Time to Play: 7 Reasons Why You Need To Answer the Call

Having spent a sun soaked Canada Day long weekend boating off a nearby coastal island we came back to Vancouver to a neighborhood street party. Folks of all ages, many new to the ‘hood, had gathered, and the BBQ was pumping out all sorts of deliciousness. Within moments all the kids were off rollicking and…

5 Ways to NOT Be The Reason Why Your Good Employees Leave

Have you ever lost a star performer to a competitor or another company? If yes, then you know the pain. Should you write this off to circumstances beyond your control? Definitely not. Fully 94% of employees leave because of a poor relationship with their direct manager…and not because of the pull of a better offer…

The Goods: Engagement, Wellbeing & Business Success

What could be better? Yet more studies showing the links between employee wellbeing, engagement and business success… be still my beating heart! In study after study after study, having high levels of wellbeing has been shown to be good for people – and their employers. Yet despite the burgeoning global research in this area, it’s…

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The Goods: How to Increase Workplace Productivity (Hint: Happiness)

The chorus is growing. Happy people are more creative and productive. Recent work by noted psychologist and organizational expert Daniel Gilbert adds yet more heft.  The problem is that many managers believe that you have to keep people “on their toes,” perhaps even anxious about their job to make them more productive. Fact is that…

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Global Shake-up & Green Shoots of Change

Looking back, its been quite the year.  Across the planet seeds of change appear to be taking hold. From the occupy movements and political uprisings like the Arab Spring, to eurozone meltdowns, to American political and economic strife, financial markets are trembling and geopolitical shifts are taking shape. Amongst all the tumult and perhaps because…

Millennials to the Workplace Rescue

In reviewing some recent and depressing occupational health stats, I recalled the inspiration I felt after a particular discussion forum I did with Beijing Olympic Gold medalist Ben Rutledge.  A few years back Ben and I spoke to a group of young university alumni regarding goal setting and career choice.  I recall coming away pumped…