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Employee Update

August 23, 2006

Holiday
Friday September 1, 2006 will be a paid holiday in lieu of August 7, 2006 (Civic Holiday).

Monday September 4, 2006 is a paid holiday(Labor Day)

Just a reminder to all eligible employees that you must work your full shift the day before and after the holiday. (All employees with an approved time off must still work their regularly scheduled shift the day before and after the requested time off.) Thank you for your patience and understanding through this difficult time.

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday!

August 23, 2006

Just a short note to thank everyone once again for their continued hard work and persistence. This is a difficult time for everyone and we want to offer any assistance possible. Please find below a short article taken from The Work-Life Employee Assistance Program from RBC Insurance.

Reducing stress on the job
In order to lower your stress levels and increase your job satisfaction, keep the following in mind:

  • Take charge of your situation. To the extent that this is possible, set and re-set priorities. Take care of important and difficult tasks first. Organize your time to be more effective.
  • Be realistic about what you can change. Set realistic and attainable goals, do what's possible. Accept the rest.
  • Take one task at a time. Divide each large project into smaller manageable tasks. Make a list of everything which needs to be done and the approximate time for finishing each task. Prioritize the tasks. Complete the first task, then go on to the next one. Keep the tasks small until you are feeling a sense of accomplishment and control.
  • Be honest with colleagues. This includes the boss. Make it plain that you feel in a bind. Chances are that others are feeling the same. Don't just complain. Be constructive and make practical suggestions for improvements.
  • Let your employer help. Many companies help their employees deal with the effects of stress through their Employee Assistance Program (EAP), corporate fitness programs, or special clinics for diet, smoking, and alcohol.
  • Slow down. Learn to say "no." Drop activities that are not crucial.
  • Recognize danger signs of job stress. Learn the symptoms of job stress and take action as soon as they appear to be getting out of hand.
  • Take care of your physical health. Good physical health increases tolerance to stress. Eat and sleep sensibly. Get plenty of exercise. Cut down or eliminate alcohol, tobacco, and drugs which alter regular body rhythms of sleep.
  • Learn to relax. Find a safety valve, whether it is a sport, hobby, music, reading, or just walking. Use it to create a "bridge" between work and home life.
  • Don't neglect your private life. Work out a schedule which allows you to do justice to both work and personal life.
  • Carefully evaluate your job and its relationship to your goals. Does your job maintain or enhance your life goals and desires? If not, it may be time to carefully consider other options. Although a last resort, perhaps there's another job that would be a better fit for you. If finances or other circumstances will not allow you to consider this, you might choose to concentrate on your personal life. If home life is more productive, more stimulating, and more fun, it can take some of the sting out of a stressful work situation.

MAugust 07, 2006

Phone lines are still unavailable at our Mold Shop location (466 Silver Creek Industrial Dr.) We anticipate service connections during the week of Aug. 7-11. Phone number will remain the same 519-727-4255.

Currently all calls continue routing to our Paint facility. Unfortunately there are only 2 lines available at this location so it remains very busy.

Calls are currently being made for employment at several facilities in our area. Positions have been arising at very short notice and we will make every effort to contact you for return to work options.

Again, we would like to thank all members of our group for their support and continued committment. Together as a team will we will remain strong.

Our total employees returned to regular/modified positions: 103

July 31, 2006

We would like to thank everyone for their support and will make every effort to keep you up to date.