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Trusted Saskatoon Employment Agency Express Employment Share Tips On How To Build Employee Loyalty

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. 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! In their latest Saskatoon employment agency tip they share an article on building employee loyalty. 


Building Employee Loyalty. 

Maintaining a productive workforce is the key to having sustainable success in business. However, with companies adapting to the current economic climate due to closures and social distancing measures, keeping top talent can be difficult. Not only do organizations need to focus on recruiting methods when opening up this summer, they also need to develop best retention practices to ensure stability as the economy ramps back up in the third and fourth quarters.

 

And with the economy facing tremendous hurdles, one thing a company cannot afford to lose is its employees. According to a study by Employee Benefits News, the average cost of losing an employee is 33% of their annual salary. So, retention needs to remain a major focus.

 

One of the key measures to retaining workers is building employee loyalty. For businesses that furloughed workers amidst temporary closures, or had to lay off employees due to economic hardships, rebuilding loyalty is paramount to ramping up business efforts.

 

Enhance Employee Development Plans

 

Though some professional development plans may have been put on hold during these past few months, it’s more important than ever to pour energy back into your workforce. Employees want to work for a company that invests in their future. And the best way to do this is through education, cross-training or tuition subsidies to name a few.

 

According to a BlessingWhite study, most employees who were willing to quit their job cited lack of career opportunity, with 26% citing lack of growth opportunities. If your business doesn’t have the capital to invest in development now, what you do have is time and talent. An inexpensive way to utilize these tools is through mentoring programs and cross-training among employees. These are all great ways to engage your workforce and build excitement about their roles.

 

Continue to Create Culture

 

A company’s culture is the heartbeat of the organization. It ties everything within a business together, binding values, mission, work ethic, and environment. It is one of the most important tools a company has for retention and loyalty. In LinkedIn’s Workplace Culture report, 86% of Millennials say they would consider talking a pay cut to accept a position at a company with a mission and values that align with their own. And a Hays report found that 43% of workers are seeking a new job with culture being the main reason.

 

Employees want to work for a company they believe in and also work in an environment where they feel safe and secure. Your culture is your key to not only recruiting new talent this year but also retaining your current workforce.

 

Engage Your Employees through Empathy

 

If your business was forced to temporarily close or your workforce was required to work remotely during these past few months, you’re probably tasked with building re-entry plans to safely bring your team back to the workplace. While this will be a great time full of opportunity to increase production, it also may be a difficult time for your employees. They have developed new habits by adapting to the work-from-home environments and may have difficulty adjusting to the new normal. This can cause employee disengagement and emotional detachment. Because of this, empathetic leadership will be a major factor this year.

 

According to Businessolver, 93% of employees would stay with an empathetic employer while 82% would leave their position to work for a more empathetic company. Consider adopting a partial remote schedule so employees can easily adjust. Or offer new projects between teams to help create newness and excitement in the workplace. By understanding their needs and helping them through the transition, you will be able to not only build trust and engagement, but loyalty as well.

 

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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Trusted Saskatoon Caterer Featured In Star Phoenix Chefs At Home Series

Chef de Partie Catering is a private catering company with commercial kitchens in the heart of the downtown Saskatoon business district.  Owned by Chef Heather Bekar-Schulte and specializing in creating high-quality dishes with fresh, local ingredients and uncommon flair. Heather and her passionate team cater to local events, corporate parties and weddings, they also produce amazing pastries and build one-of-a-kind wedding cakes. In their latest article Trusted Saskatoon Caterer Chef de Partie Catering & Events share their unique tasting room experience!! In this article we share an interview with Heather about how she has responded to the hardships facing her business in 2020. 

Chef De Partie- Featured in YXE Chefs at Home Feature

In April of 2020 Heather, owner of Chef De Partie , was interviewed by Saskatoon Star Phoenix . 2020 has been a tough year for Heather and all caterers around the globe as Covid 19 shut down events and gatherings - in this interview that took place in a Friday Heather shares her experience. 

