Vol 5, Issue 5, May 27, 2021
Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Your weekly news & updates from WPH!
In this week's edition: #WorkforceWednesday; Restaurant Canada calls for sector specific survival package; How to hire someone you've never met; Hamilton Labour Force Information April 2021
Every Wednesday we are posting our #WorkforceWednesday feature - allowing Hamilton businesses to share their latest information, promotions, sales, programs and more! This feature is open to all businesses from all sectors whether you are a restaurant, service, retail business and everything in between.

Restaurant Canada Calls for Sector Specific Survival Package to Bring Jobs Back
Foodservice businesses need an exemption from the scheduled scale-back of the wage and rent subsidies to bring back nearly half a million jobs still missing from the Canadian economy.

According to the April Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada, more than two thirds (70.9%) of the 503,000 jobs still missing from the Canadian economy in the wake of COVID-19 are from the foodservice sector.

Factoring in the 80,700 employees who didn’t work any hours last month, there are still 437,500 fewer people working in the foodservice sector than there were in February 2020.

According to the latest survey data from Restaurants Canada:

  • 8 out of 10 foodservice businesses have been operating at a loss or barely scraping by throughout the entire pandemic, with 45% consistently losing money for more than a year.
  • 7 out of 10 restaurant operators continuing to lose money expect they’ll need at least a year to return to profitability.

How to Hire Someone You've Never Met
Hiring has always been one of the most vital elements of a leader’s role. Finding the right person to do a job is tough and likely the single biggest decision most managers make because of how it impacts the team’s success or failure. Add to it the complexities of hiring remotely, without really meeting someone in-person, and you’ve got yourself a unique challenge.

If the goal is to use the interview process to accurately evaluate how someone’s communication style matches the team’s, then you’ll likely need to vary the platforms or communication mediums you’re using during the interview process.
Even in a remote context, the team that new hires join will have a dramatic impact on their short-term and long-term performance, so it’s worth involving as many people from their future team in the hiring process as you can reasonably fit. 

To improve your chances of finding the right person (even if you’ve never met them) and give them the best chance of success as a new teammate, there’s a few adjustments you should consider.

Hamilton Labour Force Information: April 2021

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