Team Building: The Why & How

History, present and the future trends of team building activities
The history of team building goes back to the late 1920 and early 1930 with the Hawthorne Studies, which were conducted by Elton Mayo and Fritz Roethlisberger with the workers at the Hawthorne plant of the Western Electric Company, were part of an emphasis on socio-psychological aspects of human behavior in organizations.
In this study, good lighting was shown to increase productivity, as did a few other variables, such as having a clean workstation, allowing employees to build and work in teams, and having regular breaks. It was determined that workers increased their productivity because the presence and interest of the researchers themselves, that had a motivational effect on the workers, providing them with a sense of group identity, a feeling of social support and cohesion.
Team building became very popular in the 1970’s in the United States. There was a boom in team building activities from the mid – to late -1980s, as effectiveness of teams was increasingly recognized by human resources professionals. Today, team building activities are widely recognized as drivers of a company’s success.

Links to Out of Town Camp Jobs

As prepared by Career Link Counsellor Francene Ross

see also: 


Camp Services

First Aid

Oil Field Hauling/Trucking Companies

Site Preparation Companies

Site C Dam:



Northern BC and Alberta Oil & Gas Companies



Join BladeRunners- Extended Deadline!

Please inquire as soon as possible. To discuss becoming a BladeRunner, please contact Sara Beauregard at or call at 604 485-7958.

The new program Start date is January 22 and will run until February 16, 2018

What is BladeRunners?

BladeRunners is one of the most successful youth employment programs in BC. It helps participants with multiple barriers to employment to successfully transition into the workplace. By providing essential certifications and personal guidance, BladeRunners helps to ensure participants have what it takes to get hired.

This session of BladeRunners is geared towards preparing participants for jobs in the service industry. Eligible youth who wish to become employed this summer are strongly encouraged to apply.

What will BladeRunners receive?

  • 4 weeks of classroom-based learning focusing on professional development, skills enhancement, and personal growth
  • WHMIS, Food Safe, World Host, Serving it Right, First Aid (OFA L1) and other workshops and training
  • Possibility of other certifications or necessary pieces of identification as needed
  • Weekly training stipend for attendance
  • Work clothes to help support the cost of entering the workplace
  • Possibility of participating in additional work experience

Who is Eligible?

Unemployed or underemployed youth ages 15-30 who are not students and have not received Employment Insurance in the past 5 years are eligible for BladeRunners. Good candidates for BladeRunners include youth with some of the following barriers and criteria:

o     Lack of experience or education (eg. Non-completion of High School, limited work experience or training)

o     At risk factors (eg. History of substance abuse, single parent issues, contact with justice, homeless or at risk of homelessness)

o     Aboriginal ancestry.


  • The program runs for 4 weeks, The new program Start date is January 22 and will run until February 16, 2018
  • Sessions will be held at Career Link #103, 4511 Marine Avenue, Powell River  V8A 2K5
  • To discuss becoming a BladeRunner, please contact Sara Beauregard at or call at 604 485-7958.

Fast Track to Trades starts Feb 5, 2018

Are you interested in the Trades? We have the program for you!
FAST TRACK TO TRADES: 6-week funded programThis program will prepare At-Risk Youth, Indigenous Peoples and Women for success in entering a trade with employment opportunities locally and across BC. All areas of training are focused on trade-occupations preparation, which includes Essential Skills, Employability Skills and five industry certifications.

Financial assistance, such as funded training and child care & transportation subsidies may be available for eligible participants. Possible tuition funding in upcoming Trades Programs.

Start date Monday, February 5, 2018.  For more information, please contact us at 604-485-2878.



Family Literacy Day 2018


By Melany Hallam

January 27 is Family Literacy Day. You may not think it has anything to do with you as a person searching for work in Powell River, but literacy is more than just learning how to read and write. “Literacy” helps you learn new skills and increase your earning potential at work and can help you adapt to change.

According to ABC Life Literacy Canada (, there are nine essential life literacy skills that will help you get a job or get promoted at work. It’s all about being practical. These skills are:

