Three Ways to Deal with Cliques at Work

Eric Stutzman

[Excerpt from The Culture Question] Although we want to encourage relationships, we also want to actively discourage the formation of cliques in our workplaces. When cliques do form, leaders need to deal with them promptly and effectively. Cliques are exclusive groups of people who share common interests. They are surrounded by thick relational walls that are difficult to penetrate. Cliques … Read More

When Teamwork Isn’t the Answer

Dan Doerksen

teamwork, workplace culture, leadership, management, employee

“Dream a dream, form a team.” This was the mantra at an organization where I used to work. Teams were the answer to every question: Have an idea? Form a team. Need to solve a problem? Form a team. Want to create an event? Form a team. Need to change the coffee filter? Form a team. Although I have great … Read More

Six Tips for Work-Life Balance During COVID-19

Jessica Antony

work life balance, time management, workplace culture, working from home, covid, covid-19, pandemic, work at home strategies

By now, many of us who have been lucky to continue working through the COVID-19 pandemic have transitioned to working from home. Those of us who aren’t frontline workers have had to make the quick transition to what was and continues to be a relatively uncertain work life. Nobody was sure back in March 2020 how long this “new normal” … Read More

Pink Shirt Day – Let’s Put an End to Bullying

Lana Dunn

pink shirt day, bullying, bullying prevention, workplace culture

Wednesday February 24th, 2021 is Pink Shirt Day. A Canadian initiative, the idea began at a rural high school in Nova Scotia when a grade 9 boy was harassed for wearing a pink shirt to school. Two senior male students decided enough was enough, and launched the first Day of Pink to invite folks to take a stand against discrimination … Read More

How to Increase Focus and Productivity at Work


focus, productivity, productivity at work, ivy lee method, time management, task management, project management, leadership, workplace culture

I’m always interested in trying new ways to increase my productivity. In my last blog, I wrote about how to focus on your work, so this time it seemed appropriate to talk about productivity. After returning from a much-needed break over the holidays, I was struggling to keep up with the growing list of things I needed to do. After … Read More

5 Ways to Improve Emotional Wellness at Work

Shelly Qualtieri

emotions at work, emotion regulation, workplace culture, mental health, workplace mental health, trauma-informed workplace

Consider how many times you have approached a colleague and asked them how they are only to be met with the automatic response the vast majority of us have – the typical “Good,” or “Fine, thanks.” Sometimes these exchanges can leave us feeling as if something was left unsaid. Or our intuition may be tingling because we know their answers … Read More

8 Steps for Writing an Effective Email

Jessica Antony

writing an email, email etiquette, business etiquette, writing, workplace culture, admin work

Email has arguably become one of the mostly widely used forms of communication in the workplace – especially now that so many of us are working remotely. It’s an incredibly handy tool: it’s fast, convenient, and allows you to relay a lot of information with relative ease. But given that email has become such a natural part of so many … Read More

Envision Your Future with a Vision Board

Kristen Deuzeman

vision board, idea board, envisioning, future, planning, five year plan, self-actualization

This past winter solstice, which is of course the darkest day of the year, I started thinking about the weather, collective isolation, lockdowns, and how I was going to manage the long haul ahead. Interestingly, I learned that the winter solstice is also prime time for manifesting or channeling our energy to attract what we desire. I believe that when … Read More

How to Understand What Data Really Means

Mike Labun

data, analysis, business, organizational, qualitative data, quantitative data, data analysis, data analyst

More and more, data is being used to summarize information about our complex world. Whether it’s epidemiologists reporting on COVID-19 or an HR assistant telling us which employees we should be disciplining, when someone processes the data – and does it well – it can be quite useful. But number crunching doesn’t automatically give us accurate or useful results. As … Read More

4 Steps for Increasing Your Resiliency

Brodie Church

resilience, workplace culture, leadership, employees, leadership development, personal growth

How do you define yourself? Often the start of a new year encourages us to reflect on the triumphs and struggles that have helped define us. Although this practice can help us create meaning from our experiences and show us what we can do to be happier in the future, many of us are left without answers. Could our lack … Read More