the day-to-day functions of an office and many even have the added tasks of managing budgets, bookkeeping, maintaining websites, travel arrangements and managing meetings. Many organizations seek administrative professionals with a varying skill set —  from typing at high speeds using technical or foreign languages, accounting to strong communication skills to interact with the public.

This profession has gone from being male dominated and entry level to a female dominated field offering full-time careers with competitive salaries and a potential for career growth. For every call you answer, document you prepare, spreadsheet you manage and of course the many other tasks you complete every day, thank you and happy Administrative Professionals day!

Looking to start your next administrative career? Look no further! With thousands of online training courses in applications such as Microsoft Office, we have all the tools you need to snag the admin job of your dreams!

To view more of our blogs and articles, visit our Employment resources page on our website.


[i] http://money.cnn.com/2013/01/31/news/economy/secretary-women-jobs/index.html

[ii] http://money.cnn.com/2013/01/31/news/economy/secretary-women-jobs/index.html

 

Sustainable Energy and Engineers

The green movement is increasing pressure on governments and industry alike to develop efficient renewable energy sources. Engineers play a crucial role in the development and implementation of these sustainable energy sources. 

In a conscious effort to minimize the use of fossil fuels that are harmful to our environment, we are moving towards a greater reliance on re-useable energy sources including solar, wind, geothermal and hydroelectric. The growth of these areas has increased job opportunities for both recent graduates and experienced engineers.

Solar engineers

The falling costs of materials and new technologies have resulted in great growth for solar energy, making it one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy.[i] Many are opting to incorporate solar panels into their projects not only for the positive impact on the environment but also due to the reduction in monthly energy bills, potential government subsidies and tax incentives. Solar engineers plan, design and implement solar panel systems for projects ranging from home-owners’ rooftop installations to major city projects.

Wind engineers

Large wind turbines harness wind power to produce electricity for utilities. This is a growing area, with the Canadian Wind Energy Association noting that wind energy infrastructure installation outpaced all other energy projects between 2006 to 2017.[ii]  Wind engineers focus on the design of turbines and wind farms, rotor blades, electrical systems and overall energy production. Due to the complexity of wind turbines, to construct efficient wind farms, wind engineers rely on the assistance of aerospace, civil, electrical, environmental, industrial and mechanical engineers.

Geothermal engineers

Unlike solar and wind energies, geothermal energy is available 365 days a year, as it is created from the heat from the earth’s surface.[iii] The energy is predominately generated in the United States and Iceland, with geothermal heat pumps that can tap into the earth’s surface to provide enough energy to heat and cool buildings.[iv] Geothermal engineers are responsible for creating the processes and equipment that converts this heat into renewable energy.

Hydroelectric engineers

Hydropower is the oldest large-scale system for generating electricity.[v]

As hydropower accounts for 63% of Canadian’s electricity,[vi] hydropower engineers play an essential role in providing the electricity we use on a daily basis. Hydropower engineers are responsible for the design, construction, maintenance and production of hydropower facilities such as river dams. These engineers look for ways to modernize older hydropower technologies, making them more efficient while minimizing the impact on the environment.

As concerns about climate change and global warming continue to grow, greater pressure is placed on engineers to design and implement new and efficient ways to harvest sustainable energies.

To learn more about these renewable energy sources, or to start your career in a sustainable engineering field contact Adecco today!

To view more of our blogs and articles, visit our Employment resources page on our website.


[i] https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/solar-energy-is-fastest-growing-source-of-power-1.3618361

[ii] https://canwea.ca/wind-facts/why-wind-works/

[iii] https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/geothermal-energy/

[iv] https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/geothermal-energy/

[v]https://www.engineering.com/ElectronicsDesign/ElectronicsDesignArticles/ArticleID/5761/Hydropower-Energy-Harvesting.aspx

[vi]https://www.engineering.com/ElectronicsDesign/ElectronicsDesignArticles/ArticleID/5761/Hydropower-Energy-Harvesting.aspx

 

New Year, New You – How to Build a Personal Brand

Looking to improve your professional life in 2018? Why not resolve to build your online personal brand! Not only is a strong personal brand the best way to diversify yourself from a stack of resumes, it’s a powerful way to highlight your expertise and tell your story. Here are some tips to get you started.

