It’s that time of year when companies begin to host festive events that celebrate the Holiday Season. For some companies, this is a time to thank clients and staff for their business and hard work throughout the year. In recent memory, many Calgary companies made the headlines for their extravagant parties, where they truly went all out.
A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a fundraiser for Inn from the Cold featuring keynote speaker Christopher Gardner, the inspiration behind the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness”.
As a working mother, trying to balance family commitments with a busy career, I know how hard it can be sometimes to keep all the balls in the air. In fact, if I’m honest, I do occasionally drop a ball or two! I know that there are many working moms (and dads) in the same situation. With school and extra-curricular activities now in full swing, the demands on time are even greater! In today’s softer job market, there are opportunities for employers and employees to find a better life / work balance.
The recent amazing success of the Scott Smed Golf Tournament has once again made my husband Peter and I so thankful for the generosity of our friends and colleagues, and quite simply in awe of their support.
With so many pressures facing manager and business owners, saying “thank you” to your team may not seem like a top priority. There are sales targets to meet, budget to balance and expenses to manage. However, saying “thank you” can actually save you time and money in the long run. It can help keep employees motivated and engaged.
Over the past few days, there have been several news stories about Alberta’s increasing unemployment numbers, the difficulties some people are having in accessing employment insurance, and the challenges many are facing in finding work and making ends meet. It’s not an easy time and even with some cautiously optimistic reports that the economy may be starting to slowly pick up, it will still take time before we see job opportunities increase.
The news today isn’t good. A record number of Albertans are currently collecting Employment Insurance (EI) premiums. In fact, according to CBC, the number of Albertans collecting EI soared faster than any other province, with a stunning increase of 16.8 per cent to 57,000 in May 2009.
Summer has not been kind to many young people looking for work to help pay for school, get some pocket money or gain valuable work experience.
In a struggling economy, downsizing is inevitable as some companies are under pressure to just keep afloat.
It’s not easy to be an employer in today’s economy. As things have shifted dramatically in the past 12 months, employers have been faced with making tough decisions around cutbacks and layoffs. In many instances, employees are being asked to do more than ever.