Canada Productivity

Think Outside the Cubicle With Coworking

Nick Cowling | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Business
Nick Cowling

In the constantly evolving and socially driven society we live in today, the very definition of a workplace has changed. Coworking has become a global movement where work is done outside the confines of a traditional workspace and is instead in a shared working environment either in an office or other public space.

Going on Holiday May Save Our Minds and Our Economy

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 07.05.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

Who killed summer vacation? That's the million dollar question -- literally. Long gone are the days of casually taking a few weeks off with the family to go on a road trip, or jetting off to a remote destination where the real world ceases to exist. This is a problem.

How Writing it Down Helps Get it Done

Eileen Chadnick | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Business
Eileen Chadnick

Overwhelm is a complex and multifaceted affair. We need many strategies and approaches to deal with the volume, pressure, complexity of today's work and lives. Including super basic ones like the to do list.

9 Ways to Survive Digital Overload

Professional Organizers in Canada | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Business
Professional Organizers in Canada

Checking your email before getting out of bed, taking a Facebook lunch break, checking texts every time the phone beeps, app updates, peaking at your phone as you put the kids to bed. Does any, or all of this, sound familiar?

Increase Your Productivity and Peace of Mind by Singletasking

Charles Francis | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Living
Charles Francis

Devora Zack, a leadership consultant for major institutions and organizations, has written Singletasking, a book based on the scientific evidence that multi-tasking is a myth. Her advice: If you want to get something done, just tackle that and nothing else. In essence, what Zack has developed is a practical form of mindfulness.

Improve Your Workplace for Employees With Mental Health Issues

Shekhar Parmar | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Business
Shekhar Parmar

As a business owner, my employees' health and well-being is important to me. I know that a healthy workforce is a productive workforce. Here are a few suggestions on what we all can do to make our workplaces better for those who are living with mental health issues and in turn increase productivity.

Yes, You Can Multi-Task Effectively

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

I can organize my desk while speaking with a client on the phone. I can skim through my email (and potentially even send out a quick response) during a conference call. I can make dinner while watching the news. In each of these cases, the quality of my work doesn't suffer. My efficiency doesn't suffer. And I get more accomplished.

6 Ways to Make Meetings More Productive

Matthew Held | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Business
Matthew Held

Standing meetings are popular for teams that have status updates. The logic behind a standing meeting is that the longer you stand, the more uncomfortable it gets. In a study, published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, Andrew Knight and Markus Baer discovered that standing teams are more excited, fired up and less protective of their ideas compared to those who sit.

Eight Ways To Make Sure Email Doesn't Kill Productivity

Evan Thompson | Posted 04.06.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Don't get me wrong, email is both a blessing and a curse, but it needs to be used thoughtfully, in the same way that you wouldn't barge into a conversation in progress and blurt out the first thing that comes to mind. It can quickly shift the conversation off-course and simply be off-putting. An email can interrupt in the same way, so you want to use it intelligently.

What Your Business Can Do To Battle Cybercrime

Matthew Held | Posted 03.31.2015 | Canada Business
Matthew Held

Small and medium sized companies mistakenly believe hackers will not target them because they are small. The reality is that hackers come in all shapes and sizes. They often target smaller companies without the resources and skills to protect and secure their systems. They sometimes practice with smaller firms before moving to larger companies.

3 Reasons Why You Should Actually Network Less

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 03.21.2015 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Networking is all about building relationships, but if you're building relationships with the wrong people, you're wasting your time. Think quality, not quantity. Any time I do a speaking gig I make sure I'm either paid appropriately or that the audience is made up of my ideal clients (who end up hiring me and, thus, I get paid indirectly).

Four Reasons Why Your Next Phone Should Be a Phablet

Matthew Held | Posted 01.06.2015 | 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 12.23.2014 | 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 12.15.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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 11.26.2014 | 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...