YXE Chefs at Home: Heather Bekar-Schulte

Normally on a Friday morning, the space would be bustling with cooks prepping food for a busy weekend. The dishwasher would be swishing along, knives would be chopping, and cooks would be bantering. But all one hears on this late March day is the unmistakable hum of the walk-in cooler kicking in.

Chef Heather Bekar-Schulte is here in her new business, which had its grand opening on March 7, right before everything changed so abruptly. Like so many others in the hospitality industry, Heather has had to lay off her staff. The sadness in her voice is unmistakable as she takes us back to that day earlier in the month when she got news that everything had to be shut down indefinitely. Weddings and other jobs that were booked have all cancelled or rebooked for next year.

Heather has pivoted her business to doing only pickup and delivery of healthy, chef-prepared frozen meals. She’s also offering a Fish and Chips special every Friday. What was just supposed to be for Good Friday is now a regular feature due to the overwhelming response. Saskatonians love good fish and chips. No doubt she will continue to come up with creative culinary offerings as this season of uncertainty continues.




Heather proudly shows us around the storefront of her business — a charming tasting room for private parties of up to 12 people. The shelves are stocked with local products that can also be ordered online. Honey, jam, coffee, tea, flour, lentils, eggs, meat, fish, baking and more are available for those of us who want to avoid the grocery store lineups.

The beautiful wooden table is tastefully set with ceramic plates and wine goblets. She can’t wait to see it full of happy diners once again. This part of her business is also a love letter to her family, with heirloom pieces decorating the bright space. Woven baskets, egg crates, butter churns and honey cans all tell the story of Heather’s Ukrainian heritage. 

Find out more about the tasting room in the article we wrote about the grand opening in Feb 2020 


Heather is so proud of this history, and for this reason alone she just can’t give up her business during these unprecedented times of COVID-19. Hard work, determination, and perseverance run through her veins. She’s got no choice but to keep going.

Normally we would visit Chef Heather at home, but her new business is like her home away from home; she’s still here an awful lot, working on marketing and planning for the future as much as she can. She’s preparing two Italian flatbreads for us today — a family favourite. As Heather works the dough and tops the flatbreads with sliced purple potato, herbs, and spices, we chat a little about this and that.

R: What is your favourite Saskatchewan ingredient to cook with?

H: Berries. Highbush cranberries, Saskatoon berries, tiny elusive wild blueberries, sea buckthorn berries. I love them all and I use them everywhere — sweet, savoury, sauces, baking, dressings. It’s all great!

R: What is your guilty pleasure grocery store item?

H: Dark chocolate bars. I usually grab two in the checkout line. I eat a square or two every night when I’m making my tea.

R: If you only have 15 minutes to eat, what do you cook for yourself?

H: Eggs and toast. Good, hot food ready and eaten in 10 minutes — it’s my go to. Some butter and salt and tons of pepper and I’m happy.

R: If you could cook for anyone famous, who would it be?

H: If I could cook for anyone out at that harvest table in our tasting room, it would be my dad. I want to show him how my culinary career has come full circle. When I started out I craved adventure and worldly flavours, and now all I want is great local food and a taste of home. I want to feed him a wonderful Saskatchewan supper in that tasting room surrounded by our farm heritage.

R: Did anyone inspire you to become a professional chef? How/why did you enter the culinary arts?

H: My dad; he was a farmer, so he was always home, and was a Ukrainian, so he did a lot of the interesting, traditional cooking bringing down the food traditions from my Baba. He was also very proud of producing nearly everything our family ate growing up on the farm, our own beef and our huge garden. Also I watched a lot of the Urban Peasant growing up. James Barber’s comfortable, down to earth style was very inviting to me. I entered the culinary program immediately out of high school in 1994 here in Saskatoon at SIAST when I was 17 and thoroughly enjoyed it, soaking it all in, and haven’t left the field since. It was also a great sense of pride to me that my daughter Maggie entered the Culinary Arts program exactly 25 years later at the same school last fall.

