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How to Implement a Wellness Program

How to Implement a Wellness Program

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 […]

Three Women Cracking the Glass Ceiling

Three Women Cracking the Glass Ceiling

Women still have a ways to go in the workforce: in the U.S., they hold just 4.2% of CEO positions at Fortune 500 companies. But the times they are slowly a changin’. Below we feature some of women’s top advocates for change in the workplace: “Once we get enough women into leadership, we can break […]

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 […]

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 […]

Should You Hire Someone with a Bad Reputation

Should You Hire Someone with a Bad Reputation?

Consider the resignation of Chris Spence, former Director of the Toronto District School Board, for serial plagiarism, the cheating and deception by Lance Armstrong, not to mention his creepy confession on Oprah, the corporate bribes paid to African dictators by Canadian mining companies in the form of “signing bonuses,” the phony memoirists, the degree embellished […]

7 Tips for Hosting a Memorable Office Party

7 Tips for Hosting a Memorable Office Party

The holiday office party — it can be an occasion for genuine conviviality, or a disaster. Perhaps understandably, many employees dread the idea of work-mandated fun, and the days of wooing them with swank venues, celebrity guests and open bars are largely over, but that doesn’t mean the death of the office party. Here are […]

Killer Bosses and Employee Well-Being

Killer Bosses and Employee Well-Being

Stories abound regarding “killer bosses” — leaders who are categorically feared. Popular television shows such as The Office and cartoons like Dilbert dramatize the perils of such ineptitude and insensitivity, and paint a troublesome portrait of what work within these types of organizations is like for employees. Unfortunately, these situations aren’t reserved for television entertainment; […]

Incentives for a Global Workforce

Incentives for a Global Workforce

Then employers have a global reach, it’s tough to implement the same benefits for all staff. One of the most difficult programs to align internationally is a recognition plan, because the expression of recognition varies from one culture to another. If you read nothing else, read this… The recognition awards staff prefer to receive varies […]

Illuminate — Ignite change through speeches, stories

Illuminate

When we enter the workplace, the tradition is to leave our feelings and personal life at the door — but that can be extremely hard, if not impossible. We are whole people with multifaceted lives and we need to accept that we bring parts of those lives into the workplace, like it or not. Electronic […]

Give and Take Review

Give and Take

French philosopher and writer Jean-Paul Sartre famously remarked in one of his plays that hell is other people. Sometimes, this is objectively true, but many times, it’s our own mindset that plays tricks on us. The question then becomes, what can we do differently to change the way we view the world, and change our […]

Inspiring Followers Through Transformational Leadership

Inspiring Followers Through Transformational Leadership

Have you ever been in the presence of a leader who inspired you by the passion of his or her vision? Have you been part of a group or team that was energized by a participant who charismatically claimed control simply by his or her ability to grasp a situation and mobilize the team to […]

Crazy is a Compliment review

Crazy is a Compliment

Perhaps I am getting a little cynical as I read more and more business books, but does it always have to be about the money? It feels a little like the old truism to “cherchez la femme” or “the butler did it”. Saving or making money for the organization is the reason that everything gets […]