Canada Productivity

Four Reasons Why Your Next Phone Should Be a Phablet

Matthew Held | Posted 11.06.2014 | Canada Business
Matthew Held

A phablet is a device that combines a smartphone and a tablet with a screen size between five and seven inches. International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that sales of phablets will surpass that of PCs and tablets in the next two years.

Make Sure 21st Century Leadership Is Human

Thomas Gelmi | Posted 10.23.2014 | Canada Business
Thomas Gelmi

Employees are expected to perform -- no doubt about that. But how well do leaders make use of their competencies and behavior to create the ideal circumstances and fertile ground for optimal performance?

How To Narrow Canada's Productivity Gap

Mary Donohue | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

Senior leaders of organizations are too engaged, meaning they question change. Although engagement is great, it often leads to reluctance to change and unwillingness to participate in and with the unfamiliar. These feelings are often accompanied by a sense of burnout or tiredness, causing leaders to be very cautious about executive leadership and new initiatives.

Five Ways To Keep Your Tone In Check When Writing Business Emails

Matthew Held | Posted 10.09.2014 | Canada Business
Matthew Held

Shipley and Schwalbe provide an email exchange example between a lawyer in London, England and a secretary that got published in British newspapers. The lawyer, who specializes in computer law and electronic commerce, had lunch with a secretary at their law firm. The secretary accidentally spilled ketchup on his pants.

How to Stop, Breathe and Find Mindful Productivity

Paula Pyne | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Living
Paula Pyne

I happily stumbled across a post, on how to save time by doing less. I am all about doing more with less and exploring ways to simplify. It's what I practice and preach. This list resonated with me and serves as an excellent reminder to be the best you can be and focus on your priorities, what really matters.

Workplaces Must Shift Their Thinking About Mental Health

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

In Canada, mental illness carries a cost to the economy of over $50 billion annually. The number of people missing work due to a mental illness is 500,000 on any given day. When people with mental illness work in supportive environments their quality of life improves.

1 In 4 Canadians Fear They'll Lose Job To Technology

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 09.04.2014 | Canada Business

One in four Canadians fear they could lose their job to technology in the next few years, according to a survey from recruitment firm Randstad. But...

If You Want Better Business Solutions, Take More Vacations

Matthew Held | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Business
Matthew Held

People working overtime without breaks often reach a point of diminishing returns. Air traffic controllers and other high-attention jobs usually require frequent breaks to maintain performance. The next time you are struggling to solve a problem, consider switching off.

Canada Should Catch This Economic Wave

Peter Hall | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Canada has huge potential and great planet-wide visibility as the global investment wave builds. In the time that it takes for the wave to crest, it will be important for companies, institutions and analysts to position ourselves to catch this one as best we possibly can.

Canada Day: What Does the Colour Red Mean to You?

Shannon Skinner | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

This Canada Day has given me more than a reason to pause and celebrate. With all the waving of "red and white," it reminds me of how colour impacts our daily lives. In honour of Canada Day, let's take a look at the colour red and its impact on our culture.

How Do You Recharge Your Batteries?

Dr. Sara T | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada Alberta
Dr. Sara T

Do you ever feel guilty just picking up a book and sitting on the couch in the middle of the day? I most certainly do. Why is it that we always feel we have to be doing something? Probably because there is always something that could be done.

Quebec's Health Care Workers Should Be Better Paid

Jeff Begley | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada
Jeff Begley

Citing the alarming state of Québec's public finances, Conseil du trésor chair Martin Coiteux warned that the remuneration of government employees might well be tied to their productivity in the very near future. There's no denying that in terms of public costs, Québec's health-care system has the best performance in the country. So why are workers in the field of health not better paid?

10 Morning Tips to Increase Your Productivity

Dr Mike Hart | Posted 07.05.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Mike Hart

Your morning routine can ultimately determine your overall productivity. People who start off their day in a systematic stress-free manner are generally very productive people. Below is a list of 10 steps I use every morning to help increase my productivity.

9 Ways To Be Super Productive By Lunch

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Living

If your daily morning routine includes constant yawning and a strong cup of coffee, getting through that morning chunk before lunch can feel like a ch...

Companies Need Better Leaders

Thomas Gelmi | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada Business
Thomas Gelmi

Leading people is often seen as a side activity and taken for granted with some people being more talented than others, which is unfortunately still a widespread opinion in many organizations. Indeed, there are huge differences in the quality of leadership. But why is that?

The True Cost of Your Company's Website Going Down

Elaine Mah | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada Business
Elaine Mah

I recently returned home from grocery shopping with a new loyalty card. All I needed to do was go online and register the card I was given in store. When I went to register my new card, I got the message "registration is temporarily unavailable" with apologies from the company. I tried a few more times for a couple of days and got the same message. The experience led me to think about the cost of downtime to a business.

What I Learned This Week: Rainy Days and Mondays Are The Most Productive

Andy Nulman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Andy Nulman

I accomplish more when the weather is rotten. It's strange, but thanks to the meteorological dreariness, all the little things that would be understandably ignored and overlooked if it were sunny outside take on a new life, and radiate brightly themselves.

Is the Economy Really "Different This Time"?

Peter Hall | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

There's a clever-sounding phrase that has repeatedly wreaked havoc with the macro economy: "It's different this time." It's all over the place now, couched in neatly nuanced narrative about our "new normal." Is it once again misguided advice, or is there good reason to believe that this time really is different?

Does Your Workplace Have a "Learning Culture"?

Lindsay L. Kennedy | Posted 11.21.2013 | Canada
Lindsay L. Kennedy

Canadians of all ages go back to school in September, but learning that takes place outside the classroom is increasingly being recognized as a key factor for a thriving economy and a fulfilling life.

How Busy People Get Things Done 101

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada
Kelsey Ramsden

I double-dog dare you to try this list technique for even just two days. I bet you will feel better, less stressed, more accomplished and have better visibility for what you can, will and want to accomplish today, tomorrow and this week.

Should You Work in a Coffice?

Sam Title | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Business
Sam Title

While every Coffice differs depending on many factors -- location, ownership/management, size, menu, etc., -- you'll want to first make sure the Coffice fits with your own values and work style, as you might do with any career choice.

Why You Should Do the Hard Thing First

Douglas Hoyes | Posted 09.09.2013 | Canada Living
Douglas Hoyes

When you get up at sunrise to go for a training run your body feels the pain of getting out of bed, and the first mile or two are tough. But then you get warmed up, you get into it, and you feel good. For the rest of the day you feel great. You take the pain up front, and then feel the pleasure.

Will Unemployment Lead to a Productivity Pop?

Peter Hall | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Employment is always a lagging indicator of the economic cycle, but today's lags are fast becoming legend. In some cases, unemployment is still rising almost five years after the onset of crisis. Will employment ever turn around, and if so, when?

Canadian Retailers Must Get Online or Perish

Elaine Mah | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada Business
Elaine Mah

One would think that, as the global economy struggles to recover, businesses would be looking at all opportunities to expand, be more competitive, bring in more customers and reduce costs. Online retailing seems to make sense in this climate. Heck, I won't even go to a restaurant without first checking out menus and reviews online.

The Boomers Are Coming, Is Canada's Policy Ready?

Casey Vander Ploeg | Posted 04.09.2013 | Canada Politics
Casey Vander Ploeg

One of Canada's biggest public policy challenges is a coming wave of retiring baby boomers. This will increase the draw on Old Age Security, the Guaranteed Income Supplement, the Canada Pension Plan, and other social programs such as health care while the number of workers left to fund it all will shrink. To enhance economic performance and boost productivity, governments have reached into their policy playbooks.