We’ve partnered with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s SME Institute to bring you 3 highly-curated programs to help small and medium-sized businesses adapt, grow, and thrive. This is a rare opportunity where SkillsCamp will offer live programs open to the public.

What is the SME Institute?

We need you to thrive.

Small and medium-sized businesses make up the backbone of our country, but face your own series of challenges when it comes to talent. You need good talent, but often don’t have the capacity or money to spend on large, in-house, tailored learning departments. That’s where we come in, in partnership with the SME Institute.

The SME Institute from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is a one-stop shop for services and resources tailored exclusively to small businesses of all sizes, maturity and sectors. They are a community of partners, mentors and peers who are committed to the collective success of SMEs. The SME Institute connects SMEs to the tools, insights, people and training they need to help their businesses adapt, grow and thrive!



The New World of Work: ‘Re-boarding’ Teams to Thrive in the New Normal

Across all industries, the world of work continues to change a rapid pace. While some things have gone back to the way they were before the pandemic, many things are permanently different, creating a “new normal” for us all. In this wake, many SMEs have had to figure out how they will recruit and engage their teams moving forward, how they will attract and onboard new talent, and how they will “re-board” existing employees to the way things are now. In this program, we will help you understand the defining traits of this new world of work and help you think through what your team/organization can do to stay successful and keep good people. We will cover topics such as re-boarding your teams for success, teaching the right soft skills for wellbeing and team collaboration, and communicating in hybrid/remote setups. Altogether, this program will have you feeling confident about the current state of talent retention, secure in your chosen direction, determined to make changes once you leave, and equipped with the skills and knowledge to do so. You will walk away from this program having participated in interactive examples and experiential case studies. You will get to hear from peers in similar situations and walk away with your personalized action plan for Thriving in the New Normal!

  • Understand the current landscape of talent recruitment, engagement, and retention, post-pandemic
  • Explain how intergenerational differences in workplace expectations are effecting your team or organization
  • Define strategies for success in hybrid and remote settings
  • Think through and produce a plan for wellbeing work in your team/organization
  • Implement practical team-building strategies and exercises for more engaged employees
  • Produce and act on your plan for re-boarding your employees

Wellbeing in the Modern Workplace: Wellbeing’s Connection to Talent Retention, Productivity, & Happiness

Stress has been called the “health epidemic of the 21st century” by the World Health Organization and is estimated to cost Canadian businesses up to $16 billion a year due to absenteeism, lost productivity, and burnout. While this impacts every part of our physical, social, and psychological selves, there is also a strong business case for helping your people be well. In today’s fast-paced and ever-changing world, people have felt the effects of the last few years. Talent are now demanding employers have an understanding and plan to mange employee wellness. This is where we come in to help you. In this course, we will explore wellbeing as a talent attraction and retention strategy, but also how to create workplace environments that foster employee wellbeing and reduce burnout. We will cover strategies for even the smallest of teams and digital wellbeing as well Ultimately, you will learn how to keep your employees effective and happy so that you can keep creating great work together, sustainably, for a long time. You will walk away from this program having participated in interactive examples and experiential case studies. You will have worked on your own wellbeing and deciphered how to translate that over to your teams. You will get to hear from peers in similar situations and walk away with your personalized action plan for Thriving in the New Normal!

  • Communicate the connection between wellbeing and the bottom line and the negative consequences of stress on yourself, your employees, and your business.
  • Identify your specific stress driver (of five) and how to manage it (as well as how to do this for your team
  • Implement strategies to prevent and reduce impact of stress and burnout
  • Guide others on learning their stress and developing appropriate coping strategies for their personality
  • Understand the impacts of technology and digital on our wellbeing and create a digital wellbeing plan for your organization
  • Clearly define your organization’s wellbeing offerings and communicate them in future recruitment and retention initiatives

Skills to Thrive for New & Early Talent: Attract & Retain Early Talent With the Right Soft Skills

For the first time in history, we have 4 generations in the workplace at the same time and while age is an important factor if our identities and workplace expectations, diversity conversation, it is often ignored in business conversations. New and early talent, which is most often younger people, come with new perspectives and expectations of their employers. In order to attract and retain these rising generations, it is important to understand their needs and perspectives and mesh that with your experience and wisdom. It is equally important to have an intentional plan for skill-building with early talent. This will create a mutually beneficial exchange where they can grow and thrive, but also where they can perform effectively for the business. So, how do we motivate newer generations while still reaching our organizational goals? How do we bridge tech divides as the world or work moves to hybrid and remote settings? What skills should we teach them when they join us and what practices should we institute to keep them? All of this and more will be covered in this program. You will walk away having participated in interactive examples and experiential case studies. You will get to hear from peers in similar situations and walk away with your personalized action plan for skill-building for your early talent!

  • Define the key differences in intergenerational expectations of the workplace
  • Prepare your team/organization for incoming generations’ workplace expectations meshed with your own
  • Design a plan for learning in key skills early talent needs (Eg. Resilience, feedback, etc).
  • Implement strategies for creating cultures of feedback and resilience
  • Create an early talent action plan for your team/organization.

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