Vol. 9 Issue 1, September 3, 2020
Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Your weekly news & updates from WPH!
In this week's edition: McMaster Online Career Fair; Working remotely in a post-pandemic world; Companies still struggling with employee turnover through pandemic; Who's Hiring in Hamilton during COVID-19?; Hamilton LMI July 020
McMaster University's Online Career Fair

Every year McMaster University Fall Career Fair has been a destination for recruiters seeking to connect with today's top talent. The Fall Career Fair has built a reputation with employers as one of the best organized and attended career fairs. This year changes have been made to ensure safety and well-being of employer partners, students, and staff.

This year the Online Career Fair will take place over two days:
September 16-17, 2020 from 10am-1pm.

Registration is now open for employers where you can showcase your organization in the virtual lobby, review attendee resumes in real time, customize your online booth by adding your company logo and description, advertise your open jobs, videos and more.

Post-Pandemic Future: Employees Will Work Wherever They Want

While a return to the workplace has already begun, many workers will continue to work from home while physical distancing is required. When we ultimately land on the next normal, we’ll see a blended model of office and home, based on flexibility and employee choice.

Businesses will have to figure out how to manage this new flexibility, but there are benefits for them too: a smaller real estate footprint jumps to mind, as does the positive environmental impact. But there’s more to the story: skills shortages will continue to grow, and flexible arrangements will be required to attract and retain talent. In order to survive and thrive, businesses will have to listen to their employees, to consider their need for creative solutions. For many employees, this will be their first time having a say in how they work and where they do it.

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Despite High Unemployment, Companies Still Struggling with Employee Turnover

In a time of record unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 3 in 10 Canadian hiring decision-makers (27%) say one of the biggest pain points for employers when it comes to hiring is employee turnover. If employers wish to retain workers, the best thing they can do is try to keep them engaged, whether it’s through ongoing training and development, setting clear expectations, flex time, bonuses, potential for advancement, etc.

Who's Hiring in Hamilton During COVID-19?

New job board provides opportunities for businesses and job seekers
With support from the city’s Economic Development Office we are sharing a new platform for Hamilton businesses and their local employment needs. During these unprecedented times there is a desire for real-time information on job opportunities across many sectors in our city.

Hamilton Labour Force Information:
July 2020

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Hamilton, Hamilton Economic Development, and the Flamborough and Stoney Creek Chambers of Commerce, are closely monitoring and assessing new developments pertaining to COVID-19, as well as its impacts on Hamilton business.

Workforce Planning Hamilton | 905-521-5777| [email protected] | www.workforceplanninghamilton.ca