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Trusted Saskatoon Recruitment Pros at Express Employment Professionals Urge You To Check Out The New Grads.

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 Employment Saskatoon Is Your Trusted Saskatoon Recruitment and Employment Agency allows 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 Express Employment's latest Saskatoon recruitment tip, they share an article on why you may want to consider hiring new grads .



Adding New Workers? Check Out The New Grads.
With summer right around the corner, business leaders will soon be seeing dozens of resumes from new graduates cross their desks. Many companies have begun preparing to add these entry-level professionals to their workforce, while others have already started the hiring process. And, it appears that this year even more employers are taking advantage of everything new grads bring to the table.
Hiring Increase Predicted
According to Forbes, a study conducted in August and September of 2014 found that the hiring of new bachelor’s degree graduates is expected to increase by 16 percent. USNews similarly reported that two other studies predicted an increase in new-grad hiring, with the National Association of Colleges and Employers expecting an 8.3 percent increase. Even out of the 65 percent of organizations that told The Society for Human Resource Management they had not yet hired any 2015 college grads, almost three-quarters still foresee hiring graduates this year. “We are beginning to see entry-level hiring pick up”, explained SHRM Survey Program Director Evren Esen. “Compared to recent years, 2015 college graduates can be optimistic in their job search.”
Businesses Benefit From New Grads

Not only is this good news for the job-seeking grads, it’s also good for the companies doing the hiring. While some business leaders are wary of hiring employees fresh out of college, smart employers understand these new professionals have a lot to offer and can greatly benefit the workplace. Their youthful energy and knowledge of what’s popular among the younger generations can be instrumental in shaping effective marketing and sales campaigns. New grads are also known for their enthusiasm and hope for the future, which can translate into hard work and the willingness to tackle big projects. And, with the constant need for innovation to stay ahead of the competition, the youngest employees are sometimes a company’s greatest assets. 
A Job Offer Isn’t Enough
With the rise in college graduate hiring, though, employers are also going to have to work harder to attract and keep this new talent wave. Forbes found that simply getting new or upcoming grads to accept the job offer doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve committed to you and your company. It’s now recommended that employers, “after making a new hire, devote effort to making them feel wanted before their start date.” Some ways to keep a new hire’s attention and build loyalty include maintaining communication through emails, phone calls, or social media, and providing relationship-building opportunities either in person or through social media sites. The more ties that are created between the new hire and employer, and the more often they’re reminded of why they want to work there, the less likely they are to take another job offer elsewhere.
This may sound like a lot of effort to go through in order to bring a young, inexperienced professional to your team. However, the war for talent has been going on for years, and now that hiring is picking back up, businesses can expect to have to fight a little harder for the top talent graduating from college this year. And, in light of all that new grads have to offer, it could be well worth it.



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 Your Trusted Saskatoon Headhunters and Employment Agency


The Trusted Saskatoon team brag about Panko Collaborative Law & Mediation

Panko Collaborative Law & Mediation is a settlement firm focusing on family law and offering a supportive environment for families in transition or conflict. Using a holistic approach, the team at Panko Collaborative Law and Mediation walks with their clients through whatever legal issue they are involved in, empowering them to problem solve out of court. Panko Collaborative Law & Mediation is a Trusted Saskatoon Law Firm Specializing in Family Law! 

A Fresh Perspective On Dispute Resolution from The Trusted Team at Panko Collaborative Law & Mediation  

It is safe to say that not many lawyers specialize in alternative dispute resolution and mediation when it comes to resolving client disputes. What the team at Panko Collaborative Law & Mediation offers is certainly different,  and we are eager to share what they do, why they get the thumbs up from Trusted Saskatoon and what makes them stand apart from the crowd!  



The first thing to note is that the goal at Panko is NOT to go to court! 


This is a rather surprising goal for a law firm, so to understand why it helps to learn how the company came to be in the first place. We sat down with Dominique Panko, a mediator at the company, to find out more about the history, the people and the philosophy of the firm. 

Dominique's mother, Charmaine Panko is the founder and principal lawyer at the firm. To say Charmaine is a trailblazer is an understatement. She was invited to study law at the University Of Saskatchewan and eagerly commenced her studies in 2000. Charmaine was a mature student and she had already started her family. Understandably she found the workload combined with mothering nine children intense, so she petitioned the University to allow her ( and other mothers) to study part-time. They agreed, and in 2005 Charmaine graduated with a Batchelor of Law (with distinction). After law school, she joined Miller Thomson, where she was a collaborative lawyer, mediator, arbitrator, and trainer, before leaving to start her own company, Panko Collaborative Law & Mediation in 2015.

