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Manitoba company tailors shifts around employees

It’s hard to fit stay-at-home moms into a regular workday shift. So Colleen Dyck decided to make the workday fit the moms.

“At first it seems like a little bit of a headache to design our shifts this way … but we found our employees were incredibly grateful, incredibly happy,” said Dyck, who founded the GORP “clean energy bar” company in Niverville, Man.

“If I want to access them and have them be part of our group, I have to be able to accommodate them.”

Dyck has organized her plant’s production to fit inside the hours that a mom can work during the school day.

“A lot of stay-at-home-moms don’t want to find day care to do before and after school so that they can just get some extra pocket money a couple of times a week,” Dyck said during Keystone Agricultural Producers’ annual meeting Jan. 27.

On the flip side, Dyck found that stay-at-home moms were keen to work during school hours when they were free.

“There’s camaraderie, there’s extra pocket cash, it’s just an easy way to be part of the community. It can be really hard to be staying at home all the time.”

As a result, the workday is planed around when moms can be there. Available shifts are posted and the workers sign up for the ones they want. That way nothing is too formal and the moms’ primary commitment is still to their kids.

“If they’ve got a school trip they want to go on, they can go on it. If they’ve got things they want to volunteer for, they can do it.”

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