Understanding the issues and engaging in a dialogue underlie every social and economic change. The open and transparent communications that result from the training sessions given by the Fondation de la formation économique of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ are therefore drivers of change. This is especially the case in the way workers perceive the role they can play to ensure the longevity, if not the growth, of the company that employs them and thereby contribute to protecting, maintaining and creating jobs.
The basic premise
If employees better understand the real issues facing the company, they will more easily be part of the solution. Their creativity, their knowledge and their experience will be drawn upon in all the departments of the company, such as sales and marketing, production and human resources.
An integral part of our mission
This understanding must go beyond the mere knowledge of the company’s financial issues. Employees must also be aware of organizational and extra-financial issues: what are the major challenges the company must face to operate in its market? The economic impact of a company on its environment and its community, which involves in particular protecting or creating jobs, forms the basis of its success.
Contributing to Québec’s economic development through strategic investments that benefit both workers and companies alike is at the core of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ’s mission. This is why offering training to workers so that they can increase their influence on the economic development is also an integral part of the socio-economic mission of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ.
Training tailored to reality
The training offered to the Fonds de solidarité FTQ’s partner companies is tailored to the reality of each company in order to reflect the economic and social context specific to each of them. While previously limited to the financial aspects, in recent years training in partner companies has started to also address all the factors likely to influence the development of companies, such as markets and customers, the impact of exchange rates, price fluctuations, etc.
After each session, participants are asked to reflect on the tangible impact that this training might have on their daily activities and to take ownership of the notions covered to create positive changes for the company.
Believing is succeeding!
Whether offered in a unionized or non-unionized environment, training sessions are based on communication practices that promote employee involvement in the development of the company. Experience shows that this is an essential condition to the success of any company; it also shows that when the management of a company believes that engaging in a dialogue with employees is important to gain a common understanding of financial and organizational issues, the company is successful.