The Worry Epidemic Saps Profits

It didn’t surprise me several years back when the latest edition of Maclean’s, a current affairs magazine from Canada, landed on my doorstep with the headliner, “The New Worry Epidemic”.  It seemed the pressure to perform was hitting everyone, including our children.  Unfortunately, little has changed for the good. Within the corporate realm, there is…

The 6 Best Things You Can Do for Your Employees this Holiday Season

Thinking of what to give your employees this Holiday Season?  Want something that will be appreciated, keep you happy, and boost the bottom line?  If so, you might want to go beyond the gift certificate, club membership or bonus approach.  While thoughtful, and useful, these gifts can be fleeting in impact.  What they’ll really appreciate…

Wellbeing: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

It’s the time of year when our thoughts turn to goodwill, friends, family – to what matters most. As business owners and leaders, it’s also a great time to reflect on the overall well-being of your organization’s people.  Do you know how they’re feeling about their circumstances and how well are they managing things outside…

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…

Mindfulness and The Bottom Line

I’ve spoken about this in the past: that there seems to be an unnatural schism between two very interdependent realms, as if they were completely separate. I’m talking of course about the hard-nosed world of quarterly earnings reports, beating growth expectations, and focusing on the bottom line. The other sphere involves the growing awareness of…

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…

Work-life Balance & Stress: The Leader’s Role

Despite all the warnings, across North America it appears our jobs are continuing to get the better of us. Rising levels of stress and off-kilter work life balance is exacting a pretty harsh toll. Despite billions lost to absenteeism, turnover, disability, insurance costs, workplace accidents, violence, workers compensation, lawsuits and the costs related to replacing…