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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Healing the Toxic Culture in Healthcare

Healing the Toxic Culture in Healthcare

The health-care sector, which employs about one in 10 Canadians, is among the most overburdened in Canada. It is a prime breeding ground for a toxic work atmosphere. Enter Sandra Harris, a Toronto “go to” person for stressed-out hospital and health-care workers seeking thriving, efficient work cultures. Harris has spent the last 13 years helping […]

12 Nutritional Tips and Healthy Foods to Share for the Holidays

12 Nutritional Tips and Healthy Foods to Share for the Holidays

When I think of an approaching holiday — and there are many holidays to celebrate — there are a couple of cardinal rules that I follow, with the first two being the most important: 1. Eat First I always go to an event, party or gathering having eaten something nourishing beforehand—a mini-meal if you like. […]

7 Tips to Control Holiday Eating

7 Tips to Control Holiday Eating

The two-month long “sweet season” begins with leftover Halloween candy and winds down with pecan pie, eggnog and fruitcake. Bite by bite the ounces add up to pounds, unless you find a way to control holiday eating. North Americans gain about one pound during the winter holiday season. Unfortunately, researchers at the National Institutes of […]

The Plight of the Mid-Level Manager

The Plight of the Mid-Level Manager

For those among us with glittery-eyed dreams of climbing the corporate ladder (we’ve all gotta find something to do with our time, after all), here’s a caveat: you may want to skip a couple of those middle rungs on the road to capitalist domination and unbridled success. A 2015 study finds that in spite of […]

Match Perks to People to Increase Performance

Match Perks to People to Increase Performance

Now that hiring is picking up it’s time to re-evaluate your talent strategy, likely designed in the days when employers had an overabundance of supply. According to Pew Research Center, starting in 2011 and continuing for 19 years, 10,000 Baby Boomers a day in the U.S. will turn 65, and the much smaller Gen X […]

The New Face of Wellness Programs

The New Face of Wellness Programs

It’s hard to find Canadian case studies that link health benefits from wellness programs to lower health costs, which is frustrating for those seeking a home-grown example of return on investment for wellness programs. Thankfully, some Canadians are challenging the status quo with innovative program designs and they are evaluating the results. These organizations improve […]

Canadas Healthy Workplace Month

Promoting Health and Happiness at Work

Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month (CHWM) takes place this October 1 – 31, 2016. It’s a good opportunity to take stock of your organization’s health programs and get inspired by some great ideas. Initiated in 2001 (as Canada’s Healthy Workplace Week), CHWM provides mental and physical health and safety resources and solutions. 2016’s theme focusses on […]

YW Profile- Dr. Carl Cederström on Wellness Programs

YW Profile: Dr. Carl Cederström on Wellness Programs

Carl Cederström is Assistant Professor in organisation theory at Stockholm Business School of Stockholm University. In 2015 he published The Wellness Syndrome (with André Spicer) and in 2012 published Dead Man Working (with Peter Fleming). The Wellness Syndrome argues that the pressure to optimize our levels of wellness has begun to work against us and […]