Vera Asanin

Vera Asanin

Vera Asanin is award-winning and the Editor-in-Chief for Your Workplace. She is a published author of hundreds of articles, and a professional speaker at international events. Vera is inspiring and passionate, and she’s also on a mission to make work better.

What I Think: Make Like a Turkey and Fly

The importance of transforming knowledge into habit

Languishing: The “Blah” You’re Feeling

Languishing is the oft overlooked middle child of mental health. This feeling is common, and it might be the dominant emotion of 2021.

What I Think: Coffee Break? More Like Coffee Broken

Much of our world as we know it is changing. You have to keep up or fall behind - it's your choice.

What I Think: Leading From Bed

A good night’s sleep is more than a tagline in a TV ad. It’s the path to good leadership and happier employees.

What I Think: No Action Plan Required

Stumped, flummoxed, puzzled, confused — all relevant and relatable words in my current state. Except I had no idea why I was feeling this way.

What I Think: The Bigger Picture

By arranging the pieces necessary to meet the challenges of the new workplace, greater opportunity will come into focus

What I Think: Step into My Office

Never did I believe we would move away from the Canadian fixation on talking about the weather. Our standard conversational greeting — “Hey, how are you? How’s the weather?” 

What I Think: The Times They Are A-Changin’

People say they like change, but they don’t. Most people like routine, organization and to know they have some form of control over their lives.

What I Think: Follow the Leader?

It was Rob Elkington, President and CEO of Global leadership Initiatives Inc., who inspired me to shift perspective.

What I Think: An Incomplete Truth

Recently I had the pleasure of visiting two workplaces in Toronto, both of whom have significantly changed their physical work environments: Sun Life Financial’s new office building on York Street and Scotiabank’s new ecosystems design on Yonge Street.

What I Think: When Cities Lead the Charge for Inclusion

Although it may not be well known, I have never hidden the fact that I am not a big social person. I would rather hunker down at my desk doing work or head home to do “stuff” than go out and connect with people.

What I Think: Come Together

As I sat down in the chair waiting for my appointment to begin, my hairstylist recounted the time he participated in the Gay Pride parade, in our hometown,

What I Think: What I Did on My Summer Vacation—I Unplugged

The way we work is changing, and while it is exciting to experience these changes, workloads continue to increase, placing even more pressure on workers.

What I Think: Work-Life Balance Is Obsolete

For years, Your Workplace has touted the importance of work-life balance. We even made it part of our corporate values statement. If balancing work on the one hand

What I Think: The Power of Giving Thanks

By showing appreciation and giving thanks at work, we boost performance, increase engagement and make ourselves feel good in the process.

What I Think: Multi-Tasking: Is it Good for our Psyche?

The case for focussing on one thing at a time.

What I Think: Where Complacency Rules

The Wells Fargo scandal shows how complacency leads to a toxic culture.

What I Think: A Lesson Learned from my Mother-in-Law

How an 86-year old woman made me rethink the concept of work culture.

What I Think: Ordinary Jobs…

As I ponder the idea of loving your job, I feel compelled to compare it to loving others in general.

What I Think: Culture Touchstones

Learn from the core lessons of culture found inside your home.

What I Think: Measure the Intangible

We need to turn the idea of performance measurement on its head.

What I Think: Be Well For You

One of the television shows that I like to watch is NBC’s Biggest Loser. I find it inspiring to watch people who have lost control of at least one aspect of their life,

What I Think: Emotions—Do They Work For You?

“Get it together” my colleague said to me. “Wipe your eyes and pretend nothing happened. You know you shouldn’t be upset at work.” Although I do not recall the situation

What I Think: The “Imperfect” Employee

While I was in a grocery store I overheard a father say to his young son, “You are perfect just the way you are”. For a moment I thought he was talking to me.

What I Think: Changing Thoughts and Behaviour, One Page at a Time

I started doing something new. Well, it’s not actually new to me, it just feels like I am going to see results this time. Have you ever started a journal and actually wanted to continue writing in it?

What I Think: Svetlana’s Story

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

What I Think: Our Stuff Is Meaningful

This is difficult … writing about something that I wished never happened. I am smart enough to know that not talking about it doesn’t mean it never occurred. Yet avoidance feels better,

What I Think: The Turtle Or The Hare

It was 10:21 am. My mind was meandering: first to planned destinations — preparing my shopping list for dinner, updating my to-do list, picking lint from my skirt

What I Think: Good Intentions Aren’t Enough

The road to hell is paved with good intentions,” my boss yelled at me over the phone. I don’t remember what I did to cause her wrath that day years ago.

