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Trusted Saskatoon Realtor Marla Janzen Mystery Shop!

Being a Trusted Business on the Trusted Saskatoon Directory of Excellence comes with a lot of responsibility - no other directory, advertising medium, or 'watchdog organization' puts businesses through the process we do before we promote and endorse them. 

Why Choose a Business On the Trusted Saskatoon Directory? 

All of the Trusted Saskatoon partners have to pass a unique verification process, they are then annually contracted to uphold our 5 Trusted Guarantees. The partners then become part of a local community of Saskatoon and area businesses that we promote with a strong local marketing campaign. We also have a Trusted MYSTERY SHOPPER PROGRAM. This is where we find and engage with normal everyday people, just like you, who are looking for products and services in Saskatoon and area. We approach individuals we can see are looking for a local business and we ask them to mystery shop Trusted Saskatoon Partners. Those that agree to be Trusted mystery shoppers go about their usual business, except at the end they fill out a report to tell us about the experience. We then share it with you! The Trusted Saskatoon Team is thrilled to share our latest mystery shop report about Marla Janzen Real Estate!


Mystery Shop - Marla Janzen Real Estate


Name of Shopper: Janice G.


1. How was the greeting/welcome/call answered?

Warm, professional, and prompt. 

2. Product/industry knowledge of staff?

I felt very confident in her knowledge.

 

3. Overall experience 1-10

10 


4. Would you recommend them to a close friend?

Yes, absolutely! I already have should they ever need her services. 


Please share any other comments relating to your experience with the company. 

Marla, although extremely busy, was very communicative, supportive, and engaging as a professional. Her efforts in research, showings, and the real estate transaction itself were exemplary. Her experience and knowledge are a great asset to her clients. 

CONGRATULATIONS on a successful mystery shop MarlaWe are thrilled to have such amazing Realtors like you on our Saskatoon's directory of excellence!



Marla guarantees to provide you with a stress-free, hassle-free, wonderful experience and we are sure once you have met her that you will not contact anyone else!

Marla Janzen is a Trusted Saskatoon Realtor®

Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair & Service Specialist Phobia Auto Mystery Shop!

Being a Trusted Business on the Trusted Saskatoon Directory of Excellence comes with a lot of responsibility - no other directory, advertising medium, or 'watchdog organization' puts businesses through the process we do before we promote and endorse them. 

Why Choose a Business On the Trusted Saskatoon Directory? 

All of the Trusted Saskatoon partners have to pass a unique verification process, they are then annually contracted to uphold our 5 Trusted Guarantees. The partners then become part of a local community of Saskatoon and area businesses that we promote with a strong local marketing campaign. We also have a Trusted MYSTERY SHOPPER PROGRAM. This is where we find and engage with normal everyday people, just like you, who are looking for products and services in Saskatoon and area. We approach individuals we can see are looking for a local business and we ask them to mystery shop Trusted Saskatoon Partners. Those that agree to be Trusted mystery shoppers go about their usual business, except at the end they fill out a report to tell us about the experience. We then share it with you! The Trusted Saskatoon Team is thrilled to share our latest mystery shop report about Phobia Auto Repair.


Mystery Shop - Phobia Auto Repair 


Name of Shopper: Scott W.


1. How was the greeting/welcome/call answered?

Friendly and promptly. 


2. Appearance of the store, staff, and showroom?

The client area was neat and tidy. 

3. Product/industry knowledge of staff?

Very good! Melissa impressed me with her industry knowledge. 

 

4. Overall experience 1-10

10 


5. Would you return/recommend?

Yes - very much so!


6. Did anyone stand out as exceptional?

Both the tech and Melissa at the counter were friendly and helpful. 


Did they uphold the 5 Trusted Guarantees? 

  1. Provide the service and quality promised: 10
  2. Complete the job on time: 10
  3. Change the price quoted with no surprises: 10 + (Less than I expected)
  4. Communicate.honestly and be responsive to customer needs: 10
  5. Resolve any issues with customer satisfaction in mind: 10

Please share any other comments relating to your experience with the company. 

Overall, a tremendous first impression. I came in for one concern, a secondary problem which was minor in nature, was repaired for no charge. Definitely will return.

