Archive for July, 2017

It isn’t a contest because we have the same goal.

July 19, 2017 Leave a comment

I had a fall and hurt my back, neck, and hip in April and have been doing physiotherapy since then.  Every day consists of 6 hours exercise and therapy with other people who have hurt themselves in workplace accidents.

Our injuries range from mild to severe and we often talk about our issues at coffee or lunch and while there is some negativity, I have never heard any one-upping when it comes to injuries.  People’s problems are never diminished because regardless of how easy or hard things are, we’re all in the position of being unable to work and trying to change that.


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Why hire a veteran?

July 19, 2017 Leave a comment

A story about veterans struggling to find satisfying work after leaving the Armed Forces came up in my social media feed.  There were comments about some military trades having no application anywhere else and this idea that you needed a pile of relevant training to have a career.  I felt compelled to comment on it as well and expand on it here.

Let’s start with what a career is.  I believe that a career is work of any type that will be long term, pay the bills, and possibly provide opportunities for advancement provided you have the aptitude.  I believe this is the essence of what we all want in our work lives.  It doesn’t have to lead to a corner office and that’s fine because most careers don’t.

I know more than a few veterans but my experience in having them work under me in industry is limited to just three.  Their relevant technical skills ranged from zero to intimidating but they all had these things in common:

  • They could take instructions.
  • They could give/pass on those instructions to others.
  • They could think for themselves.
  • They could stick to a procedure when it was necessary.
  • They were punctual.

There was more but these are the biggies.  Think about that and how rare these qualities truly are.  Think about that:  Each of these guys showed up on time and I could give them a job to do in a specific way and they would do it.  If constraints prevent them from doing it the way I asked they applied a little critical thought to determine if they could work around the problem or needed to get assistance.  If I sent someone to help them they effectively put their help to work.  Nice.

When you hire someone with a degree you can make assumptions about literacy, numeracy, and research skills regardless of their field.  Those bullet points are what I assume a veteran can do regardless of their trade.  There are other transferable skills for certain but these are the big common ones I noticed.

Of course there are screw-ups in every line of work and there is no guarantee someone will be a good fit for working with you but if the qualities I talked about are important to you then take a closer look at any veterans among your candidates.

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Don’t pretend I have a choice.

July 13, 2017 Leave a comment

I hurt myself a while back and have been going to physical rehab for a while now.  I just started at a new clinic and was filling out paperwork that included a number of points that included an emphatic reminder that I was free to refuse to take part in the programme and leave at any time.  What is unspoken is that while you’re free to leave, leaving will probably mean your compensation payments stop.

When I talked to the lady at the clinic about this she said that I ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE so I put this question to her:  If she had a gun and cornered someone on a bridge and gave them the choice to either stay on the bridge and get shot or jump in the river and take their chances, was that a free choice?

I technically have a choice but since I need the money, in practical terms, I don’t.  Don’t get me wrong:  I’m grateful for my compensation money and my experience with WorksafeBC  has been almost entirely positive;  decisions haven’t always been what I wanted but 100% of my dealings with WorksafeBC have been positive and respectful.  Let’s just not pretend I have the luxury of refusing.  I am a good boy and will happily jump off that bridge.

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