What I Think: Taking Notice

A compliment for work well done, a note of thanks, a well-earned perk—all of these sweeten the work experience and motivate us to excel.

What I Think: Clash of Style

Sometimes it seems that we believe that the role of managing people is far more difficult than it needs to be. Recently, I received confirmation that a

What I Think: Strengthen Strengths Not Weaknesses

The memory is still vivid for me. I walked into my boss’s office for my performance appraisal. I was ready for the discussion, because I knew I had really performed well.

What I Think: Different Viewpoints

I enjoy the summer for lots of reasons, particularly because I make the effort to reconnect with girl friends and sports. It is always fun–full of stories, lies,

What I Think: Whose Loss Is That?

A business acquaintance called me at the office the other day. It was just after 8 a.m. She called to let me know she had been terminated from her job.

What I Think: Freedom of Choice

CBC called recently. They wanted my reaction to the news that Ontario intends to end the practice of mandatory retirement. My response in a nutshell:

What I Think: Bill C-45 and the Westray Tragedy

On October 31, Martin Cauchon, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, welcomed the passage of Bill C-45. This legislation, which helps ensure

What I Think: Making Change, One Goal at a Time

I am of two minds when it comes to making personal changes in life: Don’t do it because it's too painful; do it because change will ultimately benefit you. Mmmm. Sounds like fence-sitting to me.

What I Think: A Leader To Follow

In my last column about personal growth and how it fits into our workplaces today, I promised to look at whether the leadership of today is in sync with a more intuitive, spiritual way of being.

What I Think: A Million-Dollar Question

I was kayaking and enjoying the beautiful autumn colours with a friend recently. I was in the moment, fully aware that I would not be able to paddle the lake again until next year.

What I Think: Be Careful Who You Sleep With

A harmonious working environment, and true progress to prosperity in your organization requires that we must all work together...

What I Think: The Intangible Ingredients of a Perfect Cup of Coffee

Imagine the results you could attain if everything you did had the additional ingredients of care and love when preparing it.

What I Think: Silence …Just the Way I Like It

The sounds of nature are enough music for me

What I Think: The Art of Purging

Recently I was asked what I enjoy most about holiday time. Other than the most obvious responses

What I Think: Make Like a Turkey and Fly

The importance of transforming knowledge into habit

Languishing: The “Blah” You’re Feeling

Languishing is the oft overlooked middle child of mental health. This feeling is common, and it might be the dominant emotion of 2021.

What I Think: Coffee Break? More Like Coffee Broken

Much of our world as we know it is changing. You have to keep up or fall behind - it's your choice.

What I Think: Leading From Bed

A good night’s sleep is more than a tagline in a TV ad. It’s the path to good leadership and happier employees.

What I Think: No Action Plan Required

Stumped, flummoxed, puzzled, confused — all relevant and relatable words in my current state. Except I had no idea why I was feeling this way.

What I Think: The Bigger Picture

By arranging the pieces necessary to meet the challenges of the new workplace, greater opportunity will come into focus

What I Think: Step into My Office

Never did I believe we would move away from the Canadian fixation on talking about the weather. Our standard conversational greeting — “Hey, how are you? How’s the weather?” 

What I Think: The Times They Are A-Changin’

People say they like change, but they don’t. Most people like routine, organization and to know they have some form of control over their lives.

What I Think: Follow the Leader?

It was Rob Elkington, President and CEO of Global leadership Initiatives Inc., who inspired me to shift perspective.

What I Think: An Incomplete Truth

Recently I had the pleasure of visiting two workplaces in Toronto, both of whom have significantly changed their physical work environments: Sun Life Financial’s new office building on York Street and Scotiabank’s new ecosystems design on Yonge Street.

What I Think: When Cities Lead the Charge for Inclusion

Although it may not be well known, I have never hidden the fact that I am not a big social person. I would rather hunker down at my desk doing work or head home to do “stuff” than go out and connect with people.

What I Think: Come Together

As I sat down in the chair waiting for my appointment to begin, my hairstylist recounted the time he participated in the Gay Pride parade, in our hometown,

What I Think: What I Did on My Summer Vacation—I Unplugged

The way we work is changing, and while it is exciting to experience these changes, workloads continue to increase, placing even more pressure on workers.

