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The Changing Face of Staffing

The Changing Face of Staffing

Staff. Where do you find them and how do you keep them? Should you let robots hire them? Is an impending generation war about to erupt between millennials and boomers? There is a lot to talk about when it comes to your staff. In this issue we focus on the comings and goings of your […]

Educating Through Humour

Educating Through Humour

As we prepare for the upcoming Imagine Your Workplace Conference, we have been exploring new ways of talking about sexual harassment at work. Can we resolve issues of disrespect collaboratively? Can we joke about it? Which got us thinking about what is probably the most popular humorous take on consent to date — the 2015 […]

How to Stay Engaged When Work is Boring

How to Stay Engaged When Work is Boring

We all have activities we must do at work that bore us to tears. Maybe it’s filling out expense reports, or data entry or dealing with a particularly tedious client. Not surprisingly, in these circumstances our mood, as well as our performance, can suffer. However, research suggests that we may hold the key to this […]

The Courage to Make Real Change

The Courage to Make Real Change

Companies ask me point-blank how we continue to sell-out our conference while their events are in decline. “We listen to our community,” is the simplest reply I can give. We always reach out to talk to our delegates and subscribers. But listening alone isn’t enough. Listening is meaningless if you make no significant change. Regardless […]


Benefits Trump Money

Benefits can mean the difference between loving your job and hating your job. In fact they matter more than money to a lot of people. A 2015 Glassdoor survey found that 79% of respondents would prefer additional benefits to a higher salary. That doesn’t surprise us. After all, can a fat paycheck really make up […]

Developing On-the-Fly Coaching Habits

Developing On-the-Fly Coaching Habits

You’re a good manager. You’re committed to being helpful, but you’re just not sure where to start. Coaching is the best way for you to be helpful to your employees. I’m not talking about sit-down coaching events with formal discussions and timelines. I’m talking about practical, everyday coaching. The real point of coaching is to […]

When You Can’t "Tough It Out" Anymore

When You Can’t “Tough it Out” Anymore

It wasn’t the first time that RCMP Constable Peter Neily had shared his story when he spoke with us, and it will unlikely be the last. His story has become a beacon of hope to those struggling with occupational stress injuries and the stigma surrounding mental health. Constable Neily doesn’t talk about the incident that […]

Conference Insider(August): Lori Casselman 2016 Session

Refresher #6: Millennials and the Future of Workplace Health Did you know that 86% of working Canadians feel their employers are responsible for supporting their psychological health? Millennials perhaps have the highest expectations out of all of us, especially when it comes to development opportunities, access to support and access to senior level leaders. This talk […]

Millennials, Generation Y, Echo Babies, the Boomerang Generation, iGen, Generation We, Generation Me, Generation Next… the list goes on. Whatever you call them, the generation born between the early 80s and the year 2000 is starting to make a big impact in the workplace. Coming from an era immersed in technology, globalization and instant communication, the expectations of millennials and their outlook on the workplace are different from preceding generations. A study published in 2000 by J.J. Arnett, a professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University in Massachusetts, suggests that this is a generational effect, not just an effect of age, and it transcends culture. In the next five years, as most Boomers retire and leave the workforce, we expect to see a shift as more millennials take their place in the workforce. While millennials already form 23% of the Canadian workforce, by 2020 that number is estimated to increase to 50%. The better we understand this generation, the better we can inspire, challenge and retain these future leaders. Appreciating the characteristics of millennials at work and how they connect to mental health may be critical to building a stronger work culture. EMERGING ADULTHOOD Emerging adulthood is the life stage between 18-29 years. It is the transition to adulthood that is understood to be increasingly long and quite complex, and it has its own features and implications on the mental health of developing adults. This stage is characterized by identity exploration, instability, self-focus, feelings of being “in-between” and feelings of possibility and optimism. These factors weigh heavily on younger employees and often lead to feelings of anxiety and depression. Understanding the challenges of this demographic is crucial to providing appropriate support for the generation now entering the workforce and preparing them to succeed in their careers. STRESS AND MENTAL HEALTH According to the 2015 Sun Life Canadian Health Index, 31% of millennials report that they have experienced or are currently experiencing a mental health issue such as depression, anxiety and substance misuse. This is substantially higher when compared to the national average of 20%. The findings align with a recent Conference Board of Canada report, Healthy Brains at Work: The Situation for Younger Workers, which noted the high incidence of mental health issues among young workers. Researchers found that young people between the ages of 15 and 24 were the most likely of four adult age groups to have experienced mood disorders (8%) or major depressive episodes (7%) within the past year. TAKING ACTION While this research shows that younger Canadian workers are particularly vulnerable, mental health affects all generations in the workplace. Employers and employees would both do well to support mental health at work. A healthy workplace is one that understands, appreciates and leverages the characteristics and strengths of every generation. With such depressing numbers, it may be time to consider your role at work and how you can support a workplace that fosters mental health for your millennials and others.

Psst… Your Millennials are Depressed

Millennials, Generation Y, Echo Babies, the Boomerang Generation, iGen, Generation We, Generation Me, Generation Next… the list goes on. Whatever you call them, the generation born between the early 80s and the year 2000 is starting to make a big impact in the workplace. Coming from an era immersed in technology, globalization and instant communication, […]

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Conference Insider(November): Mark Franklin 2016 Session

Refresher #5: Supporting Employee Career Development Employing 21st century career management skills is essential for employees and managers alike to develop talent, support advancement and link career development to employee engagement. Learn new, evidence-based methods and tools to reimagine a workplace that supports the career development of all employees of all ages and cultures. On Stage: […]


Be the Best You That You Can Be

The new year is almost upon us, and we’re thinking about our New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s getting in shape with the functional fitness program covered in this issue’s Matters section, learning strategies on how to become a more mindful leader, or tips on how to empower our employees to solve their own problems, we’re […]