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Leadership the Key to Stay at Home Policies

A lack of leadership and poor decisions are not what we need in this time of personal sacrifice worldwide

Relocation is Getting More Popular: Survey

The pandemic has caused us to change in many ways. The opportunities it has created are also being capitalized on, moving included.

Innovation While Working from Home is Lacking

Even though productivity has remained robust while working from home, innovation, sadly, has not. Find out why and what to do about it.

Wellness and Pensions: They’re Not That Far Apart

Employee status can change during a pandemic, and managing benefits has to change with it.

Making Lemonade Out of Lemons

Companies faced with difficulty during COVID-19 are coming out on top with innovation and creativity.

How Working from Home is Killing Food Workers

Financial hardship in restaurant industry due in part to COVID-19 work-from-home arrangements.

Retirement Planning Causing Stress to Canadian Workers: Survey

More than half of retirement plan participants show at least medium levels of stress during COVID-19 times, with 28% coming in extremely stressed.

All the Fun and No Mess

Having a party or holiday gettogether during COVID is easier with the help of some companies and ideas contained within this article.

How Pensions Can Affect Change

A new declaration of pension plans aims to integrate diversity and inclusion into their investment process.

What is a She-cession?

Earlier this fall, the Liberal government’s Speech from the Throne outlined new programs and wage subsidy assistance in light of how deeply the COVID crisis is affecting the economy (and will likely do so for some time).

Confidence of Women During Disruption

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 daily lives.

Building Solidarity with Kindfulness

The past few months have been trying, to say the least. Isolation has left us homesick in a whole new way: rather than striving to get home, we are struggling to find ways to get out.

A Promising Start

Across the country, people are slowly emerging from seclusion to nervously venture out into the unknown. Eager for food and drink, companionship and haircuts, they are like cave people returning to the blinding light of public life.

The Sound of Healing Anxiety through Music

Are you in a bad mood? Maybe you had a bad day at work dealing with difficult clients or coworkers. Maybe you’re feeling stressed because your boss has overloaded your schedule.

Younger Generations Move Away from the Gig Economy

In an ever-turbulent world, our younger generations are seeking out predictability in work and moving away from the “gig” economy

Is a College Degree Really Worth It?

When the economy is good, trade and manufacturing jobs are in abundance and college degrees may be less necessary

Manage Overwhelm to Eliminate It

Everyday chaos seems to be a constant in many of our workplaces. It’s not unrealistic to expect unnecessary interruptions, messy meetings, technological failure and overall disorganization on a daily basis.

7 Tips to Run an Effective Recognition Program

Thinking about starting an employee recognition program in your company? Or just looking to revamp the one you already have? An effective employee recognition program should contain these seven elements:

Biting the Hand that Feeds

When it comes to business, or any work for that matter, you can’t always fake it till you make it. Lying on your résumé can lead to the loss of a new job. Budgeting outside of reality can financially cripple a company.

Building a Business Continuity Plan

A business continuity plan is a plan that describes how an organization will continue to function during or after an emergency, disaster or event. It involves planning how your key services or products can be continued and the recovery of key business and systems.

Healthy Foods Boost Brain Health

Studies are finding healthy foods can positively affect brain health and the ability to function.

The Need for Name-Blind Hiring

Would you be more likely to hire a Greg Johnson than a Xuiying Zhang? Find out why name-blind hiring is a no-brainer.

The Charles Schulz Philosophy

Consider these words of wisdom from Peanuts creator Charles Schulz.

Mentoring Immigrants Can Make a Difference

Skilled immigrants are highly educated, but may not know how to sell their skills. Mentoring immigrants can help.

International Code To Address Workplace Stress And Violence

In view of the widespread impact of violence and stress at work, the International Labor Organization (ILO) convened a meeting to adopt a code of practice.

Production of Cigarettes: Are Fewer Canadians Smoking?

Total cigarettes sold in December by Canadian manufacturers decreased 9% from November to 3.1 billion cigarettes.

Retention Questions To Ask Employees

Smart organizations regularly take the temperature of their employees as well as customers as part of their retention strategy. In Harvard Management Update,

Rankism: The Abuse of Rank

In the attempts to overcome racism and sexism, there is another kind of discrimination being overlooked: the abuse of rank.

