Asking Employees to Pay for Festivities

Paying a with a bills

Most employees asked by coworkers to chip in for office festivities, survey shows There’s no such thing as a free lunch… and birthday cake may have a price, too. In a recent survey, three-quarters (75%) of executives polled said employees are asked by peers to contribute money to pay for celebrations—such as birthdays, anniversaries, baby […]

Recipe for a Great Staff Retreat

Yulong and Jinbao rivers and karst mountains

Create shared space for meaningful conversations between respectful colleagues who want to work on issues vital to their organization’s core values and mission. June, September and October are prime months for scheduling a staff retreat—a time away from daily operations. At least that’s been my experience, based on almost three decades of acting as a […]

Workplace Gossip

Gossiping coworkers

Rumour has it that it’s… If you’ve ever tuned in to the hit show “The Office,” whether it’s the BBC version that’s written and directed by Ricky Gervais or the NBC knock-off with Steve Carell, you know that gossip in the workplace is as common as coffee breaks and the pointless meeting. Office gossip is […]

Combatting Employer Health Care Cost

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Employers adding programs to combat rising health care costs Multinational companies have developed a health and productivity strategy in the United States, but they have not been as proactive in other regions of the world, according to a new survey by Watson Wyatt Worldwide, a global human capital consulting firm. However, as health care costs […]

Presenteeism: Present in Body, Not Mind

Two businesswomen working late in an office talking

Successful businesses will need to find innovative solutions to prevent absenteeism and lack of employee engagement *The term “presenteeism” was coined by Professor Cary Cooper, a psychologist specializing in organizational management at Manchester University in the U.K. While absence and disability management has been the focus for organizations in recent years, companies now need to […]

On the Picket Line

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“One of the most contentious instruments available to trade unions is the right to strike. This is the legal withdrawal of labour, the equivalent of a lock-out by the employer… Strikes and/or lock-outs hurt all sides and… should be strategies of the last resort. The threat of a strike or lock-out… is a powerful deterrent […]

Disaster Management

Education of managers

Leadership Specialist Speaks on Disaster Management NASA leader demonstrates why developing a contingency plan for “worst-case scenario” is important for all organizations. Perhaps no one knows more about how to revitalize troubled organizations than Sean O’Keefe. As NASA Administrator, O’Keefe had the daunting task of revitalizing an organization still reeling from tragic circumstances, the Columbia […]

Why We Can’t Say No

Which way to go road sign

Learning to Live with CSN Syndrome For almost all of my adult life, I’ve struggled with a debilitating little syndrome that probably afflicts about 20% of the population. (At least that’s my informed estimate, based on the hundreds of people over the years who have taken the various personal “style” instruments in my workshops and […]

Working From Home

Beard young man working from home

For Vancouverite Penny Tuson, her one-year of maternity leave flew by too quickly; just as she was hitting her stride as a mother, she was hitting the streets with her resume. “Seconds after leaving my first interview I burst into tears. The job sounded great, but I just didn’t want to leave Ben,” Tuson recounts. […]

Mental Illness Hits Actress Margo Kidder


Actress Margo Kidder “I’m really pleased that this topic is finally coming out of the closet. We have come a long way since I first became aware of my illness 20 years ago,” said movie star Margot Kidder. Kidder has been a favourite among audiences for more than 25 years and has acted in more […]