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Managing End-of-Summer and Back-to-School Labour Shortages

Managing End-of-Summer and Back-to-School Labour Shortages

On one hand, students are a godsend: they are a dedicated group, highly motivated to earn as much money and gain as much experience as they can in the few months they are free to work full time during the summer. It can be a real boon to industries which traditionally suffer high turnover or high rates of vacant positions the rest of the year due to record-low unemployment rates across the board.

5 Skills To Optimize During Your Temp Job Now

5 Skills To Optimize During Your Temp Job Now

Your temporary job may not be your long-term career choice, but there’s no need to panic! From getting your foot in the door to gaining valuable insight, being a temporary worker is a great way to bridge the skill and experience gap during your search for a better position. When you practice and strengthen the five universal skills that every employer wants, you’ll improve your chance of receiving a job offer and maybe even land your dream job! Read on to learn what these skills are!

New Survey Results, Part One: What Makes an Employee Choose One Job over Another?

New Survey Results, Part One: What Makes an Employee Choose One Job over Another?

In the job market of today, candidates have a wide selection of opportunities to choose from. So, keeping this in mind, what factors make them pick one position over another?

How to Dress for Success at Work and Job Interviews

How to Dress for Success at Work and Job Interviews

Having a hard time deciding what’s appropriate to wear to work? Not sure how to dress for a job interview? With so many types of formality in business attire, ranging from traditional and formal to smart casual, business casual, and casual, it can get a tad overwhelming. However, if you dress for success, you need never be uncertain again. Keep reading to learn how to dress for success at work and job interviews in three simple steps.

How Hiring Summer Students Could Give You the Manpower Boost You Need This Year

How Hiring Summer Students Could Give You the Manpower Boost You Need This Year

Even if your company has traditionally shied away from using students to boost staffing levels in the summer, it might be time to revisit this candidate pool.

How You Can Combat Pay Bottleneck with Employee Incentives

How You Can Combat Pay Bottleneck with Employee Incentives

Whenever there is a minimum wage increase, some employees assume that it will naturally lead to a proportional pay increase for all employees—even those who are not currently at minimum wage.

5 Ways to A Successful Job Search

5 Ways to A Successful Job Search

No luck finding a job yet?

Looking for a new job can be so time-consuming that it can become a full-time job in itself. The back-to-back rejections, near-misses, and stalled opportunities can also leave you feeling soul-destroyed!  It could be a sign that you need to be more proactive or employ a more varied approach to help you stay focused and enthusiastic.  Here are five ways to make your job search a resounding success.

5 WAYS TO STRENGTHEN EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

5 WAYS TO STRENGTHEN EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

Offering employees a competitive salary and benefits program is important, and is a great start to ensuring that employees are happy, motivated, and engaged. However, monetary incentives alone don’t guarantee productivity. Finding ways to engage your workforce is necessary, but not always easy.

Budget for Success: Have You Planned for Pay Increases?

Budget for Success: Have You Planned for Pay Increases?

For most companies, an annual budget will include a variety of expenses: rental/lease/mortgage agreements, insurance, utilities, and the cost of goods and services.

How to Include Temp Jobs on Your Resume

How to Include Temp Jobs on Your Resume

Worked as a temporary employee in the past? Wondering what the best way is to highlight your experience at positions that were not full-time or long-term? Perhaps you’re finding it tricky to fit multiple temporary gigs into one standard template. Whatever the reason, the good folks at ABL Careers have a few suggestions on how to include temp jobs on your resume. These tips can help boost your employability and get your resume on to the recruiter’s yes pile. Read on for more!

How to Work with Your Staffing Firm in a Changing World

How to Work with Your Staffing Firm in a Changing World

Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, is introducing major changes to Ontario’s employment and labour laws. 

What You Need to Know about Marijuana Legalization and the Workplace

What You Need to Know about Marijuana Legalization and the Workplace

The Government of Canada plans to legalize recreational marijuana across the country by Fall, 2018, and employers are wondering how this will impact the workplace.

Everything You Need to Know About Interning

Everything You Need to Know About Interning

Are you having trouble finding a job or career? If you’re having difficulty finding employment, there are a few things that you can do to speed along the process. Volunteering and interning are two sure-fire ways to gain experience, get your foot in the door with a company, and build your professional resume. But for right now, let’s just focus on the benefits of interning. Some of you might be thinking, what is an internship? Well, let’s start there!

Happy Holidays from ABL Careers!

Happy Holidays from ABL Careers!

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to reflect on how fortunate we are and to give back to the community. Are you considering making a charitable contribution, but aren’t sure where to give? Check out CharityWatch, a website that rates charities worldwide and helps you give wisely.

Time Is Running Out: Have You Submitted Your 2017 Accessibility Compliance Report?

