Are your employees afraid to speak up?

Amidst the recent high-profile scandal of misconduct by a person in power, many organizations are having the conversation about creating a culture where employees feel safe in speaking up. The repercussions of not speaking up can have far-reaching impacts – systemic problems in organizations as well as long-term stress and health/mental health concerns for employees. In organizations that have created …

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It’s easy to be kind

Being kind is an often-overlooked behaviour in the workplace, but one that research suggests would lead the ‘givers’ of kindness to have lower stress levels and a greater feeling of happiness.  According to Dr. Stephen Post, author of How to Live a Longer, Happier, Healthier Life by the Simple Act of Giving, being kind leads ‘givers’ to be healthier and …

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Compelling reasons to engage and retain ‘older’ workers

As much as we should treat all our employees equally, there are some pretty compelling reasons why we might want to place some extra effort into engaging and retaining an ‘older’ workforce. It’s not only about providing a workplace that is supportive and inclusive, it’s also about valuing older workers and recognizing what they bring to organizations – including the …

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Positive leaders shape a culture of positivity

Leaders at all levels play a crucial role in shaping healthy cultures.  Last month, we provided some action steps leaders can take to help improve the psychological health of their organizations and, thus, the mental health of their employees.  But are there specific traits that stand out about leaders who create healthy cultures? Integrity?  Yes, for sure.  Compassion?  Of course.  …

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Character cultures are psychologically healthier workplaces

If your organization is invested in having productive employees who can realize their potential and contribute fully to organizational success, then their mental health is of paramount importance. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, mental health problems and illnesses among working adults in Canada cost employers more than $6 billion (2011) in lost productivity from absenteeism, ‘presenteeism’ and …

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Increased engagement drives increased performance

For decades, organizations seeking to improve their results have targeted enhanced performance management.  But traditional performance management processes aren’t leading to increased results.  Why is that?  Is there a better way? In their paper, Performance management and employee engagement, Jamie A. Gruman and Alan M. Saks argued that fostering employee engagement is a far better way to achieve higher levels …

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Mindful tips to stay aligned with your intended character

One thing we know is that change is constant – we’re all dealing with it and are impacted by it.  A year ago, when it seemed that our world was so turbulent, our November 2015 blog provided strategies for self-management to help be the change you want to see. We focused primarily on ‘outward’ behaviour and communication. A year later, …

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Candour without character is not desirable

Is candour one of the keys to achieving organizational greatness?   We might quickly respond: yes of course!  However, we may need to stop and think about the fact that candour without character could lead to a culture where leaders are not trusted and actually impede an organization’s ability to achieve success.  Candour, as defined online (dictionary.com) is the state or …

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One-on-one coaching builds trust and results

The processes we engage in at work often just ‘feel right’ and we have a pretty good sense they are working well and producing results.  But we don’t always look to research to validate our feelings, nor do we put a system in place to measure what we do.  Many leaders spend time coaching their direct reports ‘one-on-one’, but don’t …

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Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…if you follow these tips

  ‘Summertime’ is an old jazz favourite of mine, sung by Ella Fitzgerald. It gets me thinking about what we can do to really make the livin’ easy while we’re on vacation.  Most of us crave a vacation, but we may not think enough about how to really prepare for it and enjoy it to the fullest. If you’re getting …

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