Canada Productivity

Canada Should Catch This Economic Wave

Peter Hall | Posted 07.17.2014 | 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 06.30.2014 | 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 06.18.2014 | 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.

Why This Flu Season Shouldn't Shock You

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.21.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgThe 2012-2013 influenza virus season has shocked North America with its early start and high numbers of both cases as well as deaths. Yet the surge of concern and panic is somewhat unwarranted, especially considering the world knew almost eight months ago that this was coming.

The Government's Addiction to Smoking

Phil Froats | Posted 03.20.2013 | Canada
Phil Froats

When you look at the numbers alone, it boggles the mind why there have not been more measures taken to curb or eliminate smoking altogether. One of the main reasons is governments' addiction to tobacco taxes. At times, they show their true colours and flash this addiction for all to see.

Can We Control Company Privacy on Personal Devices?

Elaine Mah | Posted 02.12.2013 | Canada Business
Elaine Mah

I remain amazed by the proliferation of personal devices in today's homes. Therefore it comes as little surprise that the impact of personal devices is hitting the enterprise. Let's face it, you can either to embrace personal devices in the workplace and proactively put security measures in place, or you can deal with the aftermath when employees will inevitably find their own work-around.

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.

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.

How Can You Best Spend The First 45 Minutes Of Your Day?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.09.2012 | Canada Living

Getting up in the morning isn't always an easy task -- late bedtimes, heavy dinners and a general desire to stay in bed all day can make the ring of t...

Rachel Mendleson

Canada Not Educating, Innovating Enough: OECD

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 06.13.2012 | Canada Business

Spurring innovation and improving post-secondary education in Canada will be crucial to boosting sluggish productivity growth, which is the most signi...

Will New EI Rules Make Canadians Lazier?

CBC | Posted 08.13.2012 | Canada Business

Changes coming to the Employment Insurance program may have unintended negative consequences for businesses, says the Greater Charlotteto...