Tag: inclusion

Pandemic Positives – Silver Linings and Hidden Opportunities Due to ongoing COVID-19 Limbo

June 27, 2020
It’s almost Canada Day 2020. Who would have thought we’d still be in COVID-19 limbo after 100+ days? As I reflect on the ‘before times’ I am noticing a few...

Surviving in Interesting Times – The Multigenerational Workforce

January 25, 2020
For the first time in history, four different generations are in the workplace simultaneously. This is fertile ground for creativity ... and conflict.

Alcohol and the Modern Holiday Work Party

December 14, 2019
Times have changed. Seeing movies and hearing stories about the annual Christmas parties in the past is a real eye-opener. Now, between worries around social anxiety, religious practices, addictions, and...

Back to life, back to reality … when we return to work without a smile

September 21, 2019
Each day there are countless people who will return to work after taking some much-needed time off for a summer ‘staycation’ or holiday. For many adults, including teachers and parents,...

What We Can Learn About Hiring from Viral Posts and Basketball

July 6, 2019
In this article, I use a viral post from LinkedIn and Barack Obama's insights about the Toronto Raptors' historic 2019 NBA Championship to describe what we can learn about hiring...

Scapegoats and the Glass Cliff: When Careers Get Derailed

June 8, 2019
Scapegoating and the glass cliff may sound like something made up or exaggerated. In this article, I’ll break down what these terms mean, who they affect and why.

Where Human Rights Meets Human Resources (Part 2)

May 25, 2019
In part two of this guest blog, Employment and Human Rights Lawyer Alayna Miller with Mann Lawyers uses current news stories and headlines to explain employers' human rights and human...

Where Human Rights Meets Human Resources (Part 1)

May 18, 2019
In part one of this two-part Q&A, Employment and Human Rights Lawyer Alayna Miller with Mann Lawyers uses current news stories and headlines to explain how human rights and human...

Digital Discrimination – The Algorithm is Rigged

May 4, 2019
Dr. Helen shows how seemingly neutral software platforms and their algorithms are facilitating new forms of age, race, and other forms of digital discrimination. Many potential applicants don’t even know...

Less Lonely at the Top: the Rewards of Leadership & Executive Coaching

April 27, 2019
It's lonely at the top. Modern leadership includes responsibility for staff in work environments that have grown much more complex - while also maintaining productivity and profitability. It’s no wonder...

Q&A with Dr. Helen – Ethical ways to support university admissions prep in Canada

April 6, 2019
Applicants can have high university grades but fail to gain admission to competitive programs because their applications are not written effectively. In this blog, I discuss some of the ethical...

Are high pedigree, Ivy League job candidates always the best?

March 30, 2019
The 2019 college admission cheating and bribery scandal is a reminder to evaluate ivy league and regular candidates carefully when hiring ... instead of treating certain labels as a proxy/substitute...

The Superwoman Syndrome, Even Harder than it Looks …

March 9, 2019
Recently, I was asked to speak at an International Women’s Day event that was being organized by Sigma Beta Phi Sorority (University of Ottawa). I was intrigued, I have not...

It’s a new day at work – why employee fulfillment will matter more

January 19, 2019
Currently, and in the recent past, the information or knowledge economy was the focus, and employees were the source of wealth creation. In the emerging purpose economy, a sense of...

The complexities of modern holidays …

December 15, 2018
In theory, modern holidays are lovely, often more inclusive occasions. But they can still be complicated for employers and employees alike. Most workplaces shut down for a few days, which...

Covering at Work – The Pros and Cons of Being Ourselves at