Without warning, the seamstresses in quebec were found to carry hundreds of thousands of masks. On the front line, Camille Goyette-Gingras has seen his professional life to undergo major upheaval with the arrival of the COVID-19.
Think of management
The co-founder of the co-Op Seamstresses Pop and his three allies had to be very resistant to stress and an overhaul of their tasks.
“Before it started, we were four dressmakers. Here, we’ve become a team of production management, ” she explains. It was summer dresses and bags before it falls, and you get to handle tens and tens of thousands of units, if not hundreds of thousands.”
“It has changed a lot in our daily life, recognizes it. We were seamstresses, who thought the rolling of our small business quietly and it was found to have a nice “gang” of hundreds of seamstresses mobilized.”
“The seamstress, it has something super symbolic for Quebecers because we all know our mother, our grandmother or our father who was a cutter wire,” she said. We all have someone in our family who knows how to make the seam, so it really hit people right in the heart.”
Deal with the isolation
In addition, the quartet at the head of a large team now consisting of 150 seamstresses full-time has halted, the isolation resulting from the sometimes telework.
“Even if it is not on the same place of work, I think that is what we have been able to do. This is no more seamstresses only at home, in their workshop; now, they are part of a “gang”. I have the impression that we are less isolated than ever. I have never felt as close to my fellow seamstresses that at this time.”
Certainly, strength in numbers has enabled the creation of a large group and the development of new approaches.
“It has produced a huge amount,” says Camille Goyette-Gingras. I think that for many sectors, it has resulted in a change of attitude. We found ourselves working with a lot of businesses that, before, would have been competitors. We laughed together, we shot it toward the positive.”
A consistent schedule
Despite the high demand and the numerous orders that originate in health care facilities, it is not a question of encouraging the extra time. A lot of the things that it was possible to do this in advance – such as masks already folded – have been carried out.
“We make all of our weekends. We like best a seamstress who makes her schedule as a seamstress who does too much, is tired and makes mistakes. This is not to dressmakers assume are personally responsible for what is happening. When they have problems, we try to engage more or find solutions to be more effective.”
In a challenging environment and responsibilities very important, Camille Goyette-Gingras was still dreaming. As things are going smoothly, she likes to hope for the creation of a federation of co-op of seamstresses.
“It is fun to imagine things otherwise and up to now, to be dreamers and see the things positively, it has inspired many people to follow us in our projects, even if they are ambitious.”
Three ways to feel better working at home
– Share his daily life
“It has created a group conversation with seamstresses, people on the team who are also responsible for the management and volunteers, and we exchanged photos of our daily life outside of work,” says Camille Goyette-Gingras. We live all the same case and time, use social media to bring people closer together, it makes a lot of good.”
– Express his appreciation of others
“Just to say thank you more often. Thank you, it is something that is said more often by writing. […] We try to integrate it and we feel that it is doing good to those who do not often say thank you for their work.”
– Continue to develop her passions
“As an employer, it is important to understand that our employees are not just employees; they are human beings outside of work, they have passions that may be other than their profession and that they live outside of work. We are very conscious of the well-being of others and how they are living things emotionally.”