Exercise: Climbing Stairs

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Aerobic Office Exercise Stair climbing is a great no-gym workout that you can easily fit into your home or office routine. This activity is low-impact and safe for as long as you keep proper form. Tips Wear good supportive shoes. “Cross-training” or aerobic shoes are best, running shoes do not give your feet enough lateral support. Make […]

Motivators: Extrinsic and Intrinsic Rewards

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With large numbers of employees becoming eligible to retire, and very real talent shortages in many workplaces, organizations are rightly looking at ways to motivate and retain the talent that they have. The study of employee motivation goes all the way back to the 1930s, but the issue has acquired a fresh urgency now that […]

Employers Not Doing Enough to Slow “Brain Drain”

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78% would relocate abroad Manpower Canada recently released the results of its Borderless Workforce survey to determine employer views about the outward migration of talent. The findings reveal that only 17% of employers in Canada think government and businesses are doing enough to slow the outward migration of talent and attract people back to Canada.

Finding a Good Fit with a New Recruit

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Zappos sells shoes and handbags. While most of their business is online, they do have an outlet store and warehouse in Kentucky next to a UPS hub and two more stores in Nevada. They also have a Canadian branch in Ontario. Since its founding in 1999, Zappos has grown to be the largest online shoe […]

Emergency Planning is a Win-Win

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Needle and flu vaccine. The Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto recently released the first study to assess the impact of an influenza outbreak on individual companies. Presented at the World Conference on Disaster Management, the study, “Making a Case for Investing in Pandemic Preparedness,” focuses on how companies can justify investing […]

Make the Most of a Reduced Paycheque

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Easing Down the Salary Ladder Countless Canadians are earning considerably less then they used to and struggling to keep up with expenses. A wide range of circumstances can boomerang personal income back to where it started. Bubbles burst, the economy falters, companies downsize, and personal disasters happen. Perpetual salary growth–or even maintenance–is simply not guaranteed. […]

Front-line Workers

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Bringing the Front Line Front and Centre Which would you consider to be more stressful as a front-line employee: a customer yelling at you, or the inability to have your voice heard inside your organization? Surprisingly, underestimating front-line workers can actually be a greater contributor to job dissatisfaction than dealing with disgruntled customers. Traditionally, front-line […]

Wisdom: The 10 Principles for a Healthy Workplace

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My Dear Friend, It’s hard to believe that a decade has gone by since my first conversation with you about your dream of a magazine devoted to workplace wellness, compassionate leadership, and healthy organizations. Your passion for that cause was then, as now, so infectious that I volunteered to write a short column for the […]

Showing Genuine Interest

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When I travel, it is always with the hope of “getting away.” But travelling inevitably involves contact with other people’s workplaces, and so my antennae are attentive to the health of that workplace, and the working relationship of that management and the staff. That said, my summer holidays were truly awesome–I witnessed scenery so majestic […]