Vol. 5, Issue 2, May 10, 2018
Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Your weekly news & updates from WPH!
In this week's edition: View Hired not Fired videos; Attend Supporting Healthy Minds at Work: A Forum for Employers and Service Providers, on June 8th; Free webinar on self care by CharityVillage
Hired not Fired: The Soft Skills to Get and Keep the Job

Each year when WPH surveys employers via our EmployerOne survey we hear that job seekers and current employees are lacking strong soft skills.

Soft skills are interpersonal skills such as teamwork, flexibility, patience, and time management. Hard skills are specific abilities that can be defined and measured, such as writing, math, and using specific types of machinery.

With this feedback in mind WPH partnered with students in Mohawk College's Journalism Program to create a series of three videos and a website to promote strong soft skills to job seekers.

Local employers were interviewed for their feedback on why soft skills in the areas of Independent Work, Dependability, and Work Ethic are important qualities for future and present employees.

Many thanks to the following employers who were interviewed for the videos: Felton Brushes, ACS Valves, Flying Squirrel, Other Bird, Fruitland Manufacturing, and Reptile Kingdom.

Please view the videos at the site: Hired Not Fired.

Additional videos will be added to the site in the future. If you are an employer who would like to share your views on camera regarding soft skills please contact Cyndi at [email protected].
Supporting Healthy Minds at Work: A Forum for Employers and Service Providers

Did you know...

  • Mental illness in Canada affects not only a person's quality of life, but also the economy
  • According to the Canadian Mental Health Association the cost of mental illnesses to the Canadian economy is $51 billion a year
  • Each week 500,000 Canadians miss work due to a mental health issue

As an employer you may be unsure how to help your colleagues or staff who may have a mental illness.

Workforce Planning Hamilton and partners are presenting a half day workshop on June 8th at McMaster Innovation Park that will provide resources that you can use immediately.

The morning event includes a keynote by Nick Petrella, a Mohawk College professor and mental health advocate; an interactive workshop; information fair and networking. 

Cost is $20 and includes a light breakfast.

The Importance of Self Care: A Free Webinar by CharityVillage
Are you feeling burnt out and that your work is taking a toll on your physical and mental health? This webinar will help you better understand the role of self care in a healthy nonprofit career.
It's easy to burn out in the nonprofit sector. This session will focus on individual and organizational self care. 
It will include tips and tricks for building a healthier organization and investing time and effort in a healthier YOU.

Date: Thursday, May 17 at 1pm Eastern Time / 10am Pacific Time (one hour)
Labour Force Information, Hamilton - March 2018
Workforce Planning Hamilton | 905-521-5777| [email protected] | www.workforceplanninghamilton.ca