Creating a Mentoring Culture

Student Asking Mentor

When Odysseus, King of Ithaca, went off to fight in the Trojan War, he requested his good friend Mentor to care for and educate his son. Today, a mentor is a trusted friend, counsellor or teacher—often all three — and mentoring has grown into an organized concept encouraged and endorsed in the workplace. The success […]

No One Belongs in a Box

Gift box on wooden table

When I was growing up there were only two generations as far as I was concerned: the younger generation and the older generation. That’s it. And this was not that long ago. Now the latest research is indicating that we have up to nine generations in Canadian society today, including the newest generations of Net […]

Stay or Go: What’s Taboo?

Businessman calling taxi service from hotel room, staying near window

Jump, Don’t Jump … Jump. Years ago, having a spotty job history was a surefire way to get eliminated from consideration when applying for a job. Human Resources (HR) Directors generally frowned on people who moved from job to job, interpreting it as a lack of commitment (and by extension, dependability). That was then. Now, […]

What it Takes to be a Good Manager

Research conducted by the Kenexa Research Institute, a leading provider of talent acquisition and retention solutions, evaluated workers’ views of their immediate managers. The survey included workers from Brazil, China, Germany, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The latest results from the universal study indicate that 63% of employees rate their managers as […]

Resigning 101

Businessman signing contract

Leaving an organization via resignation is difficult even in the best of circumstances. It is a breakup that most professionals do not like to do or do often. Everyone who has laboured in the vineyards of the private, public, and nonprofit sectors has had to transition from one job to another. So this begs the […]

Gossip Tops Biggest Workplace Pet Peeves

Gossiping coworkers

Employees want colleagues to clean up their act in the workplace, including cutting down on idle chitchat, washing their own dirty dishes and being better at managing their time. In a pet peeves-themed survey released by Randstad USA, a staffing firm and workforce solutions provider, employees revealed their biggest annoyances in their places of work. […]

Strength-building Office Exercise

Business people applauding and celebrating business executives at business seminar

A Few Tips: Set an alarm to go off every hour to remind you to stand up and move around. Even if you just swing your arms or take a deep breath, you’ll feel more alert. Use the restroom on another floor and take the stairs. Leave something important in your car (your lunch, your […]

Today’s Generations: We Found Nine!

Managing the 5 Generations

Today’s Canadian workplace may feature as many as five different generations, each with unique attitudes about life, living, and work. How can they work harmoniously under the same roof for 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year? How can one manager engage these often competing interests and diverse ways of approaching work and life? […]