How to Create Meaningful Relationships at Work

Wendy Loewen

meaningful relationships at work, workplace culture, teamwork, leadership development

[Excerpt from The Culture Question] Once we recognize the value of meaningful relationships at work, the question that follows is, “How do we create and maintain workplaces that foster camaraderie?” Quite simply, social connections at work are fostered in the same way that they are anywhere else – by people spending time together. To build strong relationships, we need time … Read More

How to Promote Psychological Health in Remote Teams

Jennifer Kelly

psychological safety, psychological health, mental health, anxiety, depression, workplace mental health, workplace culture

We commit our time, energy, and talent to our workplaces. Therefore, work should be safe – both physically and psychologically. Remote work has presented new challenges to ensuring workplace psychological health. In-person connections and socializing by the “water cooler” now seem like luxuries. More than ever before, workplaces need to ensure remote teams have adequate psychological and social support. This means … Read More

5 Steps to Building a Great Team

Eric Stutzman

teams, teamwork, workplace culture, team building

Over the past few years, I have come to appreciate the value of connected and healthy teams in the workplace. This became especially clear to me when we successfully planned and ran our first major conference. Conferences require vision, data management, marketing, speaker coordination, coaching, customer service, and so much more. It takes a whole team of talented people who … Read More

Why We Should Build Meaningful Relationships at Work

Wendy Loewen

meaningful relationships at work, workplace culture, team building, leadership, management

Last year, I, Wendy, painted my deck. I was sure it would be a long and painful experience, and I was disheartened even before I began. On the first day, I painted for three hours before losing motivation and going for a walk. On the second day, I did the same. Before starting work on the morning of day three, … Read More

Why Workplace Culture is Important for Resilience

Mark Schinkel

resilience in the workplace, workplace culture, leadership, management

We all want a workplace where people are healthy, effective, productive, empowered, and motivated to do great work in support of their organization’s mission and shared values. However, what happens when you toss a pandemic into the mix? COVID-19 has created extraordinary circumstances as nations, communities, families, and individuals are experiencing enormous changes. These changes are playing out in real … Read More

How to Lead Teams Remotely

Melody Morin

leading teams remotely, remote leadership, caring leadership, workplace culture, team building

In the new reality of working remotely due to COVID-19, many leaders are scrambling to adjust. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to connect with and lead others on your team in a virtual environment. Given that face-to-face leadership is extremely complex, even for seasoned and skilled leaders, leading an effective, efficient, high-performing team in a virtual environment is still a … Read More

Why Our Connections at Work Matter

Eric Stutzman

workplace connections, workplace culture, teamwork, teams, manager, leadership

[Excerpt from The Culture Question] When our children begin school, we anticipate that they will make friends, and we are sad for them if they don’t. When they become teenagers, we hope they will identify with healthy peer groups, and we worry about them if they fall in with the wrong crowd. When our parents grow elderly, we worry about … Read More

Coping During COVID-19 – Practicing Resilience

Vicki Enns

resilience during COVID-19, coronavirus, self-care, mental health, well-being, workplace culture

Talking about coping and resilience during the pandemic has become a bit like discussing the weather. It’s on many of our minds when we wake up in the morning, and it’s become part of our regular small talk when we say hello. Although the “weather forecast” of COVID-19 differs depending on geography, we all need to be able to adapt … Read More

How to Talk About the Elephant in the Room

Eric Stutzman

conversation, conflict, leadership, sensitive topic, discussion, conversation, mediation, executive leadership, workplace culture, difficult conversation

I’ve facilitated a fair number of high-stakes conversations over the years and am always struck when organizations ask me to lead a discussion about the elephant in the room. Rather than needing help with a conflict or to identify specific problems, they are simply asking me to start a conversation about a problem they are all aware of but can’t … Read More

How to Stay Focused on Your Work

tyler

how to stay focused, stay focused, focus, deep work, focused work, attention, motivation, workplace culture, pay attention

I’ve become increasingly aware of how many distractions many of us encounter at work. With all the messaging apps, emails, phone calls, and Zoom meetings, there are so many possible interruptions that can prevent us from being productive. This is why one of the most important things I’ve learned over the last several years is how to stay focused. I … Read More