Posted on November 2020
What does it take to excel as a manager? You might say adaptability, flexibility, positivity, persistence, and a strong work ethic. The target of our employee spotlight, Shelly Parker, has all of those traits in spades. Shelly sets an example for her co-workers to model; she’s punctual, hardworking, a true leader, and a valuable member of the Morson team.
Here’s what Operations Manager, Eric Goodman, had to say about working with Shelly:
"Shelly has been a key member of the Morson team since its inception back in 2006. She has worn many different hats over the years, and she goes above and beyond in her role. She provides both our clients and contractors with an exceptional level of customer service and always with a big smile on her face. It is an absolute pleasure working with Shelly."
We asked Shelly to answer some pressing questions on her role at Morson Canada, what a typical day in her work life is like, and her advice for anyone looking for a job right now.
1. How did you start working for Morson Canada and how long have you been here?
I started working with Morson when it was acquired from my previous employer, CTS North America. I am the General Manager and have been with the company for 15 years.
2. What is your favourite part of working at a recruitment company?
My favourite part is meeting new people and assisting them in finding a job that suits their skill set and experience. It is important that both the candidate and client are happy and satisfied with each other so that their goals are achieved. A win-win situation for both.
3. What are some challenges you face?
We are constantly changing in response to our clients’ needs and have created a project component to our business. Another exciting challenge was contributing to the setup of a Project Office in Kincardine in response to our client’s needs. Also, keeping up to date with rapidly changing aspects of COVID and responding to our client’s requirements.
4. What does a typical workday look like?
I am responsible for issuing contracts and onboarding documents to Morson contractors. I call them to review these onboarding documents so they are comfortable with them and the process. I support them throughout their contract with any questions or concerns and follow up with them periodically as part of the MORCare Program. It is important to give this role a “personal touch” and they really appreciate it.
I participate daily on a “Microsoft Teams” call reviewing current jobs that we are recruiting for. This ensures the whole team has a picture of the priorities for the day and we can discuss items for clarity and efficiency.
I actively participate in the Nuclear Business Development team and join frequent “Microsoft Teams” calls. I am the SPOC for this team, identifying contractors looking for work in nuclear that meet the requirements of our clients.
I attend various industry events such as OCNI, CNA, Women In Nuclear (WiN) open houses as well as participate in Habitat for Humanity builds, etc. These events allow me to meet new people (potential clients) and identify opportunities where Morson can provide skilled and experienced workers.
5. What is one piece of advice you would give to someone looking for a job right now?
Make sure you have a cover letter for the specific job that you are applying for. Be sure to include details from your research of their website and indicate details of why the company appeals to you. Try to talk with people who work at the company to help you understand the job.
6. What associations do you belong to?
I am a member of Women In Nuclear (WiN), a worldwide association of individuals focusing on women working in various fields of nuclear energy and radiation application. WiN’s vision is to make the public aware, especially women, of the benefits of nuclear and radiation applications and of the safety that ensures protection of the public and the environment.
7. What do you do for fun outside of work?
I enjoy daily exercise and power walks, weekend camping, and attending country music jamborees. I really enjoy spending time with my grandson, Spencer, who is 2 years old. I fundraise and participate yearly in Hike for Hospice raising money for the Huron Shores Hospice in Tiverton.
We thank Shelly for her extraordinary effort and commitment to Morson Canada. She is truly an asset to our team, and we appreciate her!