Time Is Running Out: Have You Submitted Your 2017 Accessibility Compliance Report?

The 2005 Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) mandated Ontario companies be fully accessible by 2025. Businesses with one or more employees are required to be compliant with Ontario’s accessibility laws, which means giving people of all abilities the opportunity to participate in all aspects of daily living.

Acknowledging Outstanding Employees with ABL’s Annual “A Better Life Award”

Acknowledging Outstanding Employees with ABL’s Annual “A Better Life Award”

It’s almost time to present ABL’s annual “A Better Life Award”, and we couldn’t be more excited! The award was created to acknowledge and celebrate the special efforts our associates have made, both on work assignment and in their own personal development story. We strive to reward those who go above and beyond, and we need your help!

3 Reasons to Use a Professional Staffing Agency for Seasonal Projects

3 Reasons to Use a Professional Staffing Agency for Seasonal Projects

It may be tempting to “do it yourself” when a special project or seasonal ramp-up is bearing down on your hiring teams. Is it really worth the time it takes to meet with a professional staffing company and the growing pains that occur as you transfer ownership of the employee screening and intake for a time-sensitive project?

The Challenge in Hiring for SMEs in Today’s Market

The Challenge in Hiring for SMEs in Today’s Market

Growing companies need to hire; this is a common truth. Yet, each small to medium enterprise’s (SME) needs are unique depending on the market, the size of the company, and the type and level of the needed position.

How to Prepare for Ministry Of Labour Inspections in an Office Environment

How to Prepare for Ministry Of Labour Inspections in an Office Environment

It would be a mistake to dismiss the idea of your worksite being a target for a Ministry of Labour (MOL) safety inspection just because your employees are not performing manual labour or operating dangerous machinery.

Bill 148 Update

Bill 148 Update

The summer hearings are over and the committee has forwarded amendments to the legislature, which resumed September 11thSo what, if any, changes are being considered to Bill 148?

Here is a recap of the key areas that affect all organizations, municipalities, farms, and companies in Ontario, particularly those that utilize flexible staffing solutions to compete globally or maintain their affordability locally. For a more comprehensive look at each area of Bill 148, please click here to refer to our previous articles on this subject.  

Effects of the Upcoming Minimum Wage Increase in Ontario

Effects of the Upcoming Minimum Wage Increase in Ontario

With minimum wage in Ontario set to increase to $11.60/hr on October 1st, and $14/hr on January 1st, do you expect to see an increase in applicants for positions like call centre agents, customer service agents, data entry, and other clerical jobs in your company or industry?

The Student Exodus and the Influx of a Flexible Workforce Looking to Re-enter the Market

The Student Exodus and the Influx of a Flexible Workforce Looking to Re-enter the Market

With the onset of September, the workforce will start to change for many companies. The most significant change is the loss of student staff. 

Welcome to ABL’s Updated Websites!

Welcome to ABL’s Updated Websites!

ABL is pleased to announce we have recently completed updating both our Employment and Careers websites. If you have already visited either of our sites, then you will have seen that we’ve made a few changes.

How to get the most out of your Employment Agency: Part 2

How to get the most out of your Employment Agency: Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of ABL Employment’s advice on how to get the most out of your employment agency! We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: for someone looking for a job, a staffing company can make all the difference—that is, if you know how to properly use one. By taking advantage of the tips provided, you should be able to find a job with an employment agency in no time!

Wellness Management: Healthy Habits:  Eating For Energy During Shiftwork

Wellness Management: Healthy Habits: Eating For Energy During Shiftwork

ABL’s Occupational Wellness Manager and staff KNOW that working the night shift or rotational shifts can disrupt the body’s cycles. In order to maximize your production and ability to stay alert during various shifts it is vital that to stay energized by eating the right foods at the right times.

The Not So Good and Not So Bad-Effect of Recent Ontario Labour Law Changes on Employers

The Not So Good and Not So Bad-Effect of Recent Ontario Labour Law Changes on Employers

On June 1, 2017, the Ontario government introduced Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148), as its response to the Final Report from the Changing Workplaces Review. There are several public hearings over the summer and then the bill would proceed through parliamentary process and with royal assent should pass the bill into law (with some minor changes given the Liberal majority) in September and October.  If passed, Bill 148 would introduce a range of changes for Ontario companies.

Part 2: THE NOT SO GOOD & NOT SO BAD-EFFECT OF ONTARIO LABOUR LAW CHANGES ON COMPANIES

Part 2: THE NOT SO GOOD & NOT SO BAD-EFFECT OF ONTARIO LABOUR LAW CHANGES ON COMPANIES

On June 1, 2017, the Ontario government introduced Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017.  This bill moving through the process quickly and will probably be passed into law as soon as September/October.

