Bad, Baaad Chair!

A very sore lower back has reminded me of an article I wrote several years back on that seemingly innocent piece of office equipment, your chair. Simply put, too much sitting, in spite of your regular exercise and healthy eating, can still cause your butt and waistline to expand their horizons. This is not to…

Define Your Future: 5 Essential Elements

In today’s hectic world, workplace deadlines and personal responsibilities can often leave you feeling ragged and with little time for yourself. And yet, your ability to lead and manage at work is greatly affected by your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. If you are tired of feeling like you’re not giving or getting the best…

5 Reasons to Take Your Vacation This Summer

Are you under the assumption that you’re indispensable at work?  That, in your absence, everything will fall apart at the office?  Well, it won’t. While you may make lots of amazing contributions to the company, not taking regular vacations is unhealthy for you, office morale and the company’s growth.  In fact, by taking time away,…

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…