Tackling Workplace Depression

Depression is widespread across North American workplaces and occurs at an alarming rate. It can affect men and women at any age, economic or social status. In both Canada and the US, depression tops the list of health-related productivity costs at work. While many employers understand the huge financial and human costs of depression, the big…

7 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Level of Engagement

Have you ever wondered who is responsible for employee engagement?  The reality is, everyone is responsible for employee engagement, including you.  Leaders do their part by ensuring they themselves are engaged and for creating a culture that promotes engagement.  HR is responsible for partnering with leaders to help them understand and support their employees’ development…

How Web Surfing Can Increase Productivity. Really.

From the file of WTH comes an interesting tidbit of research regarding surfing the web while on the job. Like many productivity minded bosses, you might think that such practices should be banned, similar to those ‘spandex’ days at work. In fact, while seeing your staff surfing the web might not make you happy, it…

6 Things You Need to Know About Behavior Change

Underlying most personal or leadership development efforts is the need to change some aspect of the way you do things. Whether it be learning to engage your team more effectively or improving how you handle difficult situations, some form of doing things differently on your part is par for the course. If you’re like many who venture down this road of self-awareness and growth, you may well underestimate just how difficult behavior change can be…and that can set you up for failure.

Jet Fuel for Creativity: Routine

It seems almost counter-intuitive. Routine is usually associated with boredom. In reality though, an underlay of routine in your day will spark your creativity muscle.  Having routines can help offset the anxiety and fear that often accompanies the uncertainty of the creative process. Routines, or ‘rituals’, as Jonathon Fields writes, can serve as “certainty anchors.”…