When Dominique was sharing her mother's story,  it became clear that Charmaine has a talent for problem-solving,  and that she actively seeks out unique ways to overcome objections and tackle roadblocks encountered. Now a mother of 11, Charmaine is an entrepreneur overseeing a successful family-owned and operated Saskatoon law and meditation firm, where Dominique and 3 of her other children also work.   

A Commitment To Doing Things Differently 


"We will not go to court- there are ways to go your own way that aren't so hard and ways that don't have to be a road to misery. Our goal is to get former adversaries to work together" - Dominique Panko
When asked what being trusted means to the team at Panko, Dominique replied that confidentiality was paramount, clients have to be able to trust them and they must trust the process - to do that they need to feel safe. 
The process is very different from what people are used to when struggling with disputes in the emotional areas they deal with. They specialize in mediating family law, divorce and separation, wills and estate disputes. They offer holistic support and their team is invested in finding a way to an amicable resolution for their clients. Hear what their peers have to say...

" As a fellow attorney, I'm scrupulous about who I send my friends and family to. Charmaine is a seasoned attorney who works to achieve the very best results without destroying families. Charmaine's training in mediation and collaborative divorce help her to guide families through the transitions of separation and divorce without the high cost (and emotional toll) of litigation." Carrie Luelling

Panko Collaborative Law & Mediation has several pathways to achieve a successful outcome, including:

Collaborative Law
In this process, each person involved has their own specially trained lawyer. Both lawyers commit to resolving all matters between the people involved without fighting in court. Sometimes in this process, the lawyers might suggest the inclusion of other collaborative team members such as separation coaches, child consultants, or divorce financial experts. The video below explains the process in detail. 


" Collaborative Law was able to work around my busy schedule while guiding me on the proper sequence of everything involved in a separation. There were quick responses to any and all of my questions. When it came time to have a face-to-face meeting, I found it to be a comfortable experience. Which was nice, as I was nervous about mediation, to begin with. I found everyone in the office to be very professional." A Harrison


Mediation
A process using a neutral third party to facilitate negotiations and conversation for people in disagreement to reach a mutually satisfactory solution.


Kitchen Table
Working through the agreements that need to be made in an informal way, perhaps through conversations at your kitchen table.

Do It Yourself Separation / Divorce
They can teach you the steps to ensure your separation story is a successful one by taking the CommonSense Separation Course

" We refresh our mission statement every year to ensure it remains relevant. Our role is to empower people through difficult transitions - we go where ever there is conflict and we approach challenges with a fresh perspective. We give our clients tools that they can use for the rest of their lives" - Dominique Panko, Mediator

The team at Trusted Saskatoon is extremely proud to promote and support the wonderful team at Panko Collaborative Law & Mediation. It is clear that they are passionate about helping people find a better way. The situations they are involved with are amongst the most painful, emotional and challenging times in their clients' lives. Charmaine, Dominique and the Panko team authentically care, they are actively involved in offering new ways and they are passionate about petitioning for much-needed change in family law and the justice system so it works better for all involved, but especially for the children! 

Panko Collaborative Law & Mediation Is A Trusted Saskatoon Law Firm Specializing in Family Law and Mediation 




Communication Secrets of Great Leader, By: Hanif Hemani

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. 

'It's What They  Do'

Express Employment Saskatoon Your Trusted Saskatoon Headhunters and Employment Agency


Trusted Saskatoon Mortgage Broker Tammy Wandzura Shares Tips On Working From Home

Purchasing your home is one of the biggest and most important decisions that you can make. Tammy Wandzura is a Trusted Saskatoon Mortgage broker and the team at Elite Mortgage Choice believe that buying a home should also be an exciting experience with little to NO stress. By trusting your Saskatoon Mortgage Broker, you are ensuring that any stress you may have had in previous encounters can be eliminated! Tammy truly believes that all you should have to worry about is opening the door to your new home for the very first time. In her latest Mortgage tip she shares tips on working from home! 

Many of us through COVID have been plunged into a ‘work from home’ scenario.

What does that (really) look like to you?

  • How have you been managing?
  • Do you have a dedicated workspace?
  • Do you have kids at home?
  • Have you been able to catch up with the technology you need to be connected to? (Zoom, double screens, fast enough internet etc)
  • Are you working more efficiently? (or as efficient as you expected?)
  • Are you working too much?
  • Will this be your ‘new normal’ moving forward post COVID?
  • Do you like it?? Love it?? Hate it??




Everyone’s situations are vastly different and the experience will look much different to every person and household.


I want to reach out to the super social, work-a-holic type folks out there!

How are you managing? 


