Our Story






The Roles We Play At Work

“During one of the matinee performances she was in top feline form when she heard a whining sound coming from the audience. It sounded like someone crying. Try as she might have to ignore it, she had to stop her performance, walk to the edge of the stage and ask the perpetrator to be quiet.”

To paraphrase Shakespeare, “Work is but a stage and we are merely players.” In my case this is not just a metaphor. I am in the theatre business, so this story involves an actress called Elizabeth Ashby. Many years ago she won the lead role in the Broadway play, Tennessee Williams, Cat on A Hot Tin Roof. She played the love-starved Maggie who moved through life like a hungry cat. To prepare herself for the role Ashby went to the streets of New York City to study alley-cat behaviours. She imitated the way they moved—the way they pounced when confronted, and her belief in this won her a coveted Tony award.

Make. Work. Better.

This is an exclusive subscriber-only story

Subscribe Today

To discuss re-use of this material, contact us.

Already a Subscriber? Log in.

Reuse and Permissions: Unauthorized distribution, transmission, reuse or republication of any and all content is strictly prohibited. To discuss re-use of this material, please contact: copyright@yourworkplace.ca ; 877-668-1945.

Why are you Waiting?
Deb Kimmett
Besides being a humorist, Deborah Kimmett is a motivational speaker who inspires groups with presentations through her company, Wit with Wisdom. She is also an author and a regular performer on CBC Radio.

The Engaged Work Rebel

Picture this: your loyal communications coordinator arrives at work promptly at 9 am every day. He goes about his tasks and avoids Facebook and Twitter.

Homeward Bound

Working from home has become increasingly popular around the globe thanks to the plethora of technological advances in the communications field. Employees and employers mutually

Embrace the Three Laws

Appreciation and rewards programs do more than make staff happy – they can also build your company’s culture, create relationships and draw in talented new