More than a year ago, when I was working with the executive team on the vision for IMI’s Ottawa office, I espoused the virtues of an open office plan as a way to increase communication between departments. It was an easy sell, but after only a few months of observing how our employees were interacting with one another in our new space, the results weren’t as good as I’d initially hoped for.
Your company’s success ultimately comes down to the quality of your employees. Everyone wants the best, and most headhunters will eagerly promise to deliver.
You can either consider that the cost of doing business, or you can ask yourself a difficult question: Why does our company have to outsource a pricey headhunter when thousands of qualified employees are banging at the doors of Google, EY, Salesforce, Acuity, and KPMG?
What happens when you load up a Chevy Suburban with 5 of your coworkers and drive to one of the biggest conferences in North America?
For starters, you really get to know one another. Thankfully, I’m in a position where I’m working closely with 2 friends I grew up with and my other 2 colleagues are pretty awesome as well. That said, after being with each other constantly for 5 days straight,
Salary? Term? Travel distance? Benefits? These are all significant pieces of the prospecting puzzle when choosing a potential employer, but what happens if you find that, after going over all the standard perks, nothing really stands out?
IMI’s Maria Gonzalez is taking advantage of the Material Handling industry’s phenomenal growth, breaking down gender stereotypes to build a great career.
When it comes to construction, transportation and warehousing careers, women aren’t easy to find. In Canada, only 2.5% of females in the workforce are employed in transportation and warehousing, compared to 7.4% of males. At IMI, we employ thousands of people in the material handling sector, and yes, most of them are male. But then I heard about Maria Maldonado Gonzalez.
That statement reminds me of Ron White, a stand-up comic and longstanding member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. I remember watching Ron’s Just For Laughs routine when I was a kid, where he spoke of a man in Florida who decided he was going to tie himself to a tree to prove he could withstand the force of a hurricane. Ron, as if to impart some wisdom on this intrepid individual, said “It’s not that the wind is blowing, it’s what the wind is blowing… If you get hit with a Volvo, it doesn’t really matter how many sit-ups you did that day”.
These days, how a company projects itself in the public eye is paramount. Perhaps it has something to do with the shift in cultural norms leading to a mainly “PC” outlook. Regardless, this idea of corporate social responsibility is a necessary part of any company’s (big or small) public relations strategy. As much as these efforts play into how an organization positions and markets themselves, they also tend to do a fair amount of good.
There is a lot of buzz surrounding the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the corporate world. While companies all over the world are investing heavily in its development, many people still don’t really understand what “it” actually is.
IMI’s Recruitment Team sees thousands of resumes every year. If you want to catch their attention when applying for a job, here are a few simple recommendations that will help you stand out from the pack.
You know what would make writing this a whole lot easier? If I could just think of a concept, add a pinch of direction, and an algorithm could just take it from there. Like a download version of the classic Matrix-style brain uplink. But alas, here I am sitting in a semi-lit room at work having to use my fingers to type letters to form words to shape ideas. How archaic!