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Ask Them Before They Leave

Ask Them Before They Leave: 7 Stay Interview Questions To Improve Retention. Many companies have adopted the use of the “exit interview” as a means to gain feedback on an employee’s experiences in a certain role, or with a certain company. While this is a straightforward way to get an honest review of a former employee’s experience, if the employee is leaving on anything but good terms, this leaves the employer open to potentially widespread criticisms. A tactic that some companies have adopted is to hire their competitors’ former employees to get feedback that they can then use to leverage
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Making Your Company Attractive

Making Your Company Attractive: 4 Steps to Becoming the Employer of Choice. Making your company attractive to potential workers is essential, particularly in response to the shortage of skilled trades workers we are experiencing today. It is no secret that employees talk, amongst themselves inside the company, and to friends and family on the outside. In terms of recruiting, word of mouth and employee reviews are effective and can sway potential employees either way. This is what makes it all the more important to be filling the tanks of our people consistently. It not only does it help to create
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Women in Trades: Tackling the Skilled Labour Shortages in Canada

Women in Trades: Tackling the Skilled Labour Shortages in Canada. The struggle to find skilled trades workers and the subsequent labour shortages in the construction industry have been a worrisome headline for over a decade now. Between 2014 and 2020, over 200 000 skilled trades workers were expected to retire. This number climbed heavily after the onset of a global pandemic, placing even more pressure on the understaffed workforce. However, as COVID-19 restrictions and mandates begin to dissipate, the construction industry is in a position to make waves. Building teams with experienced and qualified workers to handle the influx in
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The “Toyota Way” to Success

Incorporating Lean Leadership Into Your Business Model Developing a successful business is no easy task. It takes long hours, dedication, and a skilled team to provide the level of professional support that will get you to where you strive to be. However, even with the time, passion, and man power, in order for your business to stand the test of time it requires a good foundation built with solid leaders. One of the most inspiring models of business development is the Lean Leadership model, created and implemented by Toyota. This model focuses on achieving and sustaining success through leadership development,
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The Importance of Training in Your Off-Season

The Importance of Training in Your Off-Season In many industries and businesses, there are both busy seasons and off seasons. When operations are in their peak season, everyone is working like a well-oiled machine to meet the demands of service in the provided time frame. However, when things start to slow down, many business owners are tasked with finding ways to fill the lull and keep employees engaged and fit for the job when business as usual resumes. This lull is the perfect opportunity to upskill or reskill your team to ensure their knowledge is fresh, skills are sharp, and
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Attraction and Retention: The Importance of Day 1 Onboarding

Retaining employees is arguably one of the most important parts of leading a successful team and business. Sifting through resumes to interview viable candidates and find the employee that fits in best is one thing, but getting a new employee to stick around takes ongoing dedication to your team.    When retention is low, it comes with many costs and consequences. Our team members hold specific knowledge, and often create a groove working with one another; When turnover is high, we experience a knowledge loss and effective teamwork suffers. However, higher employee retention leads to greater productivity, increased revenue, quality
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2021 Remote Working, Challenges and Opportunities

Happy New Year   Happy 2021; we were all thrilled to finally say goodbye to 2020 and start looking forward to the next 12 months.  2020 was the most challenging year for Canada in a century. Clearly, COVID-19 has dominated our lives; however, there is a faint light at the end of the tunnel with the rolling out of vaccines around the world. One of the many challenges is that everyone is already exhausted, stressed, bored, frustrated, and worried.  The next few months maybe even more difficult than last year. Getting through the winter will be the most demanding several months
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Canadian Government Training Grants (and how we can help you get one!)

While business for many may not be booming right now, this downtime provides companies a unique opportunity to take part in employee training and development programs to enhance business operations. At Nesbitt Training, we are dedicated to the continuing development of your team; We have been working with many employers via Zoom conferencing and with socially distanced site visits to help you become an even stronger company once businesses resume to a more predictable state. Ensuring your team receives top-notch industry knowledge is a great tool that underscores success, and we strive to help your business and your team thrive.
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What Makes Someone a Good Leader?

Characteristics of a Good Leader I often begin many of my trainings with a simple question: what are the characteristics of a good leader? It’s a simple question that can elicit an infinite number of responses from those in attendance, but the outcome is always the same. The things that we value most in a good leader have very little to do with aptitude and more to do with the person’s attitude. Attitude vs. Aptitude Everyone has at least few adjectives they would use to describe a good leader and some of the most common responses include confident, empathetic, compassionate,
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25th Anniversary

The best investment you will ever make is in yourself! By focusing on yourself through self-improvement, you will become a better person and this will reflect on your business and those around you. Over time we all change but it is up to you to ensure that you change for the better. LIVE2LEAD can help you on that journey.  
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