Mark Basciano has seen a lot of changes in the construction industry over the past 40 years. But there’s been one constant in his life. He’s seen the Mountainview Group – the family-owned building company – grow from a modest homebuilder into a multi-faceted firm producing everything from condominiums and low-rise family homes to commercial spaces, retirement and nursing homes to tenant improvements, and hospitality projects and renovations. “We’re proud to be celebrating our fourth decade in business,” says the president of the Mountainview Group. “But we’re still guided by the same philosophies we always have. We strive to make a difference in our community and deliver superior customer service.”
People are strange and complex beings. However, despite this complexity, we tend to prefer simplicity and order, and have developed an amazing skill at pattern-matching. This skill has been a boon to humans during our development, leading us to develop art, writing, mathematics, science, and all the benefits of modern society. However, when applied to people, that same thinking can lead to certain unfortune stereotypes and assumptions where all members of a group get judged together. Every nation seems to have one or two widely known “facts” about its people which circulate continuously, and which seem to defy any attempt at suppression. Canada is no exception.
Did you get to go to work today? Or did you have to go to work today? It’s a subtle distinction that makes a huge impact. Gallup research has found that up to 87% of employees worldwide are not engaged at work. They “had” to go to work. They would prefer to stay home or do something else entirely. And there’s a big business case for fostering engaged workplaces – places where people feel that they get to go. Companies with highly engaged workforces outperform their peers by 147% in earnings per share. Engagement starts with a psychological commitment and positive regard for how you can provide and exchange value.
On March 8th, International Women’s Day will be celebrated around the globe - a tradition that represents over ninety years of development and success for women worldwide. In this feature, we showcase local women in the business community who have made an impact. These successful women come from many walks of life - and all of them have demonstrated a clear sense of purpose, a desire to be different, and a drive to be the best. This feature is our way of saying “congratulations!” to all the hardworking women who help make the Niagara community such a rewarding place to work and live