Corporate Culture

Find Your Next Hire Over Beers And Barbecue

Brian Scudamore | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Business
Brian Scudamore

We made the mistake of overlooking the "fit factor" before, and morale and productivity plunged. It was difficult to turn it all around. Now we prioritize compatibility during the hiring process -- we want people who work hard and play hard together. Attention to culture fit has not only made our company a better place to work, it's boosted our ROI.

Why Investing Time In Innovation Pays Off

Steve Titus | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Business
Steve Titus

Time is a precious commodity. Everyone wants more of it but there are only 24 hours in a day. And every company wants to be seen as innovative but it is not something you can always book a meeting to accomplish. Innovation usually requires an investment of time and resources.

Business Ethics Round Up: The Usual Suspects

David Gebler | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Business
David Gebler

An organization cannot change behaviour; only individuals can. And it is true that sometimes individuals will change their behaviour when they are introduced to new incentives or information, such as new sales incentives or better ways to do my work.

Blue Apron Has The Recipe For Culture Change

David Gebler | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Business
David Gebler

Our growing love of healthy and sustainable food doesn't necessarily translate into a growing love of cooking. Many people who want to eat healthy and interesting meals don't have the time, nor the inclination to cook. Enter the meal-kit service business, estimated to grow to $3 billion in the coming years.

How To Give Feedback That Delivers Results

Judy Mann | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Business
Judy Mann

Feedback should be regular, meaningful and authentic. It should help employees, co-workers and mentees grow in their roles; as leaders, as team members, as service providers. It should not be something that's only attached to performance management, feedback and reprimand.

Sponsoring Refugees As A Workplace Is Good For Business

Lina Duque | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Business
Lina Duque

Engaging staff in a cause that matters to them is a win-win for both company and employees. Companies with high employee engagement report more productivity and lower absenteeism and turnover.

Hiring A Veteran Will Be The Best Business Decision You Make

Jessica Glazer | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Business
Jessica Glazer

Some military vets have seen more in their lifetime then we ever will. To the university grad, the buzzwords teamwork, leadership, loyalty and attention to detail are just that -- buzz words. To the military vet, it's what defines them.

Creating a Corporate Charter Can Keep Employees Happy

Steve Titus | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Business
Steve Titus

A strong corporate culture is the DNA of any organization. From physical office space to the way colleagues at all levels interact in an organization, the highest performing cultures are ones that empower employees to learn from their mistakes and grow.

Volkswagen's Corporate Leadership Needs Re-Engineering

Ivey Business School | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Business
Ivey Business School

The essence of good risk management is asking appropriate questions and getting truthful answers. And so, if a CEO doesn't make it clear that he expects unethical behaviour to be outed by managers asking tough questions, then it probably won't be outed. This clearly didn't happen at Volkswagen.

Being Myself at Work Brought Me More Success

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

When I first started career coaching I had a different website and a verrrrry different vibe. I thought that if I didn't look and sound "professional" (i.e. conservative, corporate) I wouldn't get any clients. My headshot was a photo of me at a boardroom table, unsmiling and intense (so not me!).

Your Corporation Is Killing Innovation Without Knowing It

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

In the post-recession economy, markets are changing faster than the mighty corporations of old can keep up with. To combat the epidemic of nimble startups, corporations are advocating fresh thinking such as prototyping, failing fast and quick iterations based on customer feedback. But few, if any, corporations have been able to point to any concrete successes, no matter the size. Why is that?

Why Does Everyone Keep Telling Me To Get A 'Real' Job?

Kelly Lovell | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Living
Kelly Lovell

The definition of a traditional career does not lend well in today's innovation and technology driven economy. Workplaces are changing. No longer must you come into the office everyday for business meetings when you can stay at home and with a click of a button, video conference with executives around the world.

10 Ways Ambition Can Wreck Your Career

Evan Thompson | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Success defines many of us. We are often judged by our lifestyle, our clothes, our cars and the company we keep. Whether we truly love the work we do and look beyond our job status as a way of validating ourselves varies from person to person. If ambition trumps all else, here are 10 ways that it can wreck your career.

Think Twice About What You Do After Work and What You Post on the Internet

Leah Eichler | Posted 01.09.2015 | Canada Living
Leah Eichler

Prof. MacDonald said that if your personal life jeopardizes your professional or public role, it's reasonable to expect you to warn potential employers, but only really substantial risks need to be divulged. On the employer's side, if a lot hangs on their employees being "squeaky-clean," it's up to them to do a thorough background check.

Are The Homeless Even People?

Jagneet Singh | Posted 12.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Jagneet Singh

Truth is, that wasn't normal by any means. As a society, our relationship with homeless people is simple; either you drop a coin or walk by. It's impossible to connect with people as people because we let ourselves get divided only by borders, but also by our occupations, social status, and other arbitrary self-imposed barriers.

Not For Sale: My Values

Jason Najum | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada
Jason Najum

I was hot-stepping downtown the other day, headphones pumping, feeling good after a little gym workout. And this stopped me dead in my tracks. ...

How to Get Over Getting Dissed

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

My wise self knows that I created my company to help people become their happiest and most authentic selves at work. I believe very firmly in being yourself, yet I questioned the value of my own authenticity at the slightest critique. The irony is not lost on me.

Why Gen X Is Unhappy and Hates Working

Mary Donohue | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

If not repaired, the unhappy Gen Xers who will remain in organizations will be unable to pick up the slack caused by retiring boomers and will stall the development of millennials. Gen Xers are currently supervising millennials bosses. So when observers warn of millennials leaving the workforce in droves, they might want to first investigate their Gen X bosses and their feelings of value.

Can Your Corporate Culture Make You Money?

Darrell Kopke | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Darrell Kopke

Your organization has a culture whether you like it or not. The culture is a mood, feeling, and attitude. In our practice we describe culture as the sum total of conversations that happen in your organization and amongst its stakeholders. It is not genetically encoded; your culture can be shaped, evolved, and enhanced. The question is: Can your corporate culture make you money?

Millennial "Laziness" Is a Cry for Change

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada
Eric Quon-Lee

Today's Millennial Generation is realizing that the soul-sucking construct of the Corporate Rat Race no longer applies, and it doesn't meet the needs of humanity. Indeed, the Millennial Generation realized that there were a number of problems with the Corporate Rat Race. Here a few.

Make Way for Audacious Entrepreneurship

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

"I think a lot of entrepreneurs -- women and men -- ted to try and do everything themselves," says Natalie Sisson. "And that's where it goes wrong." If you're an aspiring entrepreneur you MUST check out The Suitcase Entrepreneur for easy and affordable bizhacks, from tech tips to marketing tools.

Gen Y: Self-Entitled or Underutilized Resources?

r/ally | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
r/ally

The Gen Y cohort of employees consistently mystifies and baffles many older employees, giving birth to an industry of experts and researchers who deem them lazy, self-entitled and in constant need of feedback. Is there any truth to this well-worn stereotype about Millennials?

Sink or Swim: How to Hire From a Deep Pool of Candidates

Jeff Quipp | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Business
Jeff Quipp

Any way you cut it, the process of hiring employees that are the best fit for your company can be arduous and stressful. And with so many people looking for employment, we can expect that identifying the right candidate for the job will only get more difficult. Here are a few strategies we've been using.

In Business, You Can Still Be Kind

Mitch Joel | Posted 10.07.2013 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

While the philosophy of why we work continues to evolve and modernize, it still feels like we hold on to the dogma of what business is supposed to be. Perhaps with all of this moral awakening, sharing on social media, connecting to others and events like Occupy Wall Street or the Arab Spring, we should be paying closer attention to the human bottom line rather than the financial one?

How Mentoring Can Save Your Company

Mary Donohue | Posted 02.02.2013 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

Over the course of the past six months, I have been investigating the "trickle-down" effect of mentoring in the workplace. The trickle-down effect of mentoring is that it enables employees to be more productive and innovative. This is because behaviour is a function of the relationship between people and the environment.