CONGRATULATIONS on a successful mystery shop Phobia Auto Repair! We are thrilled to have such amazing Auto Repair & Service Specialists like Phobia Auto Repair on Saskatoon's directory of excellence!


 Stop second-guessing your engine. Contact their team today! 

Phobia Auto Are Trusted Saskatoon & area Auto Repair & Service Specialist.  


Trusted Saskatoon Auto Body Experts at Superior Share What You Need to Know About Safe Railway Crossing

Superior Auto Body Ltd Saskatoon has been in business since 1961, and they are an SGI ELITE Autobody shop and have been SGI accredited since 1982. There are many reasons they have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that they offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require their services. They offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for clients... and to help out, they also pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home. In our latest accident prevention tip, they share advice about safety at railway crossings in Saskatchewan. 


RAILWAY CROSSINGS ARE HIGH COLLISION ZONES – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BE SAFE



IN A COLLISION WITH A TRAIN, THE TRAIN WILL ALWAYS WIN!

When driving your vehicle around Saskatoon and area roads, it’s easy to think you’re the king of the road. But when that road intersects with railway tracks, be prepared to give up your crown. There are so many rail tracks crisscrossing our province and many of them do not have safety barriers.

Trains are massive columns of speeding metal that can take more than a kilometer to come to a complete stop. As a driver, you need to respect their size and power or risk serious consequences.

Vehicle collisions with trains result in an average of 12 injuries and 2 deaths each year in Saskatchewan. The human cost is tragic, particularly because collisions with trains are entirely preventable.

SASKATCHEWAN RAILWAY CROSSING ISSUES

It’s a dubious distinction for Saskatchewan; a disproportionate number of railway crossings that are judged to be the most dangerous in the country. Of the 500 railway crossings that Transport Canada has assessed as being among the most dangerous in Canada, more than 60 are in this province. Put another way, with only about three percent of Canada’s population, we have an unlucky 13 percent of the crossings on this list.

Transport Canada says this list reflects a number of elements including not only the number of collisions, but also the characteristics of the crossings including:

  • Volumes of rail and vehicle traffic,
  • The type of trains,
  • The number of tracks,
  • Vehicle and train speeds and,
  • Whether these crossings are in rural or urban areas.

Mixed in too, is information from a database of “rail occurrences” maintained by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, including “accident and incident” data.

RAILWAY CROSSINGS – SUPERIOR SAFETY TIPS FOR SASKATOON AND AREA DRIVERS


Be alert and be prepared to stop

As you approach a crossing in the middle of Saskatoon or in rural Saskatchewan – whether marked or uncontrolled – remember to slow down and look both ways. You must stop if you see a train coming since they always have the right of way.

Never try to race through a crossing before a train arrives

They aren’t required to slow down at crossings and their speed can often be difficult to gauge. Trying to save a few seconds by beating the train simply isn’t worth the risk. Regardless of what you drive, in a collision with a train, the train will always win. To reinforce this point, many railway crossings are equipped with electronic warning devices. Their message is simple: stop your vehicle and wait until it’s safe to proceed. Don’t needlessly put yourself in harm’s way by ignoring flashing lights or driving around barrier arms. Even if you make it safely over the tracks, a hefty fine could be waiting for you on the other side. Tickets for failing to obey a stop signal at a railway crossing start at $220.

Exercise caution around railway tracks even if you don’t see a train approaching

A common mistake is stopping on the tracks while waiting for traffic ahead of you to proceed. Not only do you risk a collision with a train, but your vehicle could be struck by the barrier arms if they’re activated. To avoid these situations, stop well behind the barriers and wait until you have enough room to clear the tracks completely.

Be sure to look for multiple sets of tracks

They are indicated by a small numbered sign under the traditional railway crossbuck. Don’t proceed after a train has passed until making sure another isn’t approaching on a different set of tracks.

Watch for other vehicles stopping in front of you

Half of all crashes occurring at crossings are rear-end collisions where the lead vehicle is slowing down or stopping. Pay particular attention to school buses since they are required to stop at all uncontrolled railway crossings. Flashing amber lights will be activated on the bus, giving you plenty of warning before it stops.

Staying safe near trains isn’t complicated. Rather, it’s a matter of knowing the rules and obeying them to ensure that you arrive at your destination safely.

