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Staffing for Canada Week

This week is Staffing for Canada Week.  The annual event is celebrated by members of the Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services to acknowledge the more than 400,000 people who are employed in the staffing profession in Canada. ACSESS members represent 85 percent of the staffing volume in Canada.

Our office celebrated with a pot luck lunch and then a handful of us went for a nice walk along the seawall in Yaletown. Great way to celebrate with our fun team of recruiters.

Bike to Work Week

It is Bike to Work Week in many North American cities including Vancouver this week. Too bad about the rain. Gear up properly and stay safe out there. Bike to Work

Not only is cycling a healthy and an environmentally-friendly commuting option, you can also enjoy some of the commuter station locations this week while commuting on two wheels. For a map and more details of locations of the stations in Vancouver go to biketoworkmetrovan.ca . Enjoy free refreshments, prizes, bike tune ups on bike routes during the whole week.

More and more,  workplaces have accommodated their employees with biking to work with access to a secure bike rooms, showers, etc.  Perhaps this is something that your workplace has already embraced.


photo credit: Winston Wong

Coffee by profession

Ah, that jolt of java that starts your day…

According to an annual survey conducted by Dunkin’ Donuts and CareerBuilder,  61% of the workers who need coffee to get though their day drinks two cups or more each day.

What are the coffee trends in the workplace? Check out this infographic below.

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source: ILoveCoffee.jp

30 day challenge – the follow up

I asked a few people who participated in a 30 day challenge recently to provide some feedback on their experience. Interesting what we can learn from our personal goals, and what a hold they can have on us.

Sharon – I really enjoyed taking on this 30 day challenge! Working out daily made my body and soul more energetic and positive. It was also really fun and rewarding to accomplish this challenge with like minded friends…the no drinking for 30 days, however wasn’t the greatest because there were days when I would have enjoyed a glass of wine or two. I realized I wasn’t trying to break a habit of drinking as it wasn’t consuming my life so as I embark the coming month of December, I have given myself another 30 day challenge in making good habits:

–        Spend 30 minutes min each day with some kind of self development and learning ie. Reading business book, daily paper, studying for recruiter courses!
–        Drink 6 glasses of water per day

Laura – I could drink coffee all day, but water? – I don’t drink nearly enough. Water is so important to good health so for my 30 day challenge I decided to drink 1.5 litres of water a day. Most days I drank at least 1.5 litres a day, if not more, but I have to admit that some days I got pulled back into old habits and drank less than 1.5 litres. My 30 days of water drinking were mostly successful (even including the small missteps) as even on the days when I didn’t quite meet my goals I was still drinking more water than I would have was I not consciously engaging in the challenge. I will definitely challenge myself again!

Matt – I accepted the 30 day challenge on a whim. I’ve never done one before so thought “why not.” I accepted my challenge in theory – I liked the idea. And an idea is what it remained. I lasted 3 days before it was out of mind for the rest of the period. It reminded me of the ‘best practices’ of goal setting that I didn’t use – I didn’t write it down and give myself a deadline; I didn’t ask for help or someone to check in with me to see how my progress was going; I didn’t keep a physical reminder near my desk to cue me to do something. This challenge reminded me that an idea will stay an idea until I turn it into a goal. Lessons learned for my next 30 day challenge!

Alana – My 30 Day Challenge was an interesting exploration of habit-making activity. In an effort to make it stick, I made a cup of green tea each morning and brought a pre-sorted bottle of vitamins with me to work.  I was really good and didn’t miss a day for 2.5 weeks until I ran out of green tea and one of my vitamins.  I missed a couple days of green tea, then a couple vitamins on various days. The interesting part was how I wasn’t as motivated to continue my activity after a slip up.  I learned that if I try any diet, exercise or new habit, I need to be routine on not only administering the activity, but also making sure I am ready with supplies.  Starting on Dec 1, I started a new routine to try – making my lunch every weekday so I don’t buy lunch.  Both Sundays I have gone out to purchase the necessary groceries  then chopped and cooked enough for the whole week.  That way, it is easy each morning to just pack the food into a Tupperware and bring it with me.  Also, in case I accidently run low on supplies, I have a backup of a few soups in my cupboard so I stay on track. Hopefully I can use my 30 day challenge experience as a learning point instead of a failure. 🙂

Jessica – I reached for my business book every night – except for the occasional night when I didn’t read at all because my eyes were just so tired from the day, that I had to go straight to bed.
I did manage to plough through my book way more than I normally would have. Glad I did the challenge. I will continue with my reading – see, the habit already worked!
Now I want to pick up another good habit. Maybe I’ll drink green tea every day, just like Alana did. That would be a good place to start.

What I think we all learned from this challenge, is to keep yourself accountable to attain your goals, and if you miss a couple of days, pick up where you left off, and eventually, the habit could start to stick again.

30 Day Challenge

The yoga studio I am currently practicing at is doing a 30 day yoga challenge. Although this is not a new concept, it is worth visiting, as it could provide inspiration to try another 30 day challenge whether it be yoga, or whether it be giving up caffeine.

Why 30 days? 30 days is the threshold to make or break a habit. Stephen Covey famously said that it takes 21 days to create a habit. Some of us need longer – so let’s just round it up to 30. A 30 day challenge allows you to take baby steps to achieve your goals.

This 3 minute TED video spells it out clearly. I don’t think I could give up sugar for 30 days like Matt Cutts did, or chocolate for that matter.

Think of something you’ve always wanted to try. Make those small changes, see your self confidence grow, and achieve your goals. You can even sign up at 43 Things and find others with similar goals and cheer each other on with encouragement. The #21 All-time Most Popular goal on the site is “get a job”. There are others like ‘lose weight’, ‘stop procrastinating’ and ‘drink more water’.

So, the question is, what will your 30 day challenge be?  Feel free to share in the comments below.

~ Jessica Rozitis

Take me out to the ballgame

On a warm summer evening last week, several McNakers and their famlies attended a Vancouver Canadians baseball game. It was a highly entertaining evening, and the home team won! Enjoy this video of our outing with our coworkers.

~ Jessica Rozitis

Bike to Work Week

It is Bike to Work Week in Vancouver starting today, May 30th through to June 5th.

Not only is cycling a healthy and an environmentally-friendly commuting option, you can also win prizes for commuting on two wheels. Register your team of co-workers online at biketoworkmetrovan.ca for your chance to win. There will also be free coffee, snacks, prizes and parties on bike routes the whole week.

My employer allows me to dress a bit more casually on my bicycle commuting days. Perhaps this is something that your workplace has already embraced.

As I strap on my bike helmet for my commute to work this Wednesday, I will be wearing my Canucks shirt to work to support the home team. Go Canucks Go!

~ Jessica Rozitis


photo credit: yelahneb