How to Prevent Name Discrimination When Hiring

Shadell Permanand

Name discrimination is a problem in the job market. Issues range from the obvious like a name frequently being misspelled or mispronounced, to stereotyping based on someone’s name. This is why it’s important to respect people’s names by acknowledging and adapting to name changes and mitigating against name discrimination and privilege in recruitment and hiring.   Do You Know the … Read More

6 Strategies for Embracing the Intergenerational Workplace


intergenerational workplace, workplace culture, leaders, employees, colleagues

As one person’s career moves closer to retirement, another person’s career launches. This past year I’ve found myself pondering my role in the workplace as a 62-year-old baby boomer heading towards retirement far too quickly. Whether that is in three or 10 years, it is inevitable. Because I’m surrounded by much younger colleagues – many in their energetic 20s or … Read More

How to Support Mental Health at Work

Randy Grieser

mental health, mental health at work, anxiety, stress, depression, self-care, workplace culture, trauma-informed workplace

[Excerpt from Don’t Blame the Lettuce] Prior to founding CTRI, I worked as a social worker in the field of mental health — both in hospital settings and in the community, providing support to those living with mental health concerns. My role in supporting people’s recovery would sometimes involve conversations with their employers about ways to best support their return … Read More

How to Give and Receive Effective Feedback

Brodie Church

feedback, receiving feedback, giving feedback, leadership, employees, workplace culture

Have you ever observed the impact that one person’s words can have on another person’s performance? Earlier this year I enjoyed observing my daughter Georgia during her swimming lesson. Her little brother Colton and I watched as coach Abbey took the time to observe Georgia’s swimming habits, offering words of encouragement before sharing specific comments on what she was doing … Read More

Show a Little Respect

Jessica Seburn

respect at work, workplace culture, leaders, leadership, employee

When my three children were young, there was no shortage of arguments around who would get the first cookie or who got to choose which game we would play. I sometimes wondered how they would relate to each other as adults. Would they be kind? Would they appreciate each other’s perspectives? Would they listen to each other? Would they be … Read More

5 Ways to Support Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Jessica Seburn

neurodiversity in the workplace, diversity, workplace culture

Before I begin, I’d like to note that I am not writing from the perspective of a mental health professional or as someone in a leadership role. This blog is written from lived experience and after conversations with mental health professionals and other neurodiverse individuals. What Is Neurodiversity? Neurodiversity is an umbrella term describing conditions like autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, dyslexia, … Read More

3 Tips for Increasing Happiness at Work

Jennifer Kelly

happiness at work, workplace culture, improving workplace, mindset at work, leadership

Given that many of us will spend up to one-third of our lives at work, it’s not surprising that happiness at work is a topic of concern. Research shows that our happiness at work determines how motivated, productive, and engaged we are. As an ACHIEVE trainer for the Psychological Safety in the Workplace workshop, I have had many discussions with … Read More

Connecting Teams to Organizational Purpose

Eric Stutzman

organizational purpose, mission, vision, values, workplace culture

[Excerpt from The Culture Question] Just as organizations get bad results when they are disconnected from a greater purpose, so do teams. In our consulting work, we have often observed that when teams don’t connect with their organization’s greater purpose, motivation and productivity suffer. Team disconnection from organizational purpose often contributes to one of the greatest internal dangers an organization … Read More

How to Foster Team Interdependence

Eric Stutzman

interdependent teams, teamwork, effective teams, healthy teams

[Excerpt from The Culture Question]  In organizational culture, interdependence refers to the extent to which team members rely on each other for the functioning of their teams. Although every team is different from moment to moment, on a fundamental level, it is the interdependence of team members that makes a group of coworkers a team. As they come to realize … Read More

5 Ways to Improve Equity in Your Workplace

Mark Schinkel

equity, equity in the workplace, diversity, workplace diversity, workplace culture

I recently had the opportunity to reengage as a school board superintendent for three months after several years of retirement. In that work, I interacted daily with school and board administrators at a very large school board (60,000 students) in Ontario. During my time on the board, I was impressed by the capacity of so many caring leaders to learn, … Read More