May 2023

Busy Season is Less Taxing with Smaller Firms

Busy Season is Less Taxing with Smaller Firms   The tax season can be one of the most challenging times of the year for tax professionals. The high volume of work, excessive hours, and tight deadlines can lead to stress and burnout. This year's tax season was especially busy due to a combination of factors, including staff shortages and a CRA strike.  If you are in tax and are feeling overwhelmed or burnt out from a particularly challenging busy season, now [...]

March 2023

Summer Is For Travel, Not Job Hunts

As we enter Q2 and tax season draws to a close in the next couple of months, it's a great time to start thinking about new job opportunities. It is still a busy time right now but the market shifts quickly, and taking the time to explore your options can help you get ahead of the market and position yourself for the future. With the long hours and extra work, the end of tax season seems distant. You are probably [...]

Gridlock Fumes and Streetcar Blues – Are You Ready To Commute Again?

As we approach the three-year anniversary of the onset of COVID19 workplace regulations, the tides have begun to change when it comes to workplace flexibility. The days of the full week, onsite work model seem like an antiquated relic of the past. However, with health and safety protocols being lifted and the return to pre-pandemic behavior in other facets of our lives, the inevitable debate of returning to the office has become more prevalent. What will that look like [...]

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, [...]