HAL’S TITLES: Manitoba’s labor shortage continues


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The demand for workers across the province is currently huge and it’s not just in the hospitality industry either. Yes, restaurants are struggling to find and keep good employees, but there is currently a shortage of staff in all areas. Kevin Gill is the President of Staffmax, a national staffing and recruiting agency with offices in Winnipeg. He says there have never been so many employers looking for people to fill positions and it has never been so difficult to find employees. And even if they find people willing to work, they ask for things that they wouldn’t normally ask and they quit that job sooner than usual because there is always a better opportunity that pays more and offers more money. advantages. Signing bonuses, attendance bonuses and sponsorship bonuses are commonplace. Gill says the real minimum wage is more like $ 15 an hour and even then people look elsewhere for more money. He adds that many job seekers are also only interested in a work from home opportunity.

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I don’t know about you, but these are my favorite two weeks of Bomber Football. In Regina this weekend for the Labor Day Classic, then back here for the Banjo Bowl rematch at IG Field next Saturday. We have only lost one game so far but the Riders are undefeated. By the way, Coors Light will be handing out free Banjo Bowl tickets starting at 12:30 p.m. that day in the Coors Light Fanatic Fan Zone, also known as Sections 140 and 141. Tickets will be awarded to the first 107 fans who with an empty can of Coors Light. Why? Because the Bombers will have been Gray Cup champions for 107 weeks when they start again in 2021.

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If you’re looking for something cool to do this weekend, the Wave Interlake Artists Studio Tour is back for another year. Twenty-seven different artists open their workshops to the public free of charge. The 20th annual event showcases everything from paper makers and woodcarvers to ceramists and photographers. Just watch for blue and white signs on highways 8 and 9 north of Winnipeg or visit WatchTheWave.ca.

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I asked my therapist friend Carolyn Klassen from Conexus Counseling for advice on how to develop good habits and she was once again amazing. She told me to focus on the benefits rather than the tasks. In the meantime, a new CDC study on our activity level indicates that most of us aren’t as active as we should be. He recommends planning your training and sticking to the time. The CDC says morning workouts are also better because you’ll have fewer snack foods throughout the day.


A new poll says nearly a third of us haven’t had a day alone to relax in more than three months. The survey also asked 2,000 people how they practiced personal care. 54 percent listen to music. 48% take a bubble bath. And 37% take a nap at the end of a long day. A whopping 85 percent think self-care is important to putting your mental health first. 76 percent think all employers should offer mental health days to their employees.


Like I told you before, I hate virtual meetings. But unfortunately, they were needed during the pandemic. Researchers at the University of Arizona say the best way to deal with what they call “zoom fatigue” is to turn off the camera. Their study says employers should let their workers decide whether they want to be filmed.

– Hal has been writing columns for years. He is also the afternoon host on 680 CJOB. You can email him at [email protected]

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