  1. This may seem obvious, but it can mean anything from reading instructions for operating tools safely, to skim reading long reports for facts which may be important to a client’s welfare (in the case of a social worker or medical worker, for example).
  2. Document use. This can mean simple things such as reading and interpreting signs, labels, lists, graphs and charts, and can also be important to your safety at work.
  3. Numeracy. This is important in any workplace where math is used in measuring, estimating materials in construction or ordering supplies for a small business, scheduling yourself or employees, budgeting, checking your credit card and bank statements, and so much more.
  4. Writing. I can’t stress enough how important written communication can be to your work life. I’ve seen so many misunderstandings happen due to an email written in haste and sent without proofreading. Being able to get ideas on paper (or record and send them electronically to others via email or text) is essential to communicating effectively with co-workers, clients and managers. The purpose of written communication could be anything from organizing the delivery of supplies, to promoting your business or applying for your dream job.
  5. Verbal communication. Good verbal communication can also make your work life much easier. It’s an important way of avoiding misunderstandings, promoting your business services, getting any information that you need to do your job better, and more.
  6. Working with others. I’ve heard people say jokingly that they “don’t play well with others”, as if it’s some kind of badge of honour. I have even occasionally said it myself! However, this is a skill you must develop if you want to work effectively as a member of a team or even become a manager or business owner. You can make it infinitely easier to get a job done if people like you and want to help.
  7. This may sound a little obvious, but what this really means is “critical thinking” – for example, not taking every meme you see on FaceBook as truth! It means the ability to solve problems, make decisions, and plan and organize tasks at work.
  8. Computer use. I still meet the occasional person who says that they don’t know how to use computers at all. However, they do send email and texts – pretty much essential skills for anyone these days. Computer skills are also vital in order to operate cash registers, type a letter, find information online and create and modify spreadsheets.
  9. Continuous learning. Learning doesn’t stop when you leave school – whatever level you’ve achieved. Technology and workplaces are changing so fast these days that it’s essential to keep learning throughout your life. This can mean anything from being sent on a training course by your employer in order to advance at work, to getting your first smart phone and learning how to text.

Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities from an early age. Keep an eye out for this year’s events offered by the Powell River Literacy Council here ( It’s never too late to learn.

Success in life starts at home, either with encouragement or with discouragement. Learning to read, write and work with numbers can either help you thrive or it can be a hurdle that you’ll spend your life trying to jump over. Which one will it be for you?


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Coastal Postings: Dec 2017 + Year End Stats by Career Link


December Job Posting Statistics

Total # of jobs posted 77

Total # of positions offered: 88

Accommodations 4
Administration/business support 1
Agriculture/Animals/Agriculture 12
Arts 1
Construction 4
Education 4
Finance 3
Fishing/Processing 2
Food services 6
Health care 15
Other services non-gov’t 13
Public Administration 4
Recreation and Sports 2
Retail Trade 11
Social Assistance 3
Transportation 1
Warehousing 1
Waste Management/Remediation 1

2017 Year in Review: Powell River Job Offerings

Total # of Job Postings in 2017: 1537; Total # of Jobs Offered: 2088

Sector ———————————————-  # of positions offered

Accommodation Service Managers 34
Accounting and Related Clerks 30
Administration/business support 16
Agriculture/animals/aquaculture 28
Arts/Arts Management/Events 7
Automotive 12
Babysitters/Nannies 12
Bookkeepers/Secretarial 38
Cleaners/Laundry 77
Computers/Technicians/Data Entry 12
Construction/Carpentry/Roofing 54
Drivers 19
Education/Counsellors 50
Equipment Operators 22
Finance/Insurance 13
Fishing/hunting 36
Food services/Cooks/Kitchen 530
Forestry 26
Health care 210
Information/Culture 12
Trades/Labourers 86
Landscaping/Horticulture 53
Manufacturing 50
Material Handlers/Movers 37
Mechanics 14
Mining/Quarrying 12
Other services non-gov’t 37
Professional Services 76
Public Administration 14
Real Estate 3
Reception/Hotel Front Desk 32
Recreation and Sports 55
Retail Trade/Cashiers 250
Social Assistance 28
Teachers/Instructors 12
Transportation/Drivers/Taxi/Bus 61
Utilities 14
Warehousing 8
Waste Management/Remediation 8

Canada Summer Jobs Grants-Apply Now! (Deadline Feb 2, 2018)

Hire a Student for the Summer – WAGES COVERED.  Could you use another set of hands for the summer 2018?  Here is a Federal Grant to help pay their wages.

Canada Summer Jobs Grant (CSJ) provides funding to small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees, not-for-profit organizations, and public-sector employers to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year. 

Read more about eligibility and details HERE

APPLY NOW!  DEADLINE: Feb 2nd 2018

Key dates

  • The application deadline is Friday, February 2, 2018.
  • The earliest job start date is Monday, April 23, 2018.
  • The latest job start date is Sunday, July 22, 2018.
  • The latest job end date is Saturday, September 1, 2018.

Career Link’s 2018 Spring JOB FAIR 

Need help finding the student you got a grant to hire this summer? Call us about the Career Link 5th Annual Job Fair  coming this Spring.

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