Community Sculpture

A sculptural installation to commemorate organizational change? Say what? It’s true: Sun Life Financial commissioned a piece of corporate art to mark its merger with Clarica Life Insurance. However,

Another View On The Future Of Work

A survey of 500 Canadian human resources professionals on the Future of Work suggests that, in 10 years, the most employable people will be those who have graduated university,

Pursuit of the Scent Free Workplace

Health-care activists around the world have mobilized in a global effort to ban the use of scents and fragrances in public places. In North America alone ,

Wellness: The Vitamin D-Fence

If you've seen the many recent headlines claiming that "sunlight may prevent cancer," you probably wonder if the world isn't going crazy. Sun exposure causes skin cancer, so how can this be?

The Income Tax: A Noble Beginning

No reasonable citizen will argue against the notion that it is a civic obligation to provide financial support for the services provided by national, provincial and municipal governments.

Fun With Stats

(From Precarious Employment in the Canadian Labour Market: A Statistical Portrait by Cynthia J. Cranford of the University of Toronto, Mississauga, Leah F. Vosko of York University,

Guidelines for Holding “Circle Conversations”

Even without holding a full-scale OST event, you can use the “circle” as part of your organizational strategy for engaging employees and for creating the important conversations that will move your organization forward.

Mirror, Mirror on the Web

ALTHOUGH SOME DUB IT “egosurfing,” others call it a wise career move to conduct a web search to see what information about you is available online. After all, what is visible to you also is visible to potential employers.

Pick Your Team: A Sports Team

With most summer vacations a mere fond memory, everyone is settling back into routine for the coming fall. Why not shake things up in your workplace by getting a team together

5 S’s to Reduce Stress?

STUDIES SHOW THAT ONE IN THREE people in Canada are living with job-related stress, with an estimated $1.7 billion of work time lost annually because of stress.

Defining the What, Why and How of Employee Engagement

TYPE THE WORDS “EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT” into Google and you will get more than 10,300,000 hits in less than 0.15 seconds. Run the same search on Amazon.

Keep your Greatest Asset

Employees are the best source of cost-saving ideas

Workplace Trends A Wake-Up Call To Leaders

29% of employees open to looking elsewhere

Healthy Work Environments Win

Canadian companies honoured for energy conservation

Employee Engagement

Canadian managers held more accountable than U.S. managers

Leadership the Key to Stay at Home Policies

A lack of leadership and poor decisions are not what we need in this time of personal sacrifice worldwide

Relocation is Getting More Popular: Survey

The pandemic has caused us to change in many ways. The opportunities it has created are also being capitalized on, moving included.

Innovation While Working from Home is Lacking

Even though productivity has remained robust while working from home, innovation, sadly, has not. Find out why and what to do about it.

Wellness and Pensions: They’re Not That Far Apart

Employee status can change during a pandemic, and managing benefits has to change with it.

Making Lemonade Out of Lemons

Companies faced with difficulty during COVID-19 are coming out on top with innovation and creativity.

How Working from Home is Killing Food Workers

Financial hardship in restaurant industry due in part to COVID-19 work-from-home arrangements.

Retirement Planning Causing Stress to Canadian Workers: Survey

More than half of retirement plan participants show at least medium levels of stress during COVID-19 times, with 28% coming in extremely stressed.

All the Fun and No Mess

Having a party or holiday gettogether during COVID is easier with the help of some companies and ideas contained within this article.

How Pensions Can Affect Change

A new declaration of pension plans aims to integrate diversity and inclusion into their investment process.

What is a She-cession?

Earlier this fall, the Liberal government’s Speech from the Throne outlined new programs and wage subsidy assistance in light of how deeply the COVID crisis is affecting the economy (and will likely do so for some time).

Confidence of Women During Disruption

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 daily lives.

Building Solidarity with Kindfulness

The past few months have been trying, to say the least. Isolation has left us homesick in a whole new way: rather than striving to get home, we are struggling to find ways to get out.

A Promising Start

Across the country, people are slowly emerging from seclusion to nervously venture out into the unknown. Eager for food and drink, companionship and haircuts, they are like cave people returning to the blinding light of public life.

The Sound of Healing Anxiety through Music

Are you in a bad mood? Maybe you had a bad day at work dealing with difficult clients or coworkers. Maybe you’re feeling stressed because your boss has overloaded your schedule.

Younger Generations Move Away from the Gig Economy

In an ever-turbulent world, our younger generations are seeking out predictability in work and moving away from the “gig” economy

Is a College Degree Really Worth It?