Our team at Superior takes pride in their workmanship… as we always say, “When we get through it’s just like new”.


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Trusted Saskatoon Framer and General Contractor Japp Construction Share 7 Steps to Better Framing

Gavin and Lindsay Japp from Japp Construction are Trusted Saskatoon Framers and General Contractors. Whether it be framing commercial projects, a renovation, an addition, garage. basement development or a completely new home build, they take pride in assuring that your project is delivered on-time, on budget and complete to the very last detailJapp Construction Are Trusted Saskatoon Framing Specialist & General Contractors. In their first Trusted Saskatoon tip, they share 7 steps to better framing. 

7 Steps to Better Framing & Layouts

What is Framing? No, not the picture kind - It’s the interior skeleton that holds most structures together. But it’s more than just a few sticks of wood and nails. If it’s not done correctly, it’s going to be more like a house of cards that’s ready to topple over at any minute. Kevin Spacey might approve, but your building inspector won’t. Whether you’re framing an interior wall or an entire house, consider these seven important framing tips and layout tricks to prevent your next framing project from looking like an old shanty that’s ready to fall to pieces.

On Center or Off Center?

When you’re pulling a measurement across the face of your top and bottom plate for a stud layout, typically the layout is 16” on center, right? But more often than not, when the measurements get pulled, the person doing the layout makes their marks on each 16” increment. The problem with that is that now the layout is off-center. If you attach a piece of plywood, sheetrock or other panel goods to the studs, it’s going to be off where the stud breaks with the edge of the board. To ensure your layout is correct, you’ll need to set the layout ¾” behind the actual 16” increment. This pushes the studs over just enough so the next piece of plywood, sheetrock, etc. breaks perfectly on a stud.

Top and Bottom Plates

This mistake happens quite often when you’ve got multiple walls to frame-up. The bottom plates or top plates get cut to the wrong length and you end up having to buy more materials because you just wasted everything. The best way to ensure top and bottom plates remain consistent when they are cut is to lay out everything on the ground first. Snapping chalk lines is just the start. Add header measurements, door openings and angles to the floor layout. This way you can place the top and bottom plates against the floor layout to make sure you have accurate cuts every time.

Look Up

While interior walls usually don’t do much but look pretty, bearing walls hold all of the weight of the roof. And more often than not, the layout under these extra important walls gets off somehow. One of the easiest ways to keep a good layout is to just copy the truss/joists/rafters from up above. Wherever a rafter bears onto a wall, you’ll need a stud directly underneath. Where hips, girders and other heavy-duty trusses land, you’ll need to double or even triple up the studs to accept the load. Check with your local inspector or building code for specific requirements.

Stagger Those Seams

Top and bottom plates often have seams where two boards join together. And no matter how many nails you put into it, it’s going to be the weakest point in the wall. So how do you prevent these weak spots without buying a 30’ long 2×4? You simply stagger the seams. Be sure that you keep the top plate seam as far away from the bottom plate seam as possible to prevent weak spots in your wall framing.

Sandwiched Walls

Framing a Door OpeningLet’s say you’re building a house that’s rectangular in shape. Two of those walls are going to be long and two of them are going to be sandwiched between the other two walls. But when you’re covering those walls with a plywood exterior, the layout needs to be adjusted to accommodate the extra 3 ½” that each wall adds – otherwise you’ll end up with a small 3 ½” rip on each side and the wall won’t be as structurally sound as it should be. Hang your tape over the edge of plates 3 ½” to get the right 16” on center layout.

Snow Load

Have you ever wondered what those little black diamonds are on your tape measure? Those are snow load layouts. They bring the conventional 24” rafter layout closer together for a stronger roof. By bringing the rafters closer together at 19 3/16” increments, you increase the strength of the roof enough to prevent snow from crashing through your roof,  and let's face it in Saskatchewan you never know what the weather is going to throw at you ...so be prepared for anything! 

