Welcome to
Genesis
|Onboarding.

This web link will tell you everything you need to know to become an effective part of this team quickly and easily.

Congratulations!

We are excited to have you as part of our team. You were hired because we believe you can contribute to the success of our business, and share our commitment to achieving our goals as stated in our mission statement. Genesis Woodworks is committed to quality and unparalleled customer service in all aspects of our business. As part of the team, we hope you will discover that the pursuit of excellence is a rewarding aspect of your career here. This employee handbook contains the key policies, goals, benefits, and expectations of Genesis, and other information you will need.

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Our Mission.

"We offer a wide variety of Landscape Carpentry, servicing landscape companies in the GTA. We promise quality and professionalism at every turn."

History

We’ve grown from a two-man, one-truck operation to a sustainable business that’s the pride and joy of over 10 full time employees. We are committed to our employees and are focused on making Genesis the best place to work.

Established 2010
Rebranded 2018

Guiding Values

  1. All Personal Protective Equipment must be worn at all appropriate times. (Hard hats, safety footwear, safety glasses and hearing protectors.)
  2. Harnesses and lifelines must be used where no other form of protection from falling is available.
  3. Tools are to be used for their intended purposes only.
  4. Always seek assistance when lifting heavy materials.
  5. Do not engage in any unnecessary running or rough and rowdy conduct.
  6. Debris and garbage must be removed from work area daily.
  7. No cell phone use while driving, as an exception workers may use headsets or other hands-free devices.

Health & Safety Committee

Kyle Vanandel

Worker Rep

Brendon Lodder

Management Co-Chair

Maddie Vanandel

Management Co-Chair

These are the members of your Joint Health & Safety Committee.
You can talk to them about any concerns you may have regarding safety.

Incident and Violence/Harassment Reports

In case of any incidents or upon identifying any violent behaviour/concerns follow these steps to report the incident:

  1. Fill out the Workplace Violence/Harassment Report.
  2. Ensure that a copy is handed in to the Health and Safety Representative.
  3. The Health and Safety Representative will review all forms.
  4. Any concerns will be reviewed and addressed with Management.
  5. Management will reply to the representative or the correct authorities

What do you wear?

Show up in your CSA approved steel toe boots and we’ll supply your GENESIS t-shirts and sweaters! You will receive 3 shirts, 1 sweater, and a cap. If you require more clothing we will meet you halfway. You’ll be given ear plugs, safety glasses, fall arrest equipment and a hard hat before arriving at the job site. Black plants (jeans or kakis) are required and please bring your tool belt.

On your first few days

So you’ve gone through the interview process, you’ve signed the contracts, and you’re finally here at GENESIS. Congratulations, and welcome! Now What? Genesis has an incredibly unique way of doing things that will make this the greatest professional experience of your life, but it can take some getting used to. Ask all the questions, that's what we all did.

Here’s a few good tips to get started:

Be a Sponge
One of your most important duties your first week is absorbing everything. Get to know GENESIS’s culture, the working and communication styles of your teammates, the product and projects, and company-wide goals.

Ask Questions
As you learn about new processes, projects, and products, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up We hold monthly Safety Talks on topics that our Employees pick. Don’t be afraid to share or speak up, make suggestions and ask for help if you need it. Everyone’s voice is valued here!

Hours

A typical day at GENESIS starts at the shop at 7am. Crews load up and head to their job sites, wrapping up around 5pm.

We try not to work Saturday’s because we know you have a life and would like to live it! We value employee’s commitment to GENESIS but we are also committed to YOU.

Hour bank Program
50-60 hours in summer
35 - 40 hours in the winter

Technical Details

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We use Basecamp for all communication - each job has a channel and all related documents and questions stay organized this way. You will be invited to join GENESIS’s group and there you will find relevant files, group chats, and schedules.

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Timesheets are to be submitted at the end of EACH day using the app T-Sheets. You will be invited to join the GENESIS group by your supervisor.

Cellphone

You will use your cellphone for tracking timesheets, job records, blueprints, etc. Foreman are provided a phone for business purposes (3.5gb usage is sufficient for company work, any usage above is charged back to employee as per the Technology Agreement)

Have a look around at our website to see the type of work we love to do! You can also follow our instagram and facebook pages. You might even show up on there one day.

Payroll Details

Payroll is paid out via direct deposit bi-weekly. If you have any payroll-related questions be sure to talk to your supervisor or email
jordan@genesiswoodworks.ca

Attendance
To maintain a safe and productive work environment, the Company expects employees to be reliable and to be punctual in reporting for scheduled work. Absenteeism and tardiness place a burden on other employees and on the Company. In the rare instances when employees cannot avoid being late to work or are unable to work as scheduled, they should notify their supervisor as soon as possible in advance of the anticipated tardiness or absence.

Poor attendance and excessive tardiness are disruptive. Either may lead to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

Vacation Requests

Vacation requests are to be sent in writing via email to Jordan
jordan@genesiswoodworks.ca

Vacation requests for during the month July and August must be booked by March and are at the discretion of the company.

FAQs

Career Growth
When?
  • Done at time of Probationary Review.
  • Done annually close to date of hire.
  • If need be a Performance Improvement Plan.
How?
  • You will be asked to fill out a Self Evaluation.
  • A Manager Review will be filled out on you.
  • It will be assigned to you by HR.
  • Performance review meeting will be scheduled.
Where?
  • The performance will be evaluated with HR and your manager present.
Benefits
When?
  • You will benefit following the successful completion of your probation.
How?
  • HR will follow up for you to sign up for our benefits plan.
Salary
When?
  • Wage reviews are conducted annually.
How?
  • They are conducted a week or two following the performance review.
Where?
  • You will walk through your Wage Review with HR.

Housekeeping

Please keep our work shop and company vehicles/trailers neat. All power tools and extension cords are to be kept tidy throughout the working day (ie: no tripping hazards, etc).

Termination

We have a 3 step discipline Policy:

  1. Verbal Warning
  2. Written Warning
  3. Suspension or Termination

Please note: Warnings are intended to give workers the opportunity to correct their actions. Serious offences or obvious violations of the safety program or the OHSA and regulations are grounds for immediate suspension or termination. Please reach out to jordan@genesiswoodworks.ca if you have any HR questions

Please read and complete this form
to complete your orientation

On-Boarding Form

That's it!

Welcome to the team, we're all pumped to have you!

- The GENESIS team -

Any Further Questions?

We would be happy to answer any questions you might have while navigating through your orientation.

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