Flex Plans

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The future looks more flexible, with HR and benefits policies focused on employee mental health, virtual health care and financial well-being Employee benefits in 2021 will likely look significantly different than in 2020 or even 2019. The crisis marked a turning point, which is expected to propel employers, as well as the human resources and […]

Confidence of Women During Disruption

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Has COVID exposed the weakness in our support of women workers? If COVID has taught us anything, it’s that anything can happen at any time and that the future is never certain. Without even a moment’s notice, we can find ourselves suddenly facing something previously unimaginable. Risk and uncertainty have become ever-present aspects of our […]

Encouraging High Achieving Workers to Maximize their Potential

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“Tall Poppy Syndrome” has taken root in today’s workplace. What can HR and managers do to stop it? If a work colleague refers to you as a “tall poppy,” that means you stand out. You’re successful. Good news, right? Actually, this isn’t a compliment. In the eyes of some, high achievers — these tall poppies — are “cut down” […]

Appreciate Everyone in the Room

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A simple “thank you” might be all it takes to make strong connections In the midst of a global pandemic and social unrest, demonstrating our appreciation for those we have the privilege to work with each day is a powerful tool readily available to all. The current landscape has caused industries of all types to […]

Climate Dishes

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Passing the buck is no longer an option, but higher performance standards are, as companies tackle climate change Doing the dishes sucks. Entering the kitchen after a hard day’s work, it’s difficult enough to gather the energy needed to cook dinner, let alone clean up afterward. It’s okay to let the pots and pans, bowls […]

Employee Engagement in the Pandemic Age

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The pandemic is providing opportunities for employers to engage and re-engage with employees in new ways Employee engagement — the two words that sit atop all employers’ priority lists — has always come with challenges. Add in a global pandemic and its subsequent lockdowns, financial uncertainty and shifting workplaces, and the current challenges in keeping employees engaged are unparalleled. […]

What Goes Around

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Employee engagement is a two-way street for employers and employees My father spent his career working in a lab at a large multi-national corporation. His job was to design and build new products for market. The company would send him ideas and he would turn those ideas into reality. As a tech guy, it was […]

Taking a Stand and Sharing Responsibility

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Canadians are looking for more from corporate leaders Canadians, compared to citizens of other countries, are more engaged and appear to have more of a conscience when it comes to expectations of their government and corporate leaders. Some of us learn this anecdotally, when we travel around the world and profess our love for our […]

Workplace Culture is the Key to Increasing Engagement

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Making culture a key driver, rather than an afterthought, will ensure greater engagement If we want to propel our organizations forward — if we want to get the right amount of work done, in the right way, with the right amount of care — we must have high levels of employee engagement. Most leaders within organizations understand the importance […]

Boosting Performance During COVID-19

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As a former player, coach and now an author of leadership books, Ryan Walter distills hockey greatness into wisdom that applies to us all. If you’re feeling your business might be about to go into sudden-death overtime, here are some insights to help you stay in the zone when the pressure is highest. 1. Spend more […]