|dc.identifier.citation||Axe, J., & Wilson-Mah, R. (2020). COVID-19 adaptation and recovery: Human resource and training needs in Whistler, BC. Zero Ceiling. https://zeroceiling.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Royal-Roads-University-Whistler-HR-needs-Report.pdf||en_US
|dc.description||Archived in VIURRSpace with permission from Zero Ceiling.||en_US
|dc.description.abstract||This report documents a qualitative research project conducted between May and July 2020 by
two researchers from Royal Roads University. The focus of the project was to understand more fully
the Human Resource (HR) and training needs of Whistler employers during the early stages of the
COVID-19 pandemic. These needs were explored in the following sectors: food and beverage, retail,
accommodation, and not-for-profit. The research will assist organizations in these four sectors in
Whistler as they adapt and respond to the changing pandemic environment.
A literature review explored several major catastrophes with an emphasis on recovery
strategies. Ten recovery strategies were identified in the literature, as well as seven lessons learned.
Four virtual focus groups were held with representatives from each of the four sectors; these
representatives were primarily managers and owners of Whistler-based organizations. A qualitative
analysis software program was used to aid in the identification of themes. The resulting themes were
further analyzed to develop the findings and recommendations presented in this report.
Throughout the discussions with the research participants, there were several consistent
findings. The questions and findings are organized into two areas: (1) HR needs, as organizations
began to open operations, and (2) professional development and training needs. With respect to HR
needs, the following five needs were identified as common issues: staffing, adaptability, uncertainty,
communication, and strategies for working in the COVID-19 pandemic. With regard to professional
development and training needs, all sectors identified conflict resolution and difficult conversations as
priorities. The report lists the training and development needs by sector for managers and owners,
and staff and volunteers. The research culminated in the development of the 4C model which focusses
on workplace adaptation and recovery.
The research will have relevance not only to Whistler, but also to other resort communities
that have an economy that is reliant on tourism and hospitality.||en_US
|dc.description.sponsorship||The researchers would like to express their gratitude to the Squamish and Lílwat ̓ First Nations upon
whose ancestral lands the village of Whistler is located, and the Xwsepsum and Lekwungen families
upon whose lands Royal Roads University campus is situated.
The researchers would like to thank the Whistler Chamber of Commerce and Zero Ceiling Society
of Canada for their support in connecting the researchers with the Whistler community, and the
research participants who each gave 90 minutes of time for focus group discussions. In addition, we
are thankful to research assistants Karen Charlebois and Charlotte Gorley for their expertise.||en_US
|dc.title||COVID-19 adaptation and recovery: Human resource and training needs in Whistler, BC||en_US