Wellness Management: Eat Your Water

Wellness Management: Eat Your Water

Even mild dehydration can impact work performance especially during the hot summer months. Workers are encouraged to ensure they are well hydrated when working to ensure they are safe and well to maximize performance and avoid accidents. 

Wellness Management: MANAGING PERSONAL HYGIENE ISSUES IN AN OFFICE

Wellness Management: MANAGING PERSONAL HYGIENE ISSUES IN AN OFFICE

Being a Sensitive issue, we all know that working with co-workers especially in close proximity such as in an office, can present its own unique challenges.

Wellness Management: 4 Simple Everyday Steps To Physical and Mental Wellness

Wellness Management: 4 Simple Everyday Steps To Physical and Mental Wellness

Focusing on both physical and mental wellness are closely integrated for work life balance. Following are simple steps everyone can participate in every day. Working helps to provide stability and ability to achieve life goals. ABL Employment supports work-life balance through meaningful job assignments that help meet your goals within your available time schedule.

Wellness Management: At Work: 5 Tips When Starting Office Assignments

Wellness Management: At Work: 5 Tips When Starting Office Assignments

By following proper ergonomic techniques, productivity can be increased and you will be less fatigued and sore. Office ergonomics is one key to working happy and being healthy in the office.  Review these tips to maintain proper postures, adjust your workstation and work safely.


 

Wellness Management: At Work: Office Etiquette

Wellness Management: At Work: Office Etiquette

Most offices have established a business casual dress code to allow employees to work comfortably in the workplace. Yet, you still need to project a professional image. No dress code can cover all contingencies, so employees must exert a certain amount of judgment in their choice of clothing to wear to work. If you experience uncertainty about acceptable, professional business casual attire for work, you should seek clarification.

The Day of Mourning

The Day of Mourning

The Day of Mourning (also known as Workers’ Memorial Day) is officially recognized in about 100 countries worldwide. The National Day of Mourning is not only a day to remember and honour those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy, but also a day to renew the commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses, and deaths.

What is a

What is a "New, Young & Vulnerable Worker", and What Do They Mean for Your Business?

At this time of year, you are likely to see an influx of students who are entering the workforce - and ABL Careers can help you manage this by keeping you informed of what this means to your business. 

How Can I Have Work-Life Balance?

How Can I Have Work-Life Balance?

Some days it may seem like your personal life and work life are on auto-pilot: Wake-up, work, eat, sleep, and repeat. When did you start living to work, instead of working to live?

At ABL Careers we know that everyone has to work to get through life. But having a proper balance between working and living is required to make sure you don’t burn out, and can enjoy a happy life.

5 Tips to Reduce Employee Turnover

5 Tips to Reduce Employee Turnover

Identifying a good employee is easy, but keeping a good employee is a whole other battle! With the labour market tightening up, and fewer and fewer people to draw from in the talent pool, it’s more important then ever to make sure you keep your preferred Talent happy and motivated.

The

The "Opportunity Cost" Of Not Using a Staffing Agency

"Building infrastructure for the future"; "bigger is better"; "running your business by yourself"… these all seem like excellent ideas. But as you know, some of the most successful businesses in the world do a great deal of outsourcing in all aspects of their businesses: It allows them to focus on what they are best at, and allows them to benefit from the experience of leaders in other industries to help them get to where they need to be.

Wellness Management: Healthy Habits: Nutrition For Shift Work

Wellness Management: Healthy Habits: Nutrition For Shift Work

 

ABL’s Occupational Wellness Manager and staff KNOW that working the night shift or rotational shifts can disrupt the body’s cycles. Paying attention to what and how much you eat and drink can help you stay alert and perform your best on the job when you’re working a variety of shifts.

9 Workplace Harmony Hacks For Keeping Workers Happy and Productive

9 Workplace Harmony Hacks For Keeping Workers Happy and Productive

Nothing makes a manger's job easier than a happy and productive team of workers. But sometimes it does not always work out that way. When morale goes down, then so do the daily production numbers your team is able to produce. So how can we make sure that we have a happy and productive workforce?

Is Your Staffing Agency Compliant?

Is Your Staffing Agency Compliant?

You trust your staffing service to handle important issues such as employee payroll, onboarding, and safety compliance orientation for the temporary staff that they provide you, and these services are part of what you pay for in your bill rate. But how can you be sure these things are happening behind the scenes, since you are not there to see it?

Wellness Management: At Work:

Wellness Management: At Work: "Team Work Skills"

ABL’s Occupational Wellness Manager and staff know the value of diversified work assignments. There are skills that you have or can develop as you enter, stay in and progress in the world of work. Working as part of a team involves commitment, cooperation and accountability. Take advantage of the various opportunities and work environments available through ABL Employment, Careers and Works. Teamwork skills are developed by working together through the evolution of employment and life experiences.

