Author - Elan Van Wyck

August 2022

Temporary Workers: a way to prevent team burnout in procurement

A study was conducted this year stating that almost 4 in 10 Canadian employees are experiencing an increased burnout due to work. The survey questioned more than 500 professionals in Canada, 38% of participants claimed they felt more burned out compared to a year ago. These statistics suggest that taking effective measures to help employees cope with feeling stressed and overwhelmed by their jobs is important. This not only provides a healthier work environment and culture but will also [...]

GTA real estate job market remains strong

Recent layoffs at high-profile tech companies like Shopify, Meta and Amazon may spark anxiety for job seekers, but the post-pandemic hiring hot streak continues in other sectors – particularly real estate in the Greater Toronto Area. There remains a tremendous need for accounting/finance candidates in the real estate sector, said Winchesters Director Elan Van Wyck, who focuses on Accounting and Finance Recruitment. Salaries are rising as companies compete for talent with a background in real estate, he said, adding he’s [...]

July 2022

To Apply or Not to Apply During the Summer?

As the weather becomes warmer, recruitment changes. It doesn’t come to a halt, but summer months can be slower as both job-seekers and decision makers take their summer vacations and enjoy time-off. There are still available job opportunities but the hiring process can experience delays when stakeholders are less available to conduct interviews, sign approvals/offer letters, and perform onboarding. It is that long-awaited time of the year where personal time is booked off in order to enjoy the weather and [...]

June 2022

Counter-Offers! Big Yes or Big No?

You decide to move on from your current position and inform your employer you’re leaving. unexpectedly, you receive a counter-offer. Yes, your employer tempts you to reconsider your resignation, typically with a salary increase or promotion. This tactic is often used to keep high-performing employees from leaving a company. When navigating a counter-offer, there are many things to consider. Here are some tips:   1. Have an open conversation with your manager/employer Take time to discuss the exact terms of the offer. [...]

April 2022

Do Remote Interviews Affect The Possibility To Land That Dream Job?

Some workplaces today have adopted a hybrid model, promoting a healthier work/life balance due to its flexible nature. Many employees agree the opportunity to work remotely within the week offers its benefits. However, the transition we are witnessing now involves the majority of interviews being conducted virtually as well. Virtual interviews between employers and potential candidates very rarely occurred pre-Covid. With Covid regulations becoming less stringent, some interviews have gone back to the usual in-person set up. Some candidates, however, [...]

Inclusivity For All Women

The first Black woman was just named to the Supreme Court of the United States. It’s a major milestone for women in traditionally male institutions, but there is still a long way to go in everyday settings. At Winchesters, we work with the CCDI (Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion) to advance diversity in the workplace. Our latest workshop was on women in the workplace. There is still disparity between the rights held by women and men in the workplace, [...]

February 2022

Winchesters Creates a New Division for Human Resources

We Are Excited To Announce The Creation Of A New Specialized Division! At Winchesters, This division will focus on entry and mid-level recruitment in Human Resources in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area.  The past few years have been an unprecedented time in business and the need for Human Resource departments has been crucial across all industries. We want to move into the new year with fresh eyes and a new outlook, redefining the value of Human Resources in Toronto. We [...]

January 2022

Why It’s Risky to Bet on Working from Home Forever 

Now that people have a taste of working from home, more candidates are seeking roles that are exclusively remote. Some want to live farther from the office, others want the freedom to travel, while even more want the flexibility to deal with childcare and other responsibilities.  But we advise pausing before making a major life change that would prevent commuting to the office. We’ve seen employers yo-yo on their remote work policies. This is understandable, given the uncertainty of the past [...]

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Cold Feet? Employees More Hesitant to Switch Jobs 

The candidate aced the interview, passed the reference checks and seemed thrilled by your job. So why did they turn down the offer? At Winchesters we’ve noticed more people are reluctant to leave their current jobs for new career opportunities. This hesitation to switch jobs can make it even harder to find candidates during a labour shortage, a problem that’s expected to get worse in the coming years as more Baby Boomers retire. We see three big reasons employees are staying [...]