1. Know yourself
Your personal brand works most effectively when it tells a cohesive story — the story of you. To help you get there, take some time to formalize your values and goals. Thinking about the interests, values and capabilities you want to highlight ahead of time will help to guide you when interacting with your network. You might even want to create a document that outlines these values to quickly reference when sharing content.

2. Build an online presence
Building a website may seem like a daunting task. However, with many free domains and web hosting sites, you can easily create your personal site with only a few clicks! To get started, include your resume, a brief bio and links to your social media profiles. Then, as your personal brand grows, you can expand your website to include blogs, industry best practices, examples of your work, etc.

3. Select the platforms that work best to promote your brand.
Identify your target audience to determine the platforms you should use to appeal to them. For example, if you are in a visual creative field, appeal to your target audience through a visual network like Instagram. Or, if you’re in a professional field, try using LinkedIn. Selecting the appropriate platform will ensure you are getting the best exposure for your brand.

4. Build and manage your marketing network
Friends, colleagues, clients and customers are powerful resources when it comes to marketing your personal brand. Their feedback and comments can affect the way future connections view your brand. Make sure to be attentive and responsive to your existing connections while growing and developing your professional network with people in your field and related fields.

5. Listen and share news in your industry
Make sure to stay on top of relevant news and exciting events in your industry. Not only will this ensure that you know your industry inside and out, it will also increase your credibility as a reliable source of information in your field. As a bonus, sharing articles, press releases and other credible sources is another great way to expand your professional network.

6. Be consistent
Consistency is imperative in successful branding. This includes when, where and how you market yourself. Create a schedule for posting new content. Make sure all content reflects your formalized beliefs and values, and, that you are consistently using the same social media platforms for sharing.

7. Audit yourself
Remember, it’s easier to be proactive than reactive! Stay on top of your public image by googling yourself on a regular basis. Make sure the search results represent your beliefs and values. Remove any images or content that are not consistent with your branding efforts.

With so much of our life spent in the digital universe, the importance of personal branding is essential in crafting your online presence. By taking these easy steps to define and adhere to your personal brand, you will be empowered to broadcast exactly what you want to your network, future employers and the world. A strong personal brand will set you apart from the competition and enhance your professional value.
Ready to get started? Contact your local Adecco branch and speak to a skilled Recruitment Consultant today!

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Revitalize your Job Search for 2018

You still have time to make your new career resolutions for 2018.  Start off by finding a new approach to landing that next job!  To help, we’ve got four tips to revitalize your job search in this New Year!

  1. A new “social” you

Refreshing your social networking profiles might just do the trick.  Employers like to gain information about potential candidates by checking out their social media profiles. So, be sure your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts provide a positive picture of you and remove images or content that may reflect negatively.  Also, adjust your privacy settings to ensure you are in complete control of what others see about you online.  As for LinkedIn, be sure to include skills in your profile that are relevant and up to date.  A profile summary goes a long way and so does sharing thought provoking articles that position you as an expert in your field.

  1. A resume makeover

For many employers, their first (and lasting!) impression of a candidate comes from what is written on their resume. That means the sure the format and content in your resume really needs to highlight your skills and personality. Now yf you find that your resume isn’t landing you any calls or interviews, it may be time for a makeover. A good place to start is asking someone to provide a critique, or consult online samples to make revisions. And remember, no two jobs are alike, therefore you need to adapt your resume to suit the position you’re applying for and incorporate the buzz words they included in the job posting to make sure your resume comes up in their searches.

  1. Explore other avenues

Are those job boards you’re using not getting you any traction? Time to diversify your action plan! Start pushing the envelope and email the companies you’ve targeted to get your name out there. LinkedIn is a great tool to help with this. The search bar function allows you to pinpoint the hiring manager for many companies. Send them your tailored resume along with a short message that outlines the skills that make you the right choice for the role. You may not get a response, but that doesn’t mean your message went unnoticed!

Set realistic expectations

Expecting to take huge professional jumps can bring disappointment. If you’re looking to enter the workforce or make a career change, it’s essential to set realistic career expectations. Seek out roles that offer career progression. Consider applying for a position that focuses on experience instead of skills to possibly qualify you for that “dream job”.  Taking small steps and applying for a job in the right field could result in professional leaps and bounds later on!

Need help rejuvenating your job search? Let Adecco do the work for you! It’s absolutely free to register with us. With new temporary and permanent opportunities available daily, we may just have your next job.  Contact your local Adecco branch and register today!

For more information and articles, visit our Employment resources page on our website.