What I Think: Work-Life Balance Is Obsolete

For years, Your Workplace has touted the importance of work-life balance. We even made it part of our corporate values statement. If balancing work on the one hand

What I Think: The Power of Giving Thanks

By showing appreciation and giving thanks at work, we boost performance, increase engagement and make ourselves feel good in the process.

What I Think: Multi-Tasking: Is it Good for our Psyche?

The case for focussing on one thing at a time.

What I Think: Where Complacency Rules

The Wells Fargo scandal shows how complacency leads to a toxic culture.

What I Think: A Lesson Learned from my Mother-in-Law

How an 86-year old woman made me rethink the concept of work culture.

What I Think: Ordinary Jobs…

As I ponder the idea of loving your job, I feel compelled to compare it to loving others in general.

What I Think: Culture Touchstones

Learn from the core lessons of culture found inside your home.

What I Think: Measure the Intangible

We need to turn the idea of performance measurement on its head.

What I Think: Be Well For You

One of the television shows that I like to watch is NBC’s Biggest Loser. I find it inspiring to watch people who have lost control of at least one aspect of their life,

What I Think: Emotions—Do They Work For You?

“Get it together” my colleague said to me. “Wipe your eyes and pretend nothing happened. You know you shouldn’t be upset at work.” Although I do not recall the situation

What I Think: The “Imperfect” Employee

While I was in a grocery store I overheard a father say to his young son, “You are perfect just the way you are”. For a moment I thought he was talking to me.

What I Think: Changing Thoughts and Behaviour, One Page at a Time

I started doing something new. Well, it’s not actually new to me, it just feels like I am going to see results this time. Have you ever started a journal and actually wanted to continue writing in it?

What I Think: Svetlana’s Story

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

What I Think: Our Stuff Is Meaningful

This is difficult … writing about something that I wished never happened. I am smart enough to know that not talking about it doesn’t mean it never occurred. Yet avoidance feels better,

What I Think: The Turtle Or The Hare

It was 10:21 am. My mind was meandering: first to planned destinations — preparing my shopping list for dinner, updating my to-do list, picking lint from my skirt

What I Think: Good Intentions Aren’t Enough

The road to hell is paved with good intentions,” my boss yelled at me over the phone. I don’t remember what I did to cause her wrath that day years ago.

What I Think: Taking Notice

A compliment for work well done, a note of thanks, a well-earned perk—all of these sweeten the work experience and motivate us to excel.

What I Think: Clash of Style

Sometimes it seems that we believe that the role of managing people is far more difficult than it needs to be. Recently, I received confirmation that a

What I Think: Strengthen Strengths Not Weaknesses

The memory is still vivid for me. I walked into my boss’s office for my performance appraisal. I was ready for the discussion, because I knew I had really performed well.

What I Think: Different Viewpoints

I enjoy the summer for lots of reasons, particularly because I make the effort to reconnect with girl friends and sports. It is always fun–full of stories, lies,

What I Think: Whose Loss Is That?

A business acquaintance called me at the office the other day. It was just after 8 a.m. She called to let me know she had been terminated from her job.

What I Think: Freedom of Choice

CBC called recently. They wanted my reaction to the news that Ontario intends to end the practice of mandatory retirement. My response in a nutshell:

What I Think: Bill C-45 and the Westray Tragedy

On October 31, Martin Cauchon, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, welcomed the passage of Bill C-45. This legislation, which helps ensure

What I Think: Making Change, One Goal at a Time

I am of two minds when it comes to making personal changes in life: Don’t do it because it's too painful; do it because change will ultimately benefit you. Mmmm. Sounds like fence-sitting to me.

What I Think: A Leader To Follow

In my last column about personal growth and how it fits into our workplaces today, I promised to look at whether the leadership of today is in sync with a more intuitive, spiritual way of being.

What I Think: A Million-Dollar Question

I was kayaking and enjoying the beautiful autumn colours with a friend recently. I was in the moment, fully aware that I would not be able to paddle the lake again until next year.

What I Think: Be Careful Who You Sleep With

A harmonious working environment, and true progress to prosperity in your organization requires that we must all work together...

What I Think: The Intangible Ingredients of a Perfect Cup of Coffee

Imagine the results you could attain if everything you did had the additional ingredients of care and love when preparing it.

What I Think: Silence …Just the Way I Like It

The sounds of nature are enough music for me

What I Think: The Art of Purging

Recently I was asked what I enjoy most about holiday time. Other than the most obvious responses
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