Workplace Culture

The Millennial Leader: How the Next Generation Is Managing Up

Punit Dhillon | Posted 12.09.2016 | Canada Business
Punit Dhillon

Millennials are proving that they don't need intense supervision as previously assumed. In reality, you may find that millennials are teaching older generations a thing or two about enhancing a business.

Social Intrapreneurs Are The Change They Wish To See At Work

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.29.2016 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Most workers can't risk their steady income to start a social enterprise or renounce materialism and move to Calcutta to volunteer. Social intrapreneurs protest from within, while on the payroll. This is the best of both worlds at work -- with personal, social and economic benefits.

Why Staying Close to Your Competitors is Essential

Evan Thompson | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

In today's competitive business arena, there are many good reasons to stay close and often collaborate with your competitors -- as long as you find your niche and stick to it. Leaders in many industries are locked in mortal combat to gain market share and boost their company's share price.

Have a Strategy for Dealing With Difficult Co-Workers

Marcia Sirota | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Business
Marcia Sirota

Anyone who works with other people has had to deal with a difficult co-worker at some point in their career. Whether it's the office brown-noser; the office gossip; the person who steals your ideas and claims them as their own; or the jealous and competitive colleague who tries to sabotage your success -- the most important thing to realize when dealing with people like this is that it's not about you.

Is the Workplace Culture at Amazon Progressive or Destructive?

Marcia Sirota | Posted 08.27.2016 | Canada Business
Marcia Sirota

Work-life balance is non-existent at Amazon; an 80-plus hour work week is the norm. I imagine that the relentless pace, combined with the stress caused by this ruthless atmosphere, must be wreaking havoc on the mental and physical well-being of these employees.

5 Ways to Motivate Your Team to Succeed

Evan Thompson | Posted 08.05.2016 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Successfully motivating business teams has been so frequently compared to coaching a winning sports team that I thought twice about using the popular sports metaphor in this post. But business success is driven by a united team whose members respect one another and recognize that each has very different roles -- and strengths.

How Offering Shorter Summer Hours Can Increase Productivity

Evan Thompson | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

The concept of summer hours first became popular in New York as the week wound down to ease rush hour Friday traffic flows out of town during sweltering summer days. Why wait until Saturday morning when you could leave your desk at noon on Friday, or even earlier?

8 Ways to Avoid Workplace Politics and Focus on Success

Evan Thompson | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Few managers and workers are immune to gossip, bad-mouthing, having their ideas stolen or being set up by others who want their job or status. But it is possible to be respectful to your colleagues by staying neutral and staying focused on your performance instead of the politics that may surround you and your team.

There's a Reason Millennials Want a Culture of Collaboration at Work

David Borrelli | Posted 02.11.2015 | Canada Business
David Borrelli

A recent study shows that a culture of collaboration is one of the top things millennials are looking for in an employer. Building this type of culture not only makes business 'cents' through increased productivity and creativity, but it also creates a more engaged workforce, increasing morale and helping attract and retain top talent.

12 Things Established Professionals Can Learn From Millennials

Evan Thompson | Posted 01.12.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

My mentoring work has led me to conversations with millennials who have left a positive and lasting impression. I have learned much from them -- practically and personally. Their different view of the world, while seemingly foreign to the older generations, can provide a different lens through which to see things that can have a profound effect on business.

Why Bosses and Employees Shouldn't Be Friends

Evan Thompson | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Business is global and more competitive than before and managers' loyalty is to the bottom line (and their bonuses). When spending 10 or more hours together in the workplace, relationships (romantic and otherwise) are bound to result. So, here are 10 reasons why a boss/employee relationship is not a good ide.

How to Get Millennials Excited About Coming to Work

Mary Donohue | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

The recent dust-up over working from home or working at work has brought a few issues to the forefront. Primarily, that dealing with a young, mobile and educated workforce is hard. When millennials work for you, life is going to be very different: they are not their father's workforce.

Seven Rules of Thumb for Leading in a Knowledge Economy

Andreas Souvaliotis | Posted 10.10.2011 | Canada
Andreas Souvaliotis

Today's smart workers get paid for thinking -- and there is no "off" switch in our brains. You'll probably never get fired from a smart company for keeping irregular hours if you consistently over-achieve on your objectives, but you might very well lose your job if you're always at work from 9 to 5 and produce very little.