Ian Martin Celebrates Land Acknowledgement Installation

 

At Ian Martin, we exist to connect people in meaningful work. But as we’ve discovered, before you connect people in meaningful work, you must first connect with them meaningfully. Last Thursday, July 5th marked a new phase of Ian Martin’s engagement with and commitment to Indigenous communities in our local area and across North America.

In the presence of Shannon Monk Payne of Sakatay Global, employees in our office enjoyed a catered lunch from Toronto Indigenous restaurant NishDish, made tobacco ties, smudged, drummed, sang, and unveiled a beautiful land acknowledgement statement that now adorns the wall when you walk into our headquarters in Oakville, Ontario. The acknowledgement reads:

The headquarters of the Ian Martin Group is located on the traditional territory and treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the New Credit. This sacred land is part of the Dish With One Spoon wampum covenant between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas, and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share, care for, and protect the lands and resources around the Great Lakes. Subsequent Indigenous Nations and Peoples, Europeans, and all newcomers have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship, and respect. We are grateful to work in the community on this territory and recognize our shared responsibility to honour the truth of the land and its treaties while strengthening our relationships with Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island. 

For the past four months, a group of employees from Ian Martin embarked on a learning journey with Shannon Monk Payne to build our cultural confidence and awareness with Indigenous communities. Since much of our work is in the oil and gas sector, and since stewardship is a principal value of our organization, this initiative perfectly marries our triple bottom line of people, planet, profit. We have a duty to respect the original stewards of the land upon which we live and work; it is not only the first step towards reconciliation, but it is a step further along our  company mission to break down barriers to meaningful employment.

Land acknowledgements are becoming status quo in some organizations, but we are committed to going above and beyond the writing on the wall. Ian Martin has built a business culture steeped in open, honest, and meaningful engagement that seeks to change the way business is done. As such, we want to go beyond simply unveiling these words and having them rest on our walls. We want to live through these words with an enlivened commitment to engage meaningfully with Indigenous nations to foster mutually beneficial partnerships based on trust, accountability, and respect.

To realize this commitment, we have accompanied this land acknowledgement with a series of internal and external action plans to break down barriers Indigenous peoples face and join forces with our local Indigenous communities to realize more meaningful employment for more people. Ian Martin is also part of the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Engagement Committee, which works in partnership with Bruce Power and Ontario Power Generation, as well as Canadian nuclear suppliers, to increase Indigenous representation and opportunity in Canadian business. We have committed to partnering with a local Indigenous organization as part of our newly developed Meaningful Work Foundation. We have established connections and will foster relationships with the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, upon whose traditional lands our headquarters operates. We will be rolling out an Indigenous cultural training program to all our employees. We have established our own Indigenous engagement task force to hold ourselves accountable and to keep improving on our goals. Still, there is much work to be done.

May this mark the beginning of a new journey forward not only to open doors for more people in meaningful work, but to open more doors of understanding and meaning in our commitments to the communities with which we share this land.

How You Can Tackle Houston’s Labor Shortage Head On

A recent article in Barron’s, “The Great Labor Crunch,” offers some pretty telling statistics about the talent crisis facing the U.S. right now, including:

“…with the economy in its ninth year of growth and another baby boomer retiring every nine seconds, the labor crunch is about to get much worse.”

“From 2017 to 2027, the nation faces a shortage of 8.2 million workers … the most substantial shortfall in at least 50 years.”

This labor shortage is even more severe in Texas. In the article, an operations manager from a Permian Basin oil company says, “It’s an emergency, a crisis actually. It’s causing major delays,” and goes on to add that he has never had such trouble finding and retaining good employees. His company now offers signing bonuses to workers that sign noncompete clauses to help improve retention.

The good news is that signing bonuses aren’t the only way to compete for talent during a labor shortage. Ian Martin has been helping companies source contract and full-time employees since 1957. Over that time, we’ve helped hundreds of companies thrive through labor shortages. Here are three of our surefire ways to rise above the competition when there is a war for talent going on in your city.

1. Stop posting job openings—start MARKETING them.

Want your company’s open positions to stand out from the competition on job boards? Think about the factors that matter most to potential employees and make these points the focus of your job ad. This blog post offers some easy tips on how to elevate your job ads.

