5 Questions with Chris Harder on Engaging Youth in the Workplace
May 20, 2015
We recently had a chance to sit down with Chris Harder, SaskPower employee and member of the company’s Youth Network, to talk about engaging young people through special events and community action.
What is the Youth Network and what role do they perform in SaskPower?
We are a group of youth within SaskPower that focuses on creating a positive environment for our peers. We plan, organize and support events in order to engage our fellow employees, as well as reaching out to other young people that might be interested in a career at SaskPower.
What kinds of events does the Youth Network organize?
We’ve put on a number of successful events such as the annual Slo-Pitch tournament for employees and tours of our power plants for students. We’ve also been involved in wider fundraisers such as the Movember month for prostate cancer and the Big Bike event for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Our team really enjoys working together and has a genuine interest in reaching youth both in our company, and outside it.
What areas of work do your members typically come from?
One of the great things about the Youth Network is that we’re represented by a wide range of business areas throughout SaskPower. We’re made up of young employees from Human Resources, Finance, Business Support, IT, and Engineering, to name a few. This provides us with many different perspectives when we are planning events or programs. It also helps us identify the things that are working well, and what’s challenging the young people in our company.
What were some recent accomplishments the Youth Network is especially proud of?
We’re really proud of the flexibility and support that we’ve received from SaskPower. Our Lunch and Learn program is a great example of how collaboration leads to positive experiences. The program brings together senior executives and our youth employees, giving them the chance to ask questions about the company and their careers.
We’re also very proud to be part of a company that has been named a Top Employer for Youth for the fourth consecutive year.
What’s next for your team?
This year the Youth Network is looking for more ways to enhance youth experience at SaskPower. We recently kicked off our bi-monthly events schedule with a dodge ball night, open to anyone in the company who was interested. The turnout was great and so was the feedback we received. Further down the road, we’re eying collaborations with other Crown corporations, as well as the possibility of hosting a conference where youth can gather and participate in workshops.
“Our team really enjoys working together and has a genuine interest in reaching youth both in our company, and outside it.”
“We are also proud to be part of a company that has been named a Top Employer for Youth for the fourth consecutive year.”
“This year the Youth Network is looking for more ways to enhance youth experience at SaskPower.”