Diversified Rehabilitation Group partners with FIOSA-MIOSA to expand Health Services to BC Manufacturers and Food Processors

 (Chilliwack, BC) – The FIOSA-MIOSA Safety Alliance of BC is proud to announce Diversified Rehabilitation Group Inc., Workplace Health and Wellness Provider, (Diversified) as a Platinum sponsor of the organization as well as the BC Safety Charter initiative. FIOSA-MIOSA looks forward to promoting the health and wellness services offered by Diversified as they complement the Safety Services and Training already delivered by FIOSA-MIOSA to their members throughout the province of British Columbia.

“We are very excited to have Diversified on board to support our continued goal of providing comprehensive Health & Safety services to our members” said Chris Webber, Director of Operations and Marketing for FIOSA-MIOSA. “Going forward we will rely on the qualified Diversified staff for their expertise in physical and psychological disabilities when making referrals to our membership.”

Diversified  will be prominently featured at upcoming FIOSA-MIOSA events including the annual “Make-IT-Safe” conference on October 27th and 28th at the Delta Burnaby Hotel & Conference Centre.

FIOSA-MIOSA Safety Alliance of BC, based in Chilliwack BC, is the Health and Safety association for BC Manufacturers and Food Processors and provides services and training to over 2,000 member companies.

Diversified, headquartered in Kelowna with subsidiary branches in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Vernon and Penticton, provides leadership and expertise in Disability Management Services, Return- to- Work Services and Employee and Family Assistance Programs, in the province of British Columbia.

Is your company a leader in innovation?

FIOSA-MIOSA is proud to be the Health & Safety Association for some of the most innovative companies in the world. We don’t want you to miss an opportunity to be recognized for your achievements and invite you to nominate your company for the 2nd Annual Surrey Board of Trade innovation Awards.
The Surrey Innovation Awards celebrates, educates, and connects innovators across all industries by Surrey businesses AND helps make Surrey a recognized hub of innovation by igniting a new narrative for our city, strengthening its economic future and building the spirit of innovation.
“It is Surrey’s innovative companies that will meet the challenges of the new economy, expanding opportunity in this great city and improving lives around the globe”
– Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade
For more information on the nomination process please visit businessinsurrey.com/surrey-innovation-awards or download the nomination form PDF.
Nomination Deadline: Friday, August 21, 2015
Best of luck to our top innovators!

Brian Scudamore: Business is All About People

BC Safety Charter signatory Brian Scudamore, Founder and CEO 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, You Move Me and WOW 1 DAY Painting is recognized as one of Canada’s leading entrepreneurs.

Winner of many leadership awards including The Globe and Mail’s Top 40 under 40,Fortune Small Business Best Bosses Award and a three-time winner of the Best Company To Work For award, Brian has built his business by investing in people with vision and the right attitude.

After 5 years in business Brian faced a hurdle that was impeding the further growth of his junk removal business: his employees. In a bold move that catapulted his business onto a path of future success, Brian fired all of his staff and started over.

“Business is all about people: finding the right people and treating them right. You’ve got to spend time with your people, care about them, understand what motivates them and show them how they fit into the vision.”
Brian Scudamore

The turning point for 1-800-GOT-JUNK? came as Brian rebuilt his business from the ground up with people who were personable, understood his vision and shared his passion. This freed Brian to pursue a direction of sustainability in his business including environmental stewardship (1-800-GOT-JUNK? recycles or donates 61% of everything they collect, keeping an estimated 2 billion pounds of junk out of landfills) and investing in his employees.

In addition to offering 5 weeks of vacation to all employees, maternity leave top-up payments and flexible return to work arrangements for new mothers, ongoing employee development with tuition subsidies for courses and professional accreditation, Brian offers a profit-sharing plan that is available to all employees to keep them fresh and motivated.

Brian’s newest endeavor is a commitment to worker safety and a promise to his workforce to make the necessary changes to ensure their well-being. As a proud BC Safety Charter signatory, Brian Scudamore is proving yet again that leadership is an integral part of every organization and investing in the people who make up your company makes great business sense.


The ROI of eLearning

By Lisa McGuire – In a constantly changing world it is only appropriate that we revisit the way we learn. Changes in technology, workplace demands and balancing the need to upgrade skills and training without decreasing productivity has lead to some exciting developments in education.

According to the largest online community of e-Learning professionals, elearningindustry.com, corporations in the United States have reported that e-Learning is now their second most valuable training method. Some of the reasons for this include less operational downtime while employees are training, an increase in topic retention thanks to the “at your own pace” nature of e-Learning and the bottom line savings of not having to travel and pay for expensive in-person instruction.

The world of e-Learning has taken hold across all spectrums of education. From elementary school kids brushing up their math and chemistry skills with the popular Khan Academy, a website that boasts 10M unique monthly users viewing over 2,400+ educational videos, to higher academia where an estimated one in four university students in the United States took at least one distance education course in the Fall of 2012. It is in the private sector, however, where we really start to see an investment in this new learning paradigm.

Companies have found that investments in e-Learning have increased the flexibility of their employees to complete training, improved the retention of course material resulting from the repeatability of the platform, decreased interruption to the routine of their workforce and a reduction in the real dollars spent on travel and training. In fact, companies who utilize e-Learning tools, according to a recent IBM report, have the potential to boost productivity by up to 50%. For every $1 that a company spends on e-Learning, IBM’s report estimates they can receive $30 worth of productivity. Bottom line, e-Learning is here to stay.

So it is with excitement and optimism that we present the FM Learning Centre to our members. We have responded to your concerns and made an investment in the future of workplace safety training with a platform that will soon be recognized as the standard for education.

Read the full June 2015 FIOSA-MIOSA Newsletter here.