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Empowering Employees Through Play

Are we turning into a society of jerks? Research indicates that we are becoming less empathetic. For example, U.S. college students have demonstrated a 75% drop in empathy in just over 30 years. This is according to research based on the Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI), an empathy survey which has been administered to tens of […]

Is Work Killing You - A Doctors Prescription for Treating Workplace Stress

Book Review: Is Work Killing You?

Every VP HR in Canada should read Is Work Killing You? and follow at least one change to reduce workplace stress outlined therein.

Learning is an Eternal Principle

Learning is an Eternal Principle

Through learning, we progress. We fulfill the measure of our creation, have joy, and eventually return to our maker. So, how do we improve our capacity to learn? Learning seems to have two dimensions: the first is personal energy and passion, and the second is the ability to demonstrate a growth mindset. Psychologists have called […]

Learn Develop Grow

Learn, Develop, Grow

The value of investing in training is a hot-button issue for many businesses. While there’s little argument that companies have a need for skilled workers, many organizations question the value of investing in learning and development and often, training is made to take a back seat as a way for companies to relieve the strain […]

10 Quirky Benefits

10 Quirky Benefits

Do you want the insider track to getting your employees to love their jobs? Well, you have to get creative. The benefits package you offer to staff is an opportunity to give them something a little extra. Let’s call them quirky benefits; maybe unique, non-traditional, outside-the-box or above-and-beyond benefits. They don’t have to be flashy […]

Take Our Kids to Work Day

Take Our Kids to Work Day

Here’s yet another sign that I’m getting old: recently I took one of my teenage kids to work, yet again. The national annual “Take Our Kids to Work Day” falls at the beginning of November each year. The event has been Canada-wide since 1998, when The Learning Partnership took the GTA-based event national. This year’s […]

Can You Guess Which Employee Benefits are Real?

In the interest of employee engagement and retention, organizations are coming up with ever more creative benefits. See if you can guess which of the following are real, and which are too outlandish to be true: $50 monthly credit for Exec, a housecleaning and errand-running service. REAL •or• FAKE? Take your dog to work day. […]

Is there a place for Buster or Fluffy

Is there a place for Buster or Fluffy?

We love our pets. They provide us with unyielding love and affection and are valued members of our families. Anyone who has ever owned a pet can attest to the fact that their mere presence contributes health and emotional benefits to their households. According to an Ipsos Reid survey conducted in April 2011 on behalf […]

Engagement, Big Data and the Human Organization

Engagement, Big Data and the Human Organization

This past spring professionals from across Canada gathered at the Toronto Botanical Gardens for the 2016 Imagine Your Workplace Conference. A series of lectures immersed attendees in the latest thinking on the subject of leadership, from the highly scientific to the “massively human.” Here’s what we learned. 1. THE NEUROSCIENCE OF ENGAGEMENT Brady Wilson, President […]

Tips to Increase Employee Engagement

Tips to Increase Employee Engagement

According to Gallup, only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work. Over 63% are “not engaged”, meaning they lack motivation and are less likely to invest discretionary effort in organizational goals and outcomes. And 24% are “actively disengaged”, indicating they are unhappy and unproductive at work and liable to spread negativity to coworkers. We […]

How to Implement an Effective Wellness Plan

How to Implement an Effective Wellness Plan

Answering the question, “Why should our company have an employee wellness program?” may not seem easy. Immediately, a welter of new questions arises about cost, results, time investment, and the speculation that the HR department, or company as a whole, will be seen as intrusive busybodies. These concerns have been addressed in Canadian context. Recent […]

When Employee Engagement Goes Green

When Employee Engagement Goes Green

Employee engagement is a hot topic right now, but it’s small in comparison to environmental awareness initiatives. Organizations that integrate their programs to address these two all-important fields may have results that can surprise everyone. When the preservation of the environment connects with employees on a personal level, magic happens. This integrated approach can work […]