R: Anything you want to say to other chefs and business owners who are in the same boat as you?

H: Reach out to your support system. Call your friends, family — anyone. Let your emotions out — then take a long bath or shower and take care of yourself, sleep and eat. Try not to mentally isolate or self-medicate. This too shall pass, and remember, chefs are flipping resilient.


Article written by Renee Kohlman  •  Saskatoon StarPhoenix

The Chef de Partie family is committed to the collaborative growth of local partnerships in the food, farming and artisan community of Saskatchewan. 

Chef de Partie Catering & Events is a Trusted Saskatoon Caterer 


A warning for consumers about fraud in the furnace and air conditioning industry in Saskatoon

JOB Heating & Air Conditioning’s wonderful staff will be more than happy to provide you with an estimate for any home comfort improvement that you have in mind. They also offer training classes at your personal site for maintenance and they also offer home heating tune-ups. JOB are Trusted Saskatoon Furnace experts and they can also help you with all your Saskatoon plumbing needs!In this Saskatoon HVAC article,  Jeff Bolton, owner of JOB, highlights how important it is to be aware of scams in the Saskatoon air-conditioning and furnace marketplace. 


JEFF FROM JOB WARNS AGAINST FRAUD IN SASKATOON’S HVAC INDUSTRY

The feeling of being ripped off is horrible, and I count myself fortunate that I haven’t been the victim of fraud very much in my life. However,  I am sad to say that I deal with victims of contractor fraud too often in Saskatoon.  In my latest article, I share another example that happened recently, as I want to educate consumers on what to look out for.- Jeff , owner of JOB


Fraud takes many different forms

I was recently at a lady’s home to provide a quote to replace the furnace and air conditioner. Her house was the same as most other homes in our city,  in fact she lives just  4 blocks away from my family. She invited me in and we exchanged pleasantries,  then I asked her the burning question that had been top of mind since I pulled up outside.  Why was she requesting a quote for a new home comfort system in a house that was no more than 12 years old?

She explained that the night before her furnace had stopped working. This was especially an issue as the overnight temperature in Saskatoon had dropped to about  -30C. Unfortunately, she was unaware that JOB offers 24-hour emergency service and she had called another company.

The other company turned up, identified the problem but they didn’t have the part required ( It was 4 am, so I give them a pass on that one,) . They  returned at 8:30 am with the correct part to fix the issue and the tech took it upon himself to go through her furnace and air conditioner. He noted that there were old watermarks both on the side and at the base of the furnace, which I can verify. As someone that has a career in the furnace and air conditioning industry, the source of the water was very evident to me.It was clear that at some point, probably in the summertime, the evaporator coil had frozen and then melted.

One indication about this was the plugged air filter leaning up against the furnace.


The other technician told this very nice lady that her furnace was over ten years old and a crack COULD happen in the heat exchanger (even though he couldn’t find any crack) and that would send carbon monoxide into her home potentially killing her, her partner and her dogs!! If that ominous threat was not enough,  he also told her that her air conditioner unit had a leak and would also need to be replaced.


Now, it is possible that she may have a leak in the air conditioner, but there’s simply no way to determine that when it’s -26C outside!  Saying that she has a leak when there is a dirty filter right there is, “bullcrap!”


The other thing that I haven’t mentioned yet, is the 3 carbon monoxide detectors I saw in her home. I will not downplay carbon monoxide poisoning,  because it is the biggest threat to life that we face in the HVAC industry, however, there was no sign of that here. When questioned, she confirmed that the carbon monoxide detectors had never gone off. In addition, one of the detectors displays the level of CO present and when I checked it showed zero.


Let me be VERY clear here, this person was simply using fear tactics to sell a new furnace and air conditioner to this lady.

If you get a flat tire on your Chevy do you buy a new Mercedes??