Good Looking Layout

While this isn’t exactly framing-related, it’s still worth mentioning. Some layouts don’t get hidden by drywall or plywood. For instance, spindles on a porch railing are visible forever. Since they need to be a maximum of four inches apart in most locales, it tends to make the layout look wonky once it fits between the support posts if the measurement isn’t an even number. And when measurements between support posts aren’t consistent, it can really make your layout look like a kid did the job. An instant cure for this dilemma is to start your layout from the center and layout the spindles towards each support post. This way, no matter what the measurement, you can be sure the layout looks smooth and consistent all the way around the porch. You’ll still want to verify where the spindles at the edge will wind up as  sometimes this approach can land a spindle too close to the end. If that’s the case, an offset, or narrowing the gaps slightly might be needed.

   
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Japp Construction Are Trusted Saskatoon Framing Specialist & General Contractors

Tips On Curing Workplace Stress From Trusted Saskatoon Employment Agency Express Employment Professionals

Express Employment Professionals is Saskatoon’s only locally owned and operated staffing and recruitment agency, that offers a full scope of staffing and recruitment solutions from professional search and headhunting to temporary staffing in Saskatoon. Express EmploymentSaskatoon Is Your Trusted Saskatoon  Recruitment and Employment Agency and they allow clients to focus their efforts and time on being productive and doing what they do best – their business! Let their team focus on finding that right hire – that is what they do best! In their latest Saskatoon employment agency tip, they share an article on cures for workplace stress.


Feeling stressed at work now seems to be the norm. Just think about how other people respond when you ask how work is going. Consider what you say when you’re asked the same question. How often is the answer “Great! It’s always so relaxed and stress-free”?

Last year, Forbes reported on a survey of employees that showed 35 percent had contemplated leaving a job because of workplace stress, while another 42 percent had actually left a job because of the stress. Work-life balance, and the impact of how to manage the two areas of life, is obviously a major struggle for many in the workforce today. But what can employers do to help their employees be successful in handling the demands of each world?

Diagnosis Before Treatment
So what’s the cause? Before you can find a cure, you have to find the underlying issue. And in this case, there isn’t one problem, but many. Some of the top causes include relationships with supervisors, workload, work-life balance, and coworkers, according to the Forbes article. Work hours, shift work, downsizing, family conflicts, and money problems also play a role according to an article from The Atlantic.

That’s a lot of factors. Some can be dealt with by employers, some can be addressed by the employees themselves, and some just have to be chalked up to the way things are. But, it would be especially beneficial for companies to dig into what’s stressing their employees out and determine what’s within the businesses’ power to change.

Across the country, companies are struggling to meet their workers’ healthcare needs, while, at the same time, implementing programs to boost workplace health and productivity. Yet, as Forbes points out, “Those programs can only work if companies aren’t at the same time undermining them with stress-inducing management practices. It’s in the employer’s best interest to look into this connection, both for the good of their employees and for their own organizations.”

A Multi-Faceted Cure
Certainly, the previously mentioned health insurance and health-focused programs in the workplace are helpful, but, as we continue to drive home, “employers can help address these problems by looking beyond health care programs to changes in their management and operations structures.” That can feel like a heavy burden being placed on the shoulders of businesses.

However, in the average business, that could play out in many simple ways. Company events can build camaraderie and a family atmosphere. A mentorship program often breeds growth and development. Making employee retention a priority produces a sense of loyalty and security. Stress levels can also be reduced by ensuring leadership is clearly expressing realistic performance expectations, providing effective feedback, and consistently praising efforts. 

A Balanced Approach
No one could logically dismiss the negative effects that stress in the workplace has on businesses and employees every day. But, it’s also not an easy problem to solve. Workplace stress researchers and university professors, Joel Goh, Jeffrey Pfeffer and Stefano A. Zenios are fully aware of this and discussed it in their recent paper on this same subject. “We do not claim that an ideal stress-free workplace is realistically or economically achievable.”

However, each business leader can make progress by finding the stress triggers within their own companies and determining ways to alleviate as much of the problem as possible. The three authors’ research confirms that, while “these stressors cannot be completely eradicated in practice”, the simple act of identifying and addressing stress points “could potentially go a long way.” That’s a very modest cure for such a widespread affliction.


Express Employment Professionals allow clients to focus their efforts and time on being productive and doing what they do best – their business. Let their team focus on finding that right hire – that is what they do best!

Contact Hanif and the team today! Connecting employees with great companies like yours. 

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