Working from home can be a real challenge for these types of people.  Take it from me!

I personally started working from home 2 1/2 years ago; after 15+ years of working from a brick and mortar office.

I have been working “remotely” with out of Province clients or clients that preferred a SIMPLIFIED process and service level for MANY years…so the transition from a workflow perspective was very simple.

Rewind to my feelings of working from home a couple of years back?

PURE Joy and Excitement

  • The extra time to prioritize me (health and wellness)
  • The extra time to keep the house up
  • The extra time….
  • No outside distractions
  • No need to ‘get ready’ every single day…could I really work in my pj’s all day if I wanted to!@!?!?

The REALITY of working from home is a touch different. (which I am sure many of you are experiencing?)


I still ♥♥♥ it! And would NOT change it for the world! BUT it does not come without its own challenges AND I have learned many lessons over the last couple of years.


First of all… working from home has not made my life any less busy.

I am a bonfide 100% self-proclaimed work-a-holic.

That can be good…and that can be bad ☺

When I worked from an office- my days were long but I had the option of “shutting it down for the day” most days.

I LOVE my job, I LOVE my clients, I LOVE my industry and I LOVE what I do. So “shutting it down” is not always in the cards when the office is only 5 steps down the stairs.

I honestly have NO PROBLEM at all rolling downstairs- to my office with a hot cup of coffee at 6 am or 7 am and will work all through the day until well after supper time without a thought.

Many folks I talk to – wonder how I get any work done all day working from home…? 

They have communicated they would be watching TV, doing laundry, sitting on the patio….

Warning: if you are a work-a-holic and you love what you do….working from anywhere is not a problem!

To be honest, it’s turned me into a bit of a procrastinator. My personal life stuff tends to get put on the back burner more than it used to.

When I was working outside of the home- I was pit stopping throughout the day or on my way home (groceries, dry cleaning, shopping etc) & house stuff (cleaning, yard work etc) was getting done at record speeds…because there was only so much time in the day…and stuff still had to get done.

NOW: leaving the house needs to be a real plan. Cleaning…well…I am a clean freak, so yes my house is generally clean- but it often gets done “tomorrow” or the day after that.

What I learned really quickly….?


  • If there is a day or week that is not crazy busy. TAKE IT!
When you work from home – (for me at least, as a self-employed person) if work is not my normal ‘crazy busy’ ….I feel guilty and feel like I should be trying to create projects to get the phone ringing.   When I worked from the downtown office, I would take that odd opportunity to grab my cell phone (any incoming calls), close up the office for the day and go out to LIVE LIFE. 

So the advice: keep building that business but take some time once in a bit to absorb this one life we have!

Make it a priority to plan a coffee or lunch date (post-COVID) out of the home office with friends or colleagues a couple of times per week.


 Suit up!

Not really…but GET UP early, Make your bed, SHOWER and look pretty.

There is nothing worse than working in your PJ’s for 5 days in a row with ‘bed head’ and then wondering why life feels so un-motivating.

I am still struggling with this….(as I sit here in my PJ’s) but I can tell you- without a shadow of a doubt I feel like a million bucks when I get ready and throw a ‘real outfit’ on!

I can work from A N Y W H E R E !

We lead a busy life.  I had to create a process that allowed me to keep you with it!

We actually thrive from being ‘over the top busy’. It’s how we do our best work.

My business is consistently hopping all through the year, my husband is a grain farmer (so Spring through to mid-November is even busier) and we love spending time in sunny Costa Rica where we are fortunate to have a modest condo and have the opportunity to spend a few weeks- a couple of months per year

Having my business set up remotely has allowed me to be 100% available – working ‘full time’ all while LIVING life.

I have the same office set up at home, at the farm and in Costa Rica. I grab my laptop, my office phone (Voice over the internet) and off I go. Ready to ‘plug and play’!


The single biggest challenge

  • Create a self wellness routine now!
This may be the hardest thing and something I still struggle with every single day. (Its EASY to put work and everything else before YOU)

I work from home. I have zero excuses and I absolutely always have 30-60 minutes a few times per week to take care of myself.

Simple goals I talk to myself about every night before bed:

  • A daily walk
  • Fresh, clean and healthy snacks and meals available
  • Take your vitamins!
  • Do a work out!
Sounds easy right?  Well, it doesn’t seem to be as easy as it sounds! ☺

(OH! and DRINK WATER!)

At the end of the day, every person's priorities are different.

There used to be an opinion about folks that worked from home.
  • We didn’t work as hard
  • Our systems were not as secure or efficient
  • We were not always available (because we are tending to home duties)
  • We didn’t really ‘want to’ work full time anymore…
This is NOT the case at all. As you can see from my experience above I have been busier and working harder than ever.

