Hiring gets more innovative

January 6, 2022

We end the year with yet more uncertainty. Hope for relief in the fall has given way to more fear and trepidation.

I’m definitely happy to be working from home, and to have that option, knowing that many people don’t have that luxury. And these days it truly is a luxury, because working on the front lines with a persistent global virus can be exhausting and scary.

But the work must go on, and to that end, employers and HR are tackling the usual challenges. One of the bigger ones these days involves recruitment, with surveys highlighting how difficult it is to find and hire people.

Partnerships and tech tools

So it’s not surprising, but it is impressive, to see employers rolling out a variety of initiatives in that regard.

Take, for example, a partnership between the Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) and the CFL Players Association (CFLPA) to address the labour shortage affecting the construction industry. The CBTU — which represents 14 unions and more than 600,000 workers — will provide players, current and retired, with access to training in the sector.

“The profile of the CFL players is quite suitable for the construction industry: the average length of career is less than three years and they’re in their 20s. We need people in the construction industry, and we’re doing whatever we can through a variety of different measures to get more entrants to the construction industry, and this is a unique and very promising opportunity,” says Sean Strickland, executive director of CBTU in Ottawa.

Source: HR Reporter