Engaging Talent for Long-term Results

Short, Mid And Long Term.

In a recent report from Keeping The People, an American consulting firm aimed at helping organizations engage and retain talent, respondents were asked if they thought it would be more difficult to retain employees once the economy recovers. A remarkable 88% answered “yes”. The same report found that employee engagement has declined 3-5% since the […]

A Las Vegas Fairytale

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The magic of inclusion at Cirque du Soleil Lynda Trommelen ended up at Cirque du Soleil, a dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment based in Montreal, Quebec, almost by accident. While working there she not only had a great adventure, but also learned lessons about inclusion. That is, a workplace that values equality, […]

Health is the New Wealth

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Against a background of economic uncertainty, people across the globe are feeling vulnerable, not only in terms of their wealth but also their health, according to a study by DDB Health, the global healthcare practice of DDB Worldwide Communications Group Inc. The study compares perceptions about individual health among more than 1,800 consumers and physicians […]

Video Surveillance can Constitute Constructive Dismissal

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Defining an employee’s right to privacy is currently a hot topic in employment law. Recently, the Ontario Superior Court took a step toward safeguarding an employee’s right to privacy, determining that the unjustified covert video surveillance of an employee can constitute constructive dismissal, according to an employment law and labour bulletin from the employment law […]

Apology Accepted

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Apology Accepted Leaders who apologize perceived as more trustworthy, influential Despite what you might think, it might actually be better to apologize for that mistake you made in the business report, or the wrong way in which you handled a project. Contrary to the belief that leaders who apologize are seen as weak or incompetent, […]

A Tale of Two Buses

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Why leadership counts Once upon a time there were two entrepreneurs, Kevin and Doug. Both had just completed business school and were feeling proud of the MBAs they had earned. They had thought about careers in a traditional role, but with an entrepreneurial spirit burning away inside of them, they were both eager to put […]

Control Your Technology

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Excessive dependence on technology impacts stress, productivity and the environment The age of automation has us dependent on communications devices: desktops, laptops, Blackberries, cell phones, pen drives—the list goes on. Technology is a blessing and a curse: we are always available, always on call. We are always using energy. Research shows that employees spend an […]

New Employee Wellness Program

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Medisys Health Group, a Canadian provider of health-care and medical imaging services to corporations and individuals, has launched a comprehensive employee wellness program “FreshStart” as a compliment and natural extension to their existing corporate health services. FreshStart aims to help corporations decrease health-care-related costs, increase employee productivity and job satisfaction. The wellness program is also […]

Workers Cite Positive Career Impacts of Recession

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Nearly three-quarters of workers surveyed say that a recession can actually have some positive impact on their career. A survey of 457 workers by Accountemps, a financial temporary staffing firm in the U.S., reported that workers are gaining more from the experience than just managing to keep their jobs: 77% of respondents cite at least […]

4 Creative Businesses and Why They’re Ahead

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Why lean innovation works Organizations are spending less these days, but widespread cutbacks should not cause a slowdown in innovation in a company if the reductions are treated as inspiration for positive change, says an expert in operations and technology at the Queen’s School of Business in Kingston, Ont. “Creative organizations can be lean too, […]