Message from the President & CEO

Audie McCarthy
President & CEO

Have a great holiday season with family and friends.
MCE offices will be closed from December 24th to January 1st.
But we'll still be tweeting!
What You Tell Us. Your Testimonial Stands Out!
I was very impressed with the material covered, the pace of the day, and the engaging mannerisms of the speaker.

Building Relationships with Council Participant
Future Ready Leadership graduate, Edward John, has been announced as the new Director of Housing Services with the City of Hamilton. Edward is currently a Senior Project Manager with the City Planning department.

Edward starts in his new role on January 7, 2019. Congratulations Edward! Connect with Edward via his LinkedIn profile.
Mohawk College with McMaster University is launching the Innovation & Digital Education Awareness (IDEA) Series of learning sessions to increase the digital literacy for executives around emerging technologies such as Big Data, Robotics, Cybersecurity, and Block Chain.

Contact Tim Mohr for more on the IDEA series.
MCE has partnered with CI360 to provide LEAN training for leaders in the healthcare sector (see Course of the Month for more information). Training will be delivered by CI360 and administered by MCE under our Health & Community Services portfolio.

Click HERE to download or read the LEAN brochure.
HR Corner:
Are Holiday Parties a Good Idea in the Workplace?
The holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends, reflecting on what has been accomplished over the past year. While we all tend to celebrate with those closest to us, the question is, should you celebrate in the workplace? There are differing opinions for and against celebrating at work.  

Those in support of having a workplace celebration believe;

  • It increases morale by showing gratitude for all the hard work employees have done all year
  • It acknowledges their ongoing commitment to the organization
  • It’s a chance to bring everyone together to connect on a level outside of work
  • Including significant others, allows people to get to know each other better 
  • The theme of the party should be left open for those who wish to refer to it as a Christmas party or for those who prefer to call it a holiday get together 

Those against having a workplace celebration believe;
  • Not everyone enjoys social gatherings and therefore it could be awkward for some
  • They have already put their work week in and would prefer not to stay after hours, even for a company sanctioned event
  • That it may not be culturally respectful to everyone, as some cultures do not celebrate Christmas

While I support workplace holiday events there are some do’s and don’ts to be cognizant of. Here are a few tips:

Party Do’s
  • Have the party well planned out with food and activities; maybe an ice breaker to help new employees assimilate
  • Keep the get together fun, relaxed and professional

Party Dont's
  • Don’t treat the holiday party like it is a regular business meeting by making it all about work
  • Don't allow alcohol and recreational marijuana at a get together. It can lead to horror stories of inappropriate behaviours and complications the next day

My recommendations above all else, make this a time for fun without sacrificing professionalism. If the event is well planned out and the expectations are clearly communicated, it will be a success. Holiday parties can in fact be a good idea!

Happy Holidays and all the best in the New Year!

Carrie Deon
Human Resources Generalist
Trainer of the Month: Liza Provenzano
Liza works with her clients to identify what HR initiatives are required to support the achievement of their business plan, ensuring that HR activities are fully integrated into the goals of the business. With the depth of HR experience Liza brings to the table, she is able to work directly with business leaders to implement the required HR actions.

Liza recently facilitated a Future Ready Leadership Essential Skills cohort for NTN Bearing in Mississauga. Liza has also facilitated Essential Skills for Olymel L.P. and a Future Ready Leadership 1 Open Seat for HR Professionals in Mississauga.
Course of the Month: LEAN in Healthcare
LEAN is a methodology meant to improve the performance of any processes. It is a way to eliminate waste and improve quality, allowing for a positive shift in organizational culture. LEAN in Healthcare was designed to offer a refresher in LEAN methodologies for leaders in healthcare.

Unique to the LEAN in Healthcare course is the ACE Diagnostic Tool. ACE is an acronym for Acknowledge-Collaborate-Execute. It is provided exclusively by Master Black Belts for a customized Good-Better-Best analysis of opportunities for training and improvement.

Training options include LEAN White-Yellow-Green Belts, Champion Training, and Money Belt Training. Click on the banner above for more information.
For more information about our programs, contact:
Lorraine MacDonald
Mohawk College Enterprise | 905-575-2534 | |