What I Think: Svetlana’s Story

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This year I really enjoyed the awards ceremony where Your Workplace delivers recognition to worthy companies by presenting the Top Workplaces

YW Interview: Eric Gales

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What Makes Microsoft Canada a #1 Place to Work? President Eric Gales reveals the keys to their success  Microsoft Canada was recently ranked number one for large organizations with 1000+ employees by Great Place to Work® Institute. At our annual conference entitled “Secrets of a Thriving Workplace”, Microsoft Canada’s President Eric Gales expressed his joy […]

Conference 2011!

Eric Gales at the 2011 "Your Workplace" Confrence. Photo courtesy of Gary Roork.

Our annual conference this year was an inspiring and informative one, full of top-notch speakers from leading organizations. “Magnetize yourself through your story,” “keep your flame burning brightly”, “be a partner”, “assume a Gen-Y state of mind” and “train to win” were just some of the entertaining words of wisdom from motivational speaker Mike Lipkin, […]

Salut! Four Workplaces Win “Thrive” Award Best Workplaces In Canada Recognized

Attendees of the 2011 Top Workplaces Where Employees Thrive Awards. Photo courtesy of Gary Roork.

This year four organizations caught our attention for our annual Top Workplaces Where Employees Thrive awards. Organizations eligible to win (only four were awarded in Canada this year) create environments where workers feel their input and effort is valued and respected. They also follow five criteria, originally developed by Dr. Sandy Cotton, who taught leadership […]

Working With — Not Against — Social Media

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Businesses need to revise privacy agreements  Confidentiality and privacy at work might be a matter of keeping private matters private, or simply ensuring no one is slagging you to potential customers. But protecting privacy can be even more essential if you have information that you don’t want to fall into the hands of competitors, or […]

Diamond In The Buff

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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it  For years, I’ve gone from pillar to post trying to improve myself. I considered myself a starter home. A fixer-upper. I was under construction so much I needed a building permit. I was always in search of the next book, the next DVD, class or teacher because I […]

Creating A Culture of Respect

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Human needs have not changed, despite the evolution of the modern workplace  When the pressure is on, you begin to notice that the people you work with change. The work demands placed on individuals influences how they behave. This affects their relationships. And so you begin to experience the domino effect that your fast-paced work […]

Canadian Workers Lag Behind Other Countries In Using Social Media For Professional Advantages

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While Canadian employees use social media primarily for personal purposes, employees from other countries use it to promote their professional profiles and gain business opportunities and knowledge  Canadians are heavy users of social media for personal purposes but lag behind other countries when it comes to using social media for professional purposes, according to findings […]

Poor Work-Life Balance In UK Means One In Three Relationships Suffer

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Nearly one in three people in the United Kingdom (UK) have been in a relationship that has suffered because of work pressures, according to a recent poll released by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), a British organization for health and safety professionals. The poll explored how a poor work-life balance can drive […]

New Access Standards Will Impact Ontario Businesses

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Businesses required to formulate accessibility plans and deliver staff training  The Ontario government is about to change the way workplaces in the province operate with sweeping legislation governing accessibility standards for the disabled. The new mandatory changes will impact almost every business in the province, but many aren’t aware of it. And no one is […]