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The Overwhelmed Manager

The Overwhelmed Manager

Amanda arrived harried, overwhelmed and very stressed out. She’d had not only a difficult day, but a difficult week and a difficult month with considerable overtime hours working on projects she wasn’t really enjoying. It was quickly apparent: Amanda needed help. Her team was not coping well — one team member was leaving soon as […]

Is Work-Life Balance Dead?

Is Work-Life Balance Dead?

Sometimes it can seem like the stress of trying to achieve work-life balance is hardly worth the effort. Who has time for work-life balance? Not to mention it inherently implies a compromise, and like most compromises (a radio station everyone can agree on in the car, your kid eating at least one vegetable) it rarely […]

The New Science of Workplace Culture

Every company has a distinct personality, complete with its own values, traditions, attitudes and behaviours. This workplace culture defines how employees at all levels feel and interact together at work. Today more than ever, culture defines the success of an organization. HR professionals are increasingly thinking about how to develop, grow and support a robust […]

its-all-about-energy

It’s All About Energy

Time and again, we see that the more leaders try to manage engagement, the more disengaged their employees actually become. It’s not that employees don’t want to be engaged — many are committed and loyal soldiers who come in early, stay late and try hard in-between. But in today’s era of exhaustion, they are simply […]

Books to Help You Grow

Books to Help You Grow

You are a whole person. Think about all of the roles that you play in your life: employee, friend, partner, parent, consumer, producer, client, provider, family and more. While you may read Your Workplace to gain insights into how to create a better work environment, the truth is that much of what you read here […]

Books to Boost Success

Books to Boost Success

It’s amazing how much time we spend at work when you really think about it. Many of us work for about eight hours per day — but when you add up all of the para-work activities, such as commuting, planning lunches, wondering about work wardrobes, and the ever-present ruminating about work-related activities and relationships, it […]

Books to Help You Help Others

Books to Help You Help Others

No matter where you work or what you do, one thing is inevitable: you will have to deal with other people. Some people can be a source of agony, while others can be a source of delight — employees often stay at a company because they love to work with great colleagues. One thing is […]

Books to Broaden Your Mind

Books to Broaden Your Mind

In the world today, it’s easy to believe that we are right about everything. Facebook and Amazon algorithms only show us more of what we “like.” If you don’t like the news that you are watching, it’s easy to find another channel that is skewed to your point of view. Or you can turn the […]

The Mindful Approach to Leadership

The Mindful Approach to Leadership

How many times over the years have your heard that you have to know yourself before you can even begin to understand your purpose, capitalize on your talents and excel in life? It has even been said that knowing yourself makes for better interpersonal interactions. I know if I had a dollar for each time […]

5 Health Tips to Banish Stress

5 Health Tips to Banish Stress

Whether young or old, rich or poor, we all experience stress at some point. And while a certain amount of stress is necessary to keep us motivated, excessive stress can reduce concentration, cause fatigue, increase muscle tension, lead to gastrointestinal issues and destroy the immune system, among other ailments. In the work world, where employees […]

A New Holistic Approach to Wellness

A New Holistic Approach to Wellness

Three years ago I wrote a column poking fun at corporate wellness programs. I saw them as well-intentioned but poorly executed, with low participation rates and indifferent results. It didn’t seem to matter whether companies invested thousands in state-of-the-art gyms with gleaming equipment and enthusiastic on-site fitness trainers, or whether unused storerooms were equipped with […]

Functional Fitness is a Trend You Should Jump On

Functional Fitness is a Trend You Should Jump On

Running to catch the bus you may realize something profound — I want to move better. I want to stride naturally, breathe deeper and accelerate like a gazelle, without my knee hurting. That, friend, is functional fitness. When you are functionally fit your body does what you want it to do, without pain, injury or […]