The brisk winds of November are a sign that we are on the doorstep of exciting times. One thing we know for sure – this winter will be different for a host of reasons.
Different this year is the easing of provincial health restrictions, the opening of borders and the increasing comfort level of visitors to get out and explore as vaccination rates venture past 85%.
What remains the same, unfortunately, is the ongoing challenges that businesses are facing in finding staff. The labour challenge isn’t just an issue that impacts business owners; it also influences employers’ mental health and how they can deliver guest experiences. Together let’s amplify the message to keep our people’s health and wellbeing front and center as we welcome increased activity. Increased risks in the workplace is one of the byproducts of workforce instability. Operators need to prioritize health and safety to be able to retain current staff and keep operations running.
While winter can be a time to cozy up or hibernate with its short, dark days, we at go2HR remain solidly committed to delivering the business tools and supports you need to help you on the path back to recovery.
We led a fascinating in-person labour recovery framework strategy session last week, where we were able to brainstorm and share strategies to move forward with the industry. Stay tuned to our channels for more information on this important work.
Our staff remains committed to offering their expertise on a myriad of topics with our industry. Look for Director of Industry Training Andrea Hinck to facilitate a discussion on Equity, Inclusion and Diversity as a part of the TIABC Wednesday webinar series. Be sure to check out our recordings on our webinar page on our website in case you missed it.
And, perhaps like you, I am feeling personally ready to embrace more. I head off to Ottawa for my first business travel since the pandemic’s start as I attend a board meeting for Tourism HR Canada. There’s no question that there is a bit of anxiety as I re-learn how to travel, but I am eager to re-engage and know that the benefits of an in-person interaction will outweigh any travel jitters I feel.