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3 Organizations Improving Employee Engagement through Well-being

Our workplaces don’t exist separately from us. The same themes we have in our personal lives are also apparent in our work lives. At home, many of us are trying to adopt better eating and exercise practices. Likewise, companies of all sorts and sizes are bringing the concept of active living and overall wellness directly […]

Times Up for the Pay Gap

Time’s Up for the Pay Gap

It’s a bit of an irritating situation when you’re a hard-working soul earning 79% of what men make, day in and day out, for the same work, according to 2014 data as reported the by the U.S. Census Bureau. Unfortunately, that’s the situation for women still struggling with the gender pay gap. And the financial […]

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 […]

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 […]

Psychopath at Work

Psychopath at Work

The word “psychopath” may evoke unrepentant criminals and sensationalist slasher films, but psychopaths are a remarkable 1% of the population — that’s one in 100 people. Hallmarks of a psychopathic personality include an unqualified absence of empathy, an inability to feel guilt or remorse, and a powerful charisma and charm used to control others. Psychopathic […]

Festive Food to Share at Work

Festive Food to Share at Work

Not so many years ago I was standing in line at a potluck lunch and inadvertently said to the woman next to me, “I can’t believe someone brought store-bought snack cakes.” She plaintively responded, “well, I didn’t have time to bake.” I quickly stuffed my mouth with something other than the only foot I was […]

Actors in a stage production of Arsenic and Old Lace

All the World’s A Stage

If life is a play, then the workplace is the stage for many dramas. Events such as promotions, shared work, terminations and acts of bullying bring out the worst and best of human nature. Most of us put a great deal of time and energy into our professional position. Our enthusiasm for the role we […]

Creative Perks to Lure — and Keep — Top Talent

Creative Perks to Lure — and Keep — Top Talent

The technology sector has been one of the few bright spots within the otherwise anemic U.S. job market. In fact, tech businesses are so keen on staffing some difficult-to-fill positions that they are layering on the perks in the hope of enticing the best and brightest to their ranks. These enticements range from the sublime […]

HR Struggling to Manage New Workforce Realities

HR Struggling to Manage New Workforce Realities

Today’s workforce expects far more than a paycheque, and this requires strategic people management approaches and tools, particularly within high growth companies where needs change quickly. In a 2015 ADP-Environics study, HR professionals cite issues such as culture, employee retention and strategic planning as critical to the success of their organization, but are challenged by […]

Culture - The Modern Source of Competitive Advantage

Culture: The Modern Source of Competitive Advantage

The idea of people as a source of competitive advantage has long been a mantra among HR executives and the authors of annual reports. Today, as the competition for talent intensifies the focus of retention efforts has shifted from individual employees to the work environment. As often explained by the publisher of this magazine, Vera […]

Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion

Invisibles

There is an infamous psychology experiment in which subjects are presented with a plate of chocolates and asked if they would like one. Of course, they do. Then a cockroach (albeit a dead and sanitized one) is placed on the plate. The subjects are asked if they would like another chocolate. Understandably, their appetite has […]

Social Media Blunders and Blessings

Social Media Blunders and Blessings

What you post on your social networking profile can be both a blessing and a curse for your chances of finding employment or receiving a promotion. A recent CareerBuilder survey found that 49% of employers researched job candidates on social media. Of those, 30% found content that caused them to not hire, and 27% found […]