Wellness Management: Healthy Habits:

Wellness Management: Healthy Habits: "Smart Sleep Habits for Shift Workers"

ABL’s Occupational Wellness Manager and staff are committed to ENSURING all of our ABL employees are provided with information, resources and tools preparing you for a successful work shift.

Winter Driving Guidelines For Everyone

Winter Driving Guidelines For Everyone

In winter, it’s especially important that windshield wipers work properly and washer fluid is topped up. Clear your vehicle of ice and snow, including the top of trailers, and check your lights regularly along your route for ice and snow build up. Consider using a fuel treatment product to prevent diesel from gelling. And make sure to always carry an emergency kit.

Top Myths About Staffing Companies

Top Myths About Staffing Companies

Myth # 1: They Only Offer Short Term Positions. The length of assignments that staffing companies offer is determined by the needs of the client company. Those client companies contact ABL Careers with needs that could include...

Companies: How To Get The Most From Your Relationship With Your Staffing Company

Companies: How To Get The Most From Your Relationship With Your Staffing Company

The most important aspect to a successful staffing partnership is good communication. Your staffing company’s goal is to make the most appropriate candidate match to your available vacancy the first time: so your company can stay productive and so the candidate can begin earning.

Employees: How To Get The Best Results From Your Staffing Company

Employees: How To Get The Best Results From Your Staffing Company

Signing up with a staffing company will allow you to hear about vacancies that are not advertised to the public: many companies are out-sourcing their hiring departments to staffing services to save time and money. This means the staffing firm will be the one advertising the positions, not the client company.

How to get the most out of your Employment Agency: Part 1

How to get the most out of your Employment Agency: Part 1

Finding a job can be tough—especially these days. For job seekers, the help of an employment agency can make all the difference. A staffing company offers tons of advantages for those looking for a job—they can offer you positions in your area of interest, they have access to job postings that aren’t available to the public, and the temporary jobs they fill often turn into full-time positions.

Investing in Talent

Investing in Talent

Entrepreneur PJ Ferguson is looking to turn her small business into a mid-sized business and, eventually, to step away from day-to-day operations. But to do that, she’s going to need middle managers who can step up to greater responsibility. That’s why, almost three years ago, the president and owner of ABL Employment Inc., a temp agency operating mainly in southern Ontario, decided to make a serious commitment to training and development.

Five Myths about Employment Agencies

Five Myths about Employment Agencies

Staffing companies can offer potential candidates tons of exclusive and rewarding work opportunities. Whether you are placed in a part-time or full-time position, or a temp job or temp-to-hire position, working for an employment agency gives you the opportunity to experience working at and learn more about the organizations within your field of interest.

Employment Agency FAQs

Employment Agency FAQs

Staffing agencies offer tons of opportunities for great employment experience with competitive pay. Unfortunately, many people miss out on these opportunities because they do not fully understand what exactly an employment agency is. To help you better understand what it is that we do at ABL Employment—a highly-successful temp agency in Hamilton, London, Toronto, Burlington, and British Columbia—we have compiled a list of some of our most frequently asked questions. Through this, we hope you will have a better understanding of what a temp agency is and how searching for work through one can benefit you.

Employees: How can you get more out of your relationship with a staffing company?

Employees: How can you get more out of your relationship with a staffing company?

1) Needs vs Wants: Decide what you *need* and what you *prefer*  in a job description: there’s a difference. When a staffing coordinator considers a group of candidates for a position, they take into consideration everything you’ve said about your skills, experience, work-style preferences and availability. 

Companies: How can you get more out of your relationship with a staffing company?

Companies: How can you get more out of your relationship with a staffing company?

Needs vs Wants:  
Prioritise what you need and want in an ideal candidate’s skills, experience and availability: there’s a difference. A staffing company like ABL will use this information to make sure you pay for the qualities that are of use to you, instead of quoting you a rate that incorporates qualities you have no use for. 

How small businesses can benefit from ABL’s services

How small businesses can benefit from ABL’s services

Many small business owners believe that only larger businesses can benefit from the services of a staffing company. On the contrary, small businesses can actually profit greatly when they use a staffing company to help with their hiring.

Tips for Jobseekers: Completing an Online Recruitment Application

Tips for Jobseekers: Completing an Online Recruitment Application

Some employers prefer job applicants to complete an application form rather than send in a resume. Application forms allow the company to compare standard information from all candidates.

Can You Handle the Toughest Interview Question?

Can You Handle the Toughest Interview Question?

When you are in the market for a job, it is unlikely the tough interview questions will trick you; the easy ones are the greatest threat to acing the interview. They are troublesome to the job seeker because they seem harmless and simple.

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