Now, more than ever, it's important for companies to recognize their staff in meaningful ways that make them feel valued and appreciated. As our economy evolves, people are more uncertain about their future, yet they are being asked to contribute more and work harder.
An organization is only as strong as its people, and these are the people that are working longer, coming up with new ideas, making sacrifices on your behalf, and hopefully helping you survive.
How are you showing them that their efforts are appreciated and that you value them as part of your community?
We'd love to see more support for local community and professional grassroots theatre so we can continue to support our artists, actors, musicians, writers, playwrights, tech folk and all involved... No More Cuts please!
Recently I went through my closet and pulled out some work boots I never use and some not-so-badly used dress shirts and slacks. I wondered if there was a place in town where clothing like this could go, sort of like Dress For Success, but for men.
Working Gear is a men's Dress for Success type of organization opening its doors in Vancouver's downtown eastside. Our goal is to ensure that men of modest means wanting to head back into the labour force don't face the barrier of lack of appropriate clothing.
One set of barriers that unemployed men in the Vancouver downtown and downtown eastside continue to face is work appropriate clothing. For the unemployed men wanting needing suits or jackets for job interviews, the lack of business appropriate clothing is a challenge. Likewise, for men wanting to move into construction and labour work, the lack of work gloves, steel toe work boots or other working gear may prevent them from being allowed to even walk onto a construction site to enquire about a job.
Working Gear is a non-profit agency operating in the downtown eastside that matches unemployed men up with appropriate work clothing to assist them to move back into the paid labour force. Our overhead is very low, but our ambitions are great! Our goal is to try and reduce or eliminate systematic barriers that stand between motivated workers and paid employment.
If you are interested in donating spare used clothing, or volunteering your time and energy, please drop us a line. Likewise, if you are interested in hooking up some working gear, check us out at workinggear.ca or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are your closets overflowing with men's 'business casual' or 'construction appropriate' clothing?If so….
We would like to help you reduce your clutter, and in the process, you will help unemployed men in the Vancouver downtown area get the clothes they need for job interviews or to find work in the construction industry.
Last September, I started posting my goal to find a full-time job on this site. To achieve my goal, I uprooted myself from Vancouver to Calgary. Throughout October, I was busy adjusting to the new city and sending numerous resumes . I kept on doing these tasks until the end of the year.
In the first week of January, I got my first phone call for a job interview. The organization was Comox Strathcona Regional District in Courtenay, BC. I was excited and went to my first, and hopefully my last, job interview. After two agonizing two weeks of waiting for the news, I received the call that I was one of the two successful applicants for the job.