 

 

 

“But he said I’m in imminent danger!” Said the lady

 

The moral of the story about fraud in Saskatoon’s HVAC Industry, is to be careful, ask questions and deal with the right people. Start by looking for businesses on TrustedSaskatoon .com.

 

JOB Heating has been a TrustedSaskatoon partner from almost the beginning. We are both locally owned and accountable companies and we deal with local companies. Local people always care the most, we care about service and we care about people.  We care because this is my city and my home too.

Contact Jeff and team at JOB Heating today. 



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Western Carpet One Floor & Home Share Advice On Beautiful & Durable Carpet Options

Western Carpet One Floor & Home is a locally owned and operated servicing Saskatoon and area since 1974. They are a full-service store offering no charge estimates and full installation on all flooring products. A newly expanded stunning showroom offers a comfortable shopping experience for every type of flooring. Whether it is Carpet, Hardwood, Ceramic Tile, Laminate flooring, Cork, Sheet vinyl or area rugs, you will find it at Western Carpet One Floor & Home a Trusted Saskatoon Flooring Store

Can You Choose a Carpet that is Both Beautiful & Durable?

 

Flooring can add beauty and style to your home. From beautiful, natural hardwood to soft luxurious carpet, a floor provides the backdrop for the rest of your room. You floor also gets a lot of wear and tear. Pets, guests, family, kids – your carpet literally gets walked all over every day. Choosing a floor that can take the abuse is important in having the beautiful backdrop that lets your home shine. When you’re choosing a floor, arm yourself with this information and you won’t be disappointed with the beautiful floors you’ll have for many years to come.

 


Carpet is great for bedrooms and living spaces, carpet is soft and warm underfoot. It comes in more colours so you’re bound to find the perfect hue. There are many types of carpet – some are better for high traffic areas and some offer unbelievable soft luxury. Choosing the right one depends on your space and your lifestyle.

 

Beautiful & Durable Carpet Fibers - Consider the type of fibre your carpet is made from.

 

NYLON CARPETS

 

Durable, versatile, wear-resistant and easy to clean, nylon is a great fibre choice for all areas of the home. Nylon is also soft to the touch and some new nylon yarns can be exceptionally soft. Nylon is not inherently stain-resistant, however, most nylon carpets are treated to protect against spills and stains.

 

 

POLYESTER CARPETS

 

Exceptionally soft, polyester also has natural stain resistant qualities. Polyester is not as resilient as nylon but thanks to advancements in yarn processing, polyester carpets now perform much better than older polyester carpets.

 

POLYPROPYLENE (OLEFIN) CARPETS

 

Polypropylene, while not as resilient as nylon or polyester will not absorb water making it more stain and fade resistant. Polypropylene is usually found in loop pile carpets where the lack of resiliency is not an issue.

 

 

 WOOL CARPETS

 

For a truly natural fibre option, wool carpets offer many of the great features of man-made fibres. It is hypoallergenic, stain-resistant and even flame retardant. Wool carpets tend to be more expensive than other carpets with man-made fibres.

 

Best Carpet for High Traffic Areas - Consider Carpet Textures 

 

BERBER CARPETS

 

Berber is a looped carpet tufted with thick yarn. It often has random specks of colour in contrast to a base hue. It is great for any areas that must endure lots of traffic, such and entryways and hallways. This floor covering has a rich, textured feel while maintaining an informal, casual look. 

 

LOOP CARPETS

 

Loop carpet has yarns that are looped and uncut on the carpet surface. The pile height can vary from low, tightly constructed to a more luxurious high-level pile. Loop carpet has strength and soil hiding capabilities. This style is ideal for heavy traffic areas. Loop carpet can take lots of abuse and is great for use in kids’ rooms and family rooms. The shadings in this carpet will resist traffic patterns while making colours appear deeper and richer. That means you won’t have to vacuum every time your carpet gets walked on.

 

Loop pile carpet hides traffic patterns and is super soft, making it a great fit for a kid's room or playroom.