2. Reach for the passive candidate goldmine.

It’s no longer good enough to post an opening on a job board and cross your fingers. According to LinkedIn research, 60 percent of the total candidate pool is passive. That means they aren’t looking for a new job but may be very open to offers.

Our Hiring Experts can help your company tap into this valuable pool of qualified talent. And check out this blog post for some creative suggestions for finding new ways to connect with passive candidates.

3. Treat your salaried AND contract employees in a way that makes them want to stay.

Keeping existing employees engaged reduces the chance of them leaving. Contract employees who feel like they aren’t treated as well as salaried peers may feel disengaged and opt for an opportunity with a different company.

Ian Martin’s Contractor Success Team increases retention and return rates of contract employees. Each contractor has access to a dedicated support team that is 100% focused on addressing any issues that arise related to their employment. Whether it’s a question about payroll, expense reimbursement, holiday time or income tax, Ian Martin contractors know that help is only a phone call, text, or email away.

Would you like more advice on how your company can come out on top in Houston’s job seeker’s market? As one of North America’s leading technical recruitment and project staffing firms, Ian Martin has an extensive network of over 500,000 talented candidates.

Get in touch with one of our Hiring Experts.

What Can an Engineering Staffing Agency Really Do for Me?

The hiring process is an opportunity for the best hiring managers to shine at what they do best. Whether you need a short-term employee to finish off an important project or want to enlist a permanent, full-time engineer, you’ll still face plenty of obstacles before you find the perfect fit for your organization. It’s difficult enough to find the right technical workers, but hiring them before other companies scoop them up can seem impossible. 

If you’re in need of a staffing boost, you should consult an engineering recruitment agency. These firms have connections and industry knowledge that help them interact with the best talent in your industry. As a result, they can be invaluable resources during your recruitment process. 

Still, many hiring managers refuse to work with these companies out of principle. They believe they should be able to recruit new professionals on their own. Unfortunately, this misguided conviction usually results in longer hiring processes and more expenditure. Read on to find out how an engineering staffing agency can help you avoid these pitfalls.

It Helps You Find More Versatile Engineers

Versatility is valuable in today’s engineering industry. A technical worker with a limited skillset can be a liability in a project-based environment. You need a professional with a breadth of knowledge who can adapt to new challenges with ease. Unfortunately, finding these candidates on your own isn’t an easy feat. 

The task gets easier when you work with an engineering staffing agency. These firms often have connections with professionals who have performed contract work with a variety of firms. As a result, they possess the broad knowledge you need to complete a variety of tasks. You can either hire these workers on full-time, or simply sign them to short-term contracts.

It Helps You Prioritize the Right Traits

Hiring managers may know the qualifications a certain role requires, but what about the temperament? For example, engineers can’t afford to be uncommunicative or withdrawn if they work with a team of other technical workers. You need to gauge whether a candidate will fit well within their required role, and that’s not something you can glean from a resume and a few interviews.

Engineering staffing agencies help hire hundreds of technical workers every year. Their professionals know how to read candidates’ characteristics, and they can predict whether they have the necessary soft skills for a role. This can help you find employees who are natural fits with your organization.

It Connects You with Top Talent

Sometimes, hiring managers miss opportunities to set themselves up for success. They want to find the best candidates for a given position, but then they only use job postings and advertisements to publicize their vacancy. Unfortunately, the best engineers are usually gainfully employed, so they don’t actively scour these resources.

You need to find a way to reach these passive candidates if you want your hiring efforts to succeed. An engineering staffing agency can help you. These firms network extensively with technical workers in a range of industries. As a result, they’re usually connected with some of the brightest talent in your field. The right recruiter can put you in touch with these professionals, which will help you hire more prestigious personnel.

It Speeds up Your Hiring Process

A slow hiring process benefits no one: delays create excessive expenditures for hiring managers, and they frustrate potential candidates. Engineering staffing agencies understand this problem. They work hard to help their clients minimize hiring time. As a result, engineering companies can save a substantial amount of money if they work with a recruiter.

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