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Is Work Killing You

Is Work Killing You?

Business owners, directors, managers and human resources professionals came together to explore issues of Workload and Well-being in a Multi-Generational Workforce at the eighth annual Your Workplace Conference in Toronto in October. “What makes the discussion about workload and well-being so important is that employees really do want to do their best. By taking on […]

How Employers Can Support Caregivers

How Employers Can Support Caregivers

Only a few years ago, it may have been considered career-limiting for a parent to leave at a set time to collect a child from daycare. Today, most workplaces accept and support this situation without question. Another issue is now at hand — the responsibilities of working, and providing unpaid care to a family member […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Horrible Bosses Produce Horrible Employees

Horrible Bosses Produce Horrible Employees

There are many instances when art is used to imitate the ebbs and flows, ups and downs, beauty and nastiness of life. The movie, Horrible Bosses, is one of those instances. This black comedy chronicles three male employees with downright horrible bosses. One works for a female who sexually harasses and blackmails him while the […]

Where Complacency Rules

Where Complacency Rules

Not long ago, I was nodding off to sleep, when I suddenly remembered to set my alarm clock. As I turned over in bed, my iPhone flashed that an upgrade was required. I had been avoiding the hassle of upgrading for days, so I pushed “Install.” Frustrated with the amount of time that it was […]

This Holiday Season Will You Give Your Employees a Gift or a Bonus

This Holiday Season Will You Give Your Employees a Gift or a Bonus?

Creating a culture where your employees feel valued benefits your business with more employee engagement, commitment and better productivity. During the holiday season, employee recognition is a natural part of the workplace. How a leader meets those expectations can influence how employees feel about their company and team. At Christmas there are two ways companies […]

Helping your staff may just be strengthening their dependence on you

The Madness of the Loop

Recently, I’ve had several conversations with managers that go something like this: Manager: “I’d like to become a better listener and really learn how to motivate my team. They’re good enough, but I feel like something is missing. If I could get out of their way more, they’d really step up and run with it.” […]

Best Practices for Work-Life Balance

Best Practices for Work-Life Balance

Sharing stories of what works and what doesn’t is a profound and meaningful way to learn from others, and this is exactly what we set up at the 8th annual Your Workplace Conference. The Best Practices panel, facilitated by Caterina Sanders of Habanero Consulting Group, an IT company, inspired and challenged conference attendees to construct […]

Freelance Work is on the Rise

Freelance Work is on the Rise

The rise of Uber, Lyft, Task Rabbit, Elance and other online labour marketplaces, combined with employers’ desire to lower payroll and insurance costs, has driven up the number of people cobbling together a living from freelancing. The recent study, “Freelancing in America: A National Survey of the New Workforce”, released by the Freelancers Union together […]