 

CUT CARPETS

 

Cut carpet consists of yarns that are cut at the ends. The soft feel of cut carpet makes it a perfect choice for the most comfortable areas of your home — bedrooms, living rooms and family rooms. There are five basic styles of cut pile carpet: Velvet, Saxony, Frieze, Shag, and Cable, each provides a different look and texture. The primary difference among these styles is the amount of twist in the yarns that will ultimately influence the carpet’s durability. Plush saxonies are used in formal settings whereas textured plushes are less formal and help hide footprints and vacuum marks. There are a wide variety of looks and colours in cut style carpets. When you’re looking for durability, remember - the tighter the twist level, the better the carpet will perform.

 


 
CUT & LOOP CARPETS

 

As the name suggests, cut & loop carpet has a combination of high cut tufts and lower loops in a variety of sculptured patterns. Cut-loop carpets offer good performance but are slightly less durable than loop carpets. Tough and durable, cut & loop carpets can be used in any place that gets a lot of activity. These carpets are great at adding a dimension of texture that creates an enhanced plush profile and camouflages traffic patterning.

 

 
" Armed with this information, you can choose a carpet that fits with your lifestyle and remains beautiful for years to come. What texture and fibre combination is right for your home?Choose Western Carpet One Floor & Home. From inspiration to installation" David Roden 

Western Carpet One Floor & Home is a Trusted Saskatoon Flooring Store



Trusted Saskatoon Employment Agency Express Employment Shares Nine Workforce Trends Post Pandemic

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. 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! In their latest Saskatoon employment agency tip Hanif shares an article from SIA about workforce trends out pandemicExpress Employment Saskatoon Is Your Trusted Saskatoon Headhunters and Employment Agency.


NINE WORKFORCE TRENDS POST PANDEMIC

1. Contingent Workers

Expanded use of contingent workers is one of nine human resources trends that will impact the future of work following the Covid-19 pandemic, according to research from Gartner Inc.The research organization cited one of its surveys that found 32% of companies are replacing full-time employees with contingent workers as a cost-saving measure.
Using more contingent workers will provide greater workforce management flexibility, according to Gartner. 

“However, HR will also need to consider how performance management systems apply to contingent workers as well as questions around whether contingent workers will be eligible for the same benefits as their full-time peers.”


The other eight trends noted in the report are:


2. Increase in remote work. 

A Gartner analysis found 48% of employees will likely work remotely at least part of the time after Covid-19.


3. Expanded data collection.

Companies are increasing their passive tracking of workers. Already, 16% are tracking employees passively via methods such as virtual clocking in and out as well as tracking computer usage.


4. Employer as a social safety net. 

Employers will increase their involvement in the lives of the employees by increasing mental health support, expanding healthcare coverage and providing financial health support.


5. Separation of critical skills and roles. 

“Separating critical skills from critical roles shifts the focus to coaching employees to develop skills that potentially open multiple avenues for them, rather than focusing on preparing for a specific next role,” said Emily Rose McRae, director in the Gartner HR practice.


6. Humanization (and dehumanization) of workers.

“Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, some employees have formed more connected relationships, while others have moved into roles that are increasingly task oriented,” according to Gartner. “Understanding how to engage task workers in the team culture and creating a culture of inclusiveness is now even more important.”


7. Emergence of new top-tier employers. 

Employers must balance the concerns today with the long-term impact on their employer brands in upcoming years.

8. Shift from designing for efficiency to designing for resilience.

Gartner says 55% of organizational redesigns prior to the pandemic were focused on streamlining roles, supply chains and workflows to increase efficiency; however, this has led to fragile systems. After Covid-19, companies will focus more on resilience through activities such as training employees with cross-functional knowledge.


9. Increase in organization complexity. 

There will be an acceleration in M&A leading to larger companies and changes in operating models that will create challenges for HR leaders.


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. 

'It's What They  Do'

Express Employment Saskatoon Is Your Trusted Saskatoon Headhunters and Employment Agency


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