When the economy is good, trade and manufacturing jobs are in abundance and college degrees may be less necessary

Manage Overwhelm to Eliminate It

Everyday chaos seems to be a constant in many of our workplaces. It’s not unrealistic to expect unnecessary interruptions, messy meetings, technological failure and overall disorganization on a daily basis.

7 Tips to Run an Effective Recognition Program

Thinking about starting an employee recognition program in your company? Or just looking to revamp the one you already have? An effective employee recognition program should contain these seven elements:

Biting the Hand that Feeds

When it comes to business, or any work for that matter, you can’t always fake it till you make it. Lying on your résumé can lead to the loss of a new job. Budgeting outside of reality can financially cripple a company.

Building a Business Continuity Plan

A business continuity plan is a plan that describes how an organization will continue to function during or after an emergency, disaster or event. It involves planning how your key services or products can be continued and the recovery of key business and systems.

Healthy Foods Boost Brain Health

Studies are finding healthy foods can positively affect brain health and the ability to function.

The Need for Name-Blind Hiring

Would you be more likely to hire a Greg Johnson than a Xuiying Zhang? Find out why name-blind hiring is a no-brainer.

The Charles Schulz Philosophy

Consider these words of wisdom from Peanuts creator Charles Schulz.

Mentoring Immigrants Can Make a Difference

Skilled immigrants are highly educated, but may not know how to sell their skills. Mentoring immigrants can help.

International Code To Address Workplace Stress And Violence

In view of the widespread impact of violence and stress at work, the International Labor Organization (ILO) convened a meeting to adopt a code of practice.

Production of Cigarettes: Are Fewer Canadians Smoking?

Total cigarettes sold in December by Canadian manufacturers decreased 9% from November to 3.1 billion cigarettes.

Retention Questions To Ask Employees

Smart organizations regularly take the temperature of their employees as well as customers as part of their retention strategy. In Harvard Management Update,

Rankism: The Abuse of Rank

In the attempts to overcome racism and sexism, there is another kind of discrimination being overlooked: the abuse of rank.

Community Sculpture

A sculptural installation to commemorate organizational change? Say what? It’s true: Sun Life Financial commissioned a piece of corporate art to mark its merger with Clarica Life Insurance. However,

Another View On The Future Of Work

A survey of 500 Canadian human resources professionals on the Future of Work suggests that, in 10 years, the most employable people will be those who have graduated university,

Pursuit of the Scent Free Workplace

Health-care activists around the world have mobilized in a global effort to ban the use of scents and fragrances in public places. In North America alone ,

Wellness: The Vitamin D-Fence

If you've seen the many recent headlines claiming that "sunlight may prevent cancer," you probably wonder if the world isn't going crazy. Sun exposure causes skin cancer, so how can this be?

The Income Tax: A Noble Beginning

No reasonable citizen will argue against the notion that it is a civic obligation to provide financial support for the services provided by national, provincial and municipal governments.

Fun With Stats

(From Precarious Employment in the Canadian Labour Market: A Statistical Portrait by Cynthia J. Cranford of the University of Toronto, Mississauga, Leah F. Vosko of York University,

Guidelines for Holding “Circle Conversations”

Even without holding a full-scale OST event, you can use the “circle” as part of your organizational strategy for engaging employees and for creating the important conversations that will move your organization forward.

Mirror, Mirror on the Web

ALTHOUGH SOME DUB IT “egosurfing,” others call it a wise career move to conduct a web search to see what information about you is available online. After all, what is visible to you also is visible to potential employers.

Pick Your Team: A Sports Team

With most summer vacations a mere fond memory, everyone is settling back into routine for the coming fall. Why not shake things up in your workplace by getting a team together

5 S’s to Reduce Stress?

STUDIES SHOW THAT ONE IN THREE people in Canada are living with job-related stress, with an estimated $1.7 billion of work time lost annually because of stress.

Defining the What, Why and How of Employee Engagement

TYPE THE WORDS “EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT” into Google and you will get more than 10,300,000 hits in less than 0.15 seconds. Run the same search on Amazon.

Keep your Greatest Asset

Employees are the best source of cost-saving ideas

Workplace Trends A Wake-Up Call To Leaders

29% of employees open to looking elsewhere

Healthy Work Environments Win

Canadian companies honoured for energy conservation

Employee Engagement

Canadian managers held more accountable than U.S. managers
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