Efficient?  I think “work from hom’ers” are CRAZY efficient.  Setting systems up to WOW clients and creating solid SIMPLIFIED workflows for the office and the client experience.

I think the COVID crisis has created some harsh realities and truths for many of us to sit up and take notice of.

Life can change in a blink.

Working remotely is a “thing”. It's a thing that can work very well- BUT with everything, there is a learning curve. (likely both from a technology standpoint and personal)


I am and will continue to be your Mortgage Broker. 

I will never stop LOVING this industry, the people I get to meet, work with, assist and create friendships with.

I will always answer your calls and emails in a super speedy manner- providing top-notch service and SIMPLIFIED, MORTGAGE solutions.

If we have had the opportunity to work together- you know our office response time is well beyond what most anticipate.

I am forever grateful for the opportunity to work from home (or anywhere) and will continue to create personal goals to fine-tune my own personal experience and process to LIVE MY BEST LIFE.

If you are working from home and have some tips for ME, my followers and anyone that has engaged in this article PLEASE pass along!

Working from home is a fairly new concept for most and any TIPS would always be greatly appreciated!

Call Tammy Wandzura today Saskatoon mortgage needs OR visit www.elitemortgagechoice.com

Tammy Wandzura is a Trusted Saskatoon Mortgage broker


Top IT Security Tips From Burnt Orange Solutions your Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts

The Trusted team at Burnt Orange Solutions are located in the Saskatoon computers Category.

Honesty and respect are important factors in daily communication at Burnt Orange. Gareth and the team at Burnt Orange Solutions are YOUR Saskatoon IT stress solution. Burnt Orange Solutions are your Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts. In their latest Saskatoon IT Tip, they share top tips to ensure IT security at your Saskatoon business! 


Top IT Security Tips 


Keeping passwords, financial, and other personal information safe and protected from intruders, scammers and stalkers have long been a priority of businesses. Besides,  it’s increasingly critical for consumers and individuals to heed data protection advice and use good practices to keep personal information safe from harm.  Gareth McKee- Owner Burnt Orange Solutions 
 

 

 


   1. Backup your data.

One of the most basic, yet often overlooked, data protection tips for individuals is backing up your data. Basically, this creates a duplicate copy of your data so that if a device is lost, stolen, or compromised, you don’t also lose your important information.  This is vital for businesses, no matter how small or large. As the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and insurance company Nationwide pointed out.

 

“According to Nationwide, 68% of small businesses don’t have a disaster recovery plan. The problem with this is the longer it takes you to restore your data, the more money you’ll lose. Gartner found that this downtime can cost companies as much as $300,000 an hour.”

 

 2. Malware

 

Malware is a serious issue. Anti-malware protection is essential for laying a foundation of security for your devices. Malware is short for malicious software, and it’s software designed to infiltrate or damage a computer without your consent. Things that fall into this category sound scary – they include viruses, worms, trojan horses, spyware, scareware and more. Malware can attack you via websites and emails, or hidden in downloadable files, photos, videos,  The best way to avoid getting infected is to purchase and run a good anti-virus protection program, then do periodic scans for spyware. Also, be very vigilant when it comes to clickable links in emails or on websites you are unfamiliar with.

 

WARNING: 350,000 malware versions are identified every day. A new malware programme is released every seven seconds. Malware activity has increased by 61% over the last year. The cost of malware attacks is going up too, with companies and people losing around 11% more money in 2018 than in the previous year. Scammers are sneaky: sometimes malware is cleverly disguised as an email from a friend or client. Unfortunately, even the most cautious will likely pick up an infection at some point.  Gareth McKee

 

  3. Keep Up To Date

 

Operating system and software updates are a gigantic pain for users, but they’re a necessary evil! These updates contain critical security fixes and improvements twill protect you and your devices from newly discovered threats and glitches. Failing to install these updates means you are at risk. Operating systems and software updates may not be updated frequently or on a regular schedule so we suggest setting your systems to update automatically if possible.

 

   4. Secure Your Wireless Network.

 

A valuable IT tip for both small business owners and individuals, it’s always recommended to secure your wireless network with a password. This prevents unauthorized individuals within proximity to hijack your wireless network. Even if they’re merely attempting to get free Wi-Fi access, you don’t want to inadvertently share private information with other people who are using your network without permission. In addition, be sure to turn your computer off when you are finished using it. Leaving your computer connected to the Internet when it’s not in use gives scammers 24/7 access to install malware and commit cybercrimes. To be safe, turn off your computer when it’s not in use.

 


 






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