Be Funnier at Work: 4 Easy Tips

Josh Hay

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We’d all like to be funnier. But science tells us there are two ways it could go:  Using jokes the wrong way can be bad for our careers.  Using jokes well increases our leadership, productivity and others’ trust in us. But scientists don’t have good tips on how to become funny. Seeing as our science guys seem stuck, I’m going … Read More

6 Ways to Find a Friend at Work

Josh Hay

Making friends can be a difficult thing. When my son started at a new high school he asked me who I thought his friends would be. My response was that like finds like and that good people are drawn to each other. I also explained that there were specific things he could do to help himself find a friend or … Read More

5 Essential Smartphone Behaviours

Josh Hay

“I am so ticked off; he must have texted or checked his phone a dozen times during our meeting!” Is this type of behaviour rude or is it an efficient use of your business time? Does the risk of incivility outweigh our need to be accessible and instantly responsive to a lot of people? The debate rages today. When we … Read More

3 Benefits of Having Friends at Work

Josh Hay

Do you have friends at work? The majority of working adults between ages twenty-five and fifty-four answer this question with a no, and yet having a friend in the workplace may hold the key to an uplifting, fulfilling, and genuinely more enjoyable work experience. The average adult spends forty hours, give or take, at work each week. This is a … Read More

3 Characteristics of Great Employees

Josh Hay

The best workplaces are filled with great employees – but finding great employees to hire is not always easy. Often our interview questions don’t help us identify the characteristics we should be looking for. Sometimes we don’t even know what we should look for. And sometimes we don’t recognize it when it’s right under our noses. When my son was … Read More

3 Ways to Leverage Diversity Within Your Organization

Josh Hay

Diverse people in bubbles being lifted by hands

[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.”  – Ani Difranco(American singer/songwriter)[/perfectpullquote] October is designated as Global Diversity Awareness Month. This is a good time to look at strengthening your organization through leveraging diversity. First of all, let’s make sure we are on the … Read More

Laughter for a Better Workplace

Josh Hay

Laughter ought to be considered an essential workplace skill. We value it so highly at our office that we ask all interviewees, “When will we hear you laugh?” If they can’t answer that question, we start to get concerned. I have a painfully dull laugh. In fact, often when I find something really funny, instead of laughing, I will say … Read More

Beyond Tolerance: How to Create Inclusion

Josh Hay

The United Nations General Assembly has declared May 21 the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. This day provides an opportunity to understand the value of cultural diversity. It can help us consider how to live together better amidst our great diversity. In honour of this day, we should move beyond tolerance towards greater cultural appreciation and … Read More

5 Keys to Finding Great Talent

Josh Hay

Organizations are who they hire.  Whether an organization succeeds or even survives, ultimately comes down to the people who work there.  I work hard, I am dedicated and a driven leader, but I can’t do it alone.  As organizations mature and become more complex, the need for exceptional and diversified talent grows. “Look, I don’t really know where we should … Read More

Employee Appreciation Day – Make the Most of March 4

Josh Hay

The greeting card companies have missed an opportunity, but that doesn’t mean we have to. Somewhere between Valentine’s Day and St Patty’s day lies a free pass for anyone looking to celebrate the importance of teamwork and leadership! March 4 is Employee Appreciation Day and leaders everywhere should take action. The good leader sees March 4 on the calendar and … Read More