Barrie, Collingwood, Midland, Owen Sound
It is difficult to blog about a group of professionals who speak a different language to most of us. I always say that if you have just one IT person in your employee – I can guarantee you that they are lonely!
The Barrie/Midland and Area IT SIGs are designed to let your IT folks connect, problem solve, and commiserate.
I can’t tell you all the details about our sessions, but I thought I would highlight some of the areas that have been touched upon, discussed and solved by the group over the last three months.
The topics of discussion have included:
- Smart TVs and smart boards
- Back up generator issues
- When phone lines go down
- Climate control systems for server rooms
- Server room specs – sprinklers, water lines, gas lines
- Stand up desks
- Thunderbolt Docks – issues with random disconnects
Fifty-three organizations across Canada are winners of the second annual 2018 Employee Recommended Workplace Award, highlighting their commitment to their employees' health and wellness.
The 53 organizations achieved the Employee Recommended Workplace status based solely on the survey scores of their employees. The survey employees completed included questions regarding their work life, personal life, mental health and physical health.
The Globe and Mail and Morneau Shepell created the Employee Recommended Workplace Award to honour companies that put the health and well-being of their employees first.
"Organizations that ensure their employees' health is a top priority see a…
As if benchmarking, sharing, networking, and, at times, commiserating aren’t enough reasons to attend monthly SIGs, another great reason has folks coming back for more.
SIGs are eligible for continuing education units for the HRPA and the PEO PEAK Program – as long as the member attending feels the information is of value to them.
Below are the links for the HRPA and the PEO PEAK for your reference:
EMC is very happy to acknowledge SIG attendance for you if you are applying and need confirmation of attendance.
Ontario is partnering with Canplas Industries Ltd. and Theta TTS Inc. to help create 94 new jobs and retain 370 existing positions in Barrie.
Canplas Industries designs and manufactures plastic products used in the construction industry. The company specializes in four areas – plumbing, ventilation, central vacuum, and grease separation – and its products are used in residential and commercial buildings all over North America.
With support from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, Canplas Industries is investing in state-of-the-art production equipment, developing new product lines and adding an additional 17,000 square feet to…
The Barrie/Midland & Area Consortium's Senior Managers SIG and Quality & Production/CI SIG this month had the same topic - Risk Management and Risk Based Thinking.
Every year, in June, I used to “get a hate on” for insurance companies! This was the time of year when all the renewals happened – car insurance (which never seemed to go down – only up); house and business insurance - if any of you have owned a century home and run 2 businesses from it – one that required additional insurance for liability etc. – you will understand my level of frustration at the extra costs incurred. Now, I don’t have the house or the issues with insurance, but I, also,…
It seems as though September is the start of a new year, not January, at least as far as back to school and back to Strategic Interest Group sessions go.
The Barrie/Midland and Area Consortium SIGs were, as always, interesting and informative.
The IT Group met on September 12th and discussion included everything from servers to security to cell phones. My apologies that I cannot report in detail the discussions as most of them are too technical for my ability to comprehend.
The Senior Managers gathered on the 13th at Glueckler Metal Inc. at their Elmvale plant. Discussion centred on OEE – Overall Equipment Efficiency – how it is measured and monitored. This session, also, included a plant tour as most of the attendees had not…
The summer hiatus is upon us. One would think, with SIG activity slowing down, we
Field Service Advisors (FSA’s) would be able to sit back and put our feet up and relax
after all the SIG sessions, member visits and other travel to events hosted by EMC during
the rest of the year (there’s a lot of them!)... However, that is not the case!
So, what do we do in the summer?
- We get out and visit as many of our members as possible. Still driving – just nicer weather in which to do it We want to learn about your challenges and successes and ensure that you are all taking advantage of all that EMC has to offer – especially as the list of offerings and beneficial opportunities for our members continues to grow.
- We want to know your pain points so that we can gear SIG (Strategic Interest Group) sessions to topics that are…
On June 8th, the Barrie/Midland & Area Consortium members gathered for our annual Labour Law Update.
Many thanks go to Ivy Eriksen and the folks at Canplas for, once again, hosting the session in their wonderful large training room. There were 31 of us at the session and the size of room allowed optimum comfort for the attendees.
Doug MacLeod and Nicole Simes from the MacLeod Law Firm were our presenters and, as in previous years, they did an excellent job in catching us up on changes and proposed changes.
The information shared included:
- Updates on Wrongful Dismissal court cases
- Updates on:
- Employment Contract:
- Presumed Inequality in Bargaining Power
- Sign Before Starting
- Employee Policy Manual
- Termination Clauses
- Reduce Chance of Constructive Dismissal Claim
- Non-Solicitation Clauses
- Monitoring Email Use
- Discipline Clause
- Other Clauses
- Employment Contract:
- Proposed Changes to the Employment Standards Act
- Equal pay for equal work:
- Equal pay for assignment employees from temporary…
- Equal pay for equal work:
Why are our Strategic Interest Groups successful?
EMC's more successful SIG events have a high level of commitment to attending and participating… from Senior Management through to the various key managers, supervisors, lead hands, and shop floor workers who are involved in the decision making process.
The consortium size has very little to do with how successful the SIG events are!
Some of EMC's most productive SIG events have not necessarily had the highest number of attendees. On occasion (depending on subject matter), a few smaller, focused groups have allowed for more in depth questioning and discussion for our members.
On the other end of the scale, EMC has hosted extremely successful events where the member's boardroom was 'bursting at the seams', providing increased subject matter…
Hiring and retaining employees was the focus of the Barrie/Midland and Area Consortium Strategic Interest Group sessions for both the Quality & Production group and the Human Resources group.
The challenges of finding skilled labour were discussed and this continues to be an ongoing issue.
Many folks are reaching out to apprenticeship and starting their own in house as well as coordinating with various government programs such as Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs. These steps will bode well for future needs but companies are still struggling to fill immediate need.
One of the elements that is very clear is that some of the millennial folks that are hired approach work/life differently to older folks.
Where this can become an issue for employers is relating to this younger…
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