How Setting Goals Can Help You Make Tough Decisions

Deanne Kaar

When faced with a tough decision, it is common to sometimes feel stuck and not know how to move forward. Whether you are thinking about changing jobs, starting a new hobby, or branching out from your social circle, it can be uncomfortable to try new things. At times when I’ve had to make a tough decision, I have found myself … Read More

How to Manage Difficult Emotions During COVID-19

Kristen Deuzeman

emotions, managing emotions, self-care, self-regulation, anxiety, calm, workplace culture

As this pandemic continues to unfold, we have been called to action, adapting to changing career and financial statuses, caring for our health and that of our loved ones, managing relationships, and trying to make this summer fun amidst social distancing protocols (just to name a few). These challenges and the ensuing emotional strain have affected our overall sense of … Read More

Positive Psychology: 5 Strategies for Improving Your Workplace

Janelle Jackiw

positive psychology, leadership, management, workplace culture, employees, staff, workplace, self-care, gratitude

I’ve been looking forward to Monday all weekend! Although this may seem like an unlikely statement to some leaders, with the right strategies applied to your workplace, you can create a productive environment where people want to work. This can be achieved by applying the concepts of positive psychology to your workplace. Think of positive psychology as the science of … Read More

How to Cope with a Crisis by Using Your Values

Jennifer Kelly

crisis, cope with crisis, handle crisis, leadership, values, beliefs, self-care

We will all experience crises during our lifetime – whether they are global or personal. One strategy that can build resilience and perseverance during a crisis is using your personal values as a coping strategy. I learned how to use my values to cope with a crisis when my father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. At the same time, I … Read More

How to Stay Motivated While Working From Home During Covid-19

Wendy Loewen

working from home, covid-19, coronavirus, pandemic, motivation, stay motivated, focus, focused, focusing

Studies have shown that working from home can have positive effects – and even increase productivity. However, working from home under normal circumstances is very different from being forced to work at home due to a global pandemic. Many of us are now faced with significant shifts to our daily lives and new worries and stresses. Every time we turn … Read More

4 Ways to Practice Trauma-Informed Care During COVID-19

Nathan Gerbrandt

trauma-informed, trauma-informed care, leadership, management, workplace culture, mental health, empathy

The pervasiveness of trauma and its impact on our local communities and the world has seldom been so visible. The outbreak of COVID-19 has exposed cracks in how vulnerable and fragile our global community can become. Our thoughts are taken up with concern for loved ones, uncertainty about work and our personal health, and anxiety about what tomorrow will bring. … Read More

How to Stay Optimistic During Tough Times

Jennifer Kelly

optimism, optimistic, leaders, leadership, management, workplace culture, covid-19, coronavirus

There’s a dark and a troubled side of life. There’s a bright and a sunny side too. But if you meet with the darkness and strife, the sunny side we also may view.” – Keep on the Sunny Side of Life Since 1899 when Keep on the Sunny Side of Life was written, artists like Johnny Cash have belted out … Read More

How to Make a Lasting Change

Trish Harper

Do you have anything you would like to change? Is there something you do too much of? Or, is there something you do too little of? Would you like to change the way you interact with someone close to you, but feel like you are short on the willpower needed to take action? Maybe it feels like you’re in a … Read More

4 Strategies for Building Psychological Resilience

AnnMarie Churchill

When did we start believing that expert help is required for life’s stress and struggles? I recently heard a radio segment on eco-anxiety, and at the end of the story, the radio announcer advised people who felt emotionally impacted by climate change to contact a mental health professional. I countered out loud for people to first try building their psychological … Read More

3 Tips for Starting a New Job

Wendy Loewen

new job, start, starting, employee, workplace, work, workplace culture, hire, hiring, management

Several months ago, I moved into a new management position at ACHIEVE. After two weeks on the job, someone asked me what changes I had made and what I had shaken up after coming onboard. This conversation left me a little perplexed and somewhat unsettled. Are we really supposed to be disrupters as soon as we start a new job? … Read More