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ON THE MOVE WARE MALCOMB ANNOUNCES PROMOTION OF AMANDA SANABRIA TO STUDIO MANAGER, ADVANCED MANUFACTURING IN VAUGHAN, ONTARIO OFFICE Ware Malcomb, an award-winning international design firm, announced Amanda Sanabria has been promoted to Studio Manager, Advanced Manufacturing in the firm’s Vaughan, Ontario office. Sanabria has more than 20 years of architectural experience, including significant experience leading industrial, retail, multifamily and data center projects from programming and design through completion. She has helped

build the Advanced Manufacturing team in the Canada market, designed several multistory facilities, and been instrumental in delivering large-scale facilities for e-commerce and distribution clients. She joined Ware Malcomb in 2019 as a Project Architect. “Amanda is a trusted leader and she has significantly helped grow our Advanced Manufacturing group,” said Frank Di Roma, Principal for Ware Malcomb. “We appreciate her strong ability to connect with clients, consultants, and her fellow teammembers, and we congratulate her on this well-deserved promotion.”

Sanabria holds both a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a master’s degree in architecture from McGill University, as well as architectural licenses from the Ontario Association of Architects and the Order of Architects of Quebec. She is LEED BD +C and PMP certified. Established in 1972, Ware Malcomb is a contemporary and expanding full service design firm providing professional architecture, planning, interior design, civil engineering, branding and building measurement services to corporate, commercial/residential developer and public/institutional clients throughout the world.

formal training right off the bat (and not just “when we get time” or “when we get to it”), new employees learn the right way to do things with confidence. At our company, we have formal, self-made, video-driven training for all new engineers and designers on howwe use CAD. Every new employee, from a co-op to a senior designer, gets the same basics so they understand how to keep things consistent, store and name files, etc. When everyone is doing the same thing from the start, it’s much easier to work within each other’s projects seamlessly, fill in if someone is unexpectedly out, and jump in to help when someone is on a time crunch. ■ ■ Check in often … and down the road. Checking in with a new employee early and often is obviously important. But make sure you continue to check in later – in one year and beyond. As stated in the opening, understanding a company’s breadth of work and culture in a year is difficult and overwhelming, and that’s in the best of circumstances. These check-ins are also great opportunities to gain insight to how your team is doing as the onboarders/ trainers – what does the new employee think worked well? What part of the onboarding process needs more work to be better? At our company, we schedule regular, informal check- ins with new employees once a week and more formal check-ins every 30 days through the first half-year of employment. After that, employees continue to meet with a mentor monthly to continue the acclimatization process. In the end, having a great onboarding and training program isn’t just about the new employee understanding their new environment. It’s about helping them feel like the valuable part of the company they are from the get-go, as well as helping existing employees feel the same way about the new employee. The investment in time and resources up front will pay dividends by creating an environment of consistency, productivity, and relationships that will help the new hire, your existing team, and the bottom line. Matt Hoying is president at Choice One Engineering. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

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group) for an entire day to learn about our open-book management and send them to a two-day professional management course, and a course on conscious leadership, regardless of their experience or role in the company. Every employee is important and can impact the culture and the bottom line – letting them know and learn this fact is good for everyone. ■ ■ Meet the people. Consider having new employees meet with existing employees for a few minutes to get to know them (or a reasonably large sector of the company if numbers or locations make this impossible). Spending time with every employee one-on-one for 20-30 minutes might seem like a pretty hefty time investment for the new hire. But consider the outcomes: The new employee discovers common interests with the people they will be spending more than half their waking hours with. Suddenly it’s easier to ask questions, get input, and approach people in the office because they feel more familiar. And the converse is true, too. Existing employees will be more likely to include the new employee now that they know some history, preferences, and commonalities. Connections are made faster and easier, and the new employee will feel more comfortable and be productive because of the time spent early in their tenure. At our company, we provide new employees with a “Green Book” that includes a page for each of our existing 64 employees. The new employee has a conversation with each existing employee to learn about each other’s history, family, role at the company, interests, and how they will interact. That equates to about 25-30 hours of time – time we feel is well-spent in creating lasting relationships. ■ ■ Deliberate training. Lots of businesses have formal training programs. Consider the manufacturers or multi- continent distributors who have a certain way of doing everything. Sometimes, in the AEC industry, however, we throw new employees into the mix with little formal training. The new employee has to rely on past experience or the experience of the person sitting next door. With

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