Worker Finds Fulfilment Helping People
The EMBERS Staffing Solutions Employee of the Month program is made possible by our friends at Home Depot. They supply winners with $100 worth of tools and equipment to help them on their journey to becoming economically self-sufficient.
Jim is EMBERS Staffing Solutions top pick for the September Employee of the Month award. After presenting him with his award, we sat down to chat with Jim and to learn about his experience with our temporary staffing agency.
What brought you to EMBERS?
I am self-employed as a consultant who helps people think out and optimize their business, and my office is in the common area outside of EMBERS. I was sitting out in the common room, and Chris asked me if I wanted to work as a general labourer for an event. That’s how it started. Now I am a flagger for EMBERS Staffing Solutions and a Park Steward with EMBERS Eastside Works. I’ve now been with EMBERS for the past three months.
What is a Park Steward and how did you land that job?
As a Park Steward at EMBERS Eastside Works, I am a team leader. I help keep the park clean, troubleshoot and fill in for people who don’t show up. I attended a workshop at Eastside Works about the Park Stewardship program and was asked to go to the next one. Then they offered me this job as a team leader. I enjoy this role because I can solve problems in real time.
What do you tell people when they ask you about EMBERS?
EMBERS is a low barrier job placement agency that can give you training to help you get higher pay. Also, the staff are really helpful and offer nice treats on cheque day.
How have you benefited from working at EMBERS?
EMBERS offers a bunch of challenges like puzzles that I think I’ve solved. Working at EMBERS is like a hockey game: at the end, you know how well you did. At the end of a flagging shift, if no one gets killed or hurt, it’s a good day. If you kept the park open and clean at the end of your shift, that’s a pretty good day. It’s a pretty simple thing. A job has a clear beginning and an end, and I appreciate the certainty. EMBERS gives me the opportunity to help people in different ways.