Millennials Don't Heart Your Company's Basic Technology

Dave Borrelli | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Business
Dave Borrelli

Technology is not a nice-to-have for the millennial generation; it's a deal breaker. And considering that by 2030 75 per cent of the workforce will be millennials, it's something to take seriously. Millennials' technology expectations, coupled by their social media, mobile computing and app usage, are spreading into the workplace.

Is Your Nanny Entitled To Paid Sick Days?

Her Magazine | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

I often get asked whether one has to cover sick days for personal caregivers or nannies. I usually have the same response: it depends. What did you agree to when she first started working? This is a difficult topic, but it is important to think about it at the outset of the relationship.

Getting Ahead Of The Pack 15 Minutes At A Time

Paul S Hillier | Posted 11.02.2015 | Canada Business
Paul S Hillier

A one-month trial period could require employees to track their hours and discuss the results with their supervisor, similar to how a consultant may discuss her or his monthly invoice with a client. In adopting this one-month trial period, employees who work outside of professional service and consulting firms could benefit from various consultants' practices.

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.

Can Canadians Learn to Leave Work at the Office?

Tom Turpin | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Business
Tom Turpin

More than half of Canadians don't mind handling work-related matters on their own time. More than half. A new Workmonitor survey from Randstad Canada revealed some troubling insights about Canadian workers' lack of ability -- or lack of willingness -- to leave their work at the office.

Want to Grow Your Small Business? It's All About the Work Environment

Jeff Cates | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Business
Jeff Cates

Running a small business is difficult, but growing one is even more challenging. You can't do it alone; you need the help of talented employees who are invested in the long-term success of your business. To attract and keep talented people, you need to provide a great working environment.

How Not to Manage People

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 04.11.2015 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

Due to the growth of corporations on an international scale, the demand for management personnel has never been greater. Whether it is managing a multi-national project or a large internal team, corporations are pressing individuals into management roles at a greater pace than ever before.

Why Do Canadian Employers Waste $5 billion a Year on Inefficient Drug Coverage?

Alan Cassels | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Alan Cassels

Employers want their drug plans to be as competitive as those offered by other employers. So what happens when the norm is to cover all new drugs at any cost, even if the drugs do not provide additional therapeutic value? Well, the end result is that everyone buys "generous" plans instead of increasing employee compensation. Everyone we spoke with agrees about the need to educate employees and employers alike. And in fact, everyone agrees (even insurers) that exorbitant drug costs are a big issue for Canadians.

How to Deal With a Management Bully

Shirley Williams | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Business
Shirley Williams

Does your manager have the traits of a bully? You may be dealing with a Hirogen Manager, an organization's hunter that sees his or her employees as prey. Here is the test. Are the following quotes familiar to you?

Why You Should Consider Becoming an Intrepreneur

Barbara Morris-Blake | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada Business
Barbara Morris-Blake

Are you an intrepreneur? If you want to succeed in the 21st century workforce, you should think about becoming one. An intrepreneur is similar to an entrepreneur -- someone who takes ideas and runs with them -- except that he or she does this while working within an existing company.

Which Religions Forbids A Man From Working With Women?

Stuart Rudner | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Living
Stuart Rudner

How did York University initially validate the request of a student who said for religious reasons, he couldn't interact with women? Unfortunately, perhaps it is because organizations are so afraid of being sued for failing to accommodate that they have lost the sense of what is a proper request for accommodation. Many would argue that what they have lost is their common sense.

How to Make Your Workplace Fitter, Happier, More Productive

Josh Bowman | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Business
Josh Bowman

I've worked in a lot of different office environments, both non-profit and for-profit. Some of these places were wonderful, fun, and I was sad to leave. Other workplaces were, quite frankly, toxic. Happy employees are productive employees (to paraphrase Radiohead). So here are some tips to give your staff some love. (Hint: Stressing out your employees is a great way to achieve turn-over and burn-out.)

What Execs Don't Know About Listening

Mary Donohue | Posted 03.19.2013 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

Our research, conducted in Canada and the United States with select Fortune 500 companies and government agencies, indicates that of more than 150 mid- to senior-level staff surveyed and interviewed, less than 11 per cent of employees agree that they learn from company executives. Why is that?

A Business Tip From a Country Boy: Invest in People

Mary Donohue | Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

Bill Clinton at the DNC said what white- and blue-collar workers have known for 30 years: you need to invest in people to have an innovative and productive economy. My coach, used to say "you get corn, if you plant corn." Neither in government nor in business have we been planting corn. We quit planting it almost 30 years ago when we got rid of middle management in government and the private sector, and as the economy reveals, we are losing.

Five Tips on How to Keep Employees Happy

Srinivas Kandula | Posted 07.25.2012 | Canada Business
Srinivas Kandula

Good news: job creation in Canada is increasing. Bad news: employees who were holding on during the recession might now start looking for better offers. So how do you keep employees engaged, motivated and productive? Here are five tips on how!

Tim Knight's Watching the Watchdog: Journalists Are Killing Journalism

Tim Knight | Posted 07.17.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Today, graduates of journalism school see the profession as just that: a job. A paycheque. A security. They do what they're told to do. They're not journalists; they're employees. They don't buck the corporate system. They're part of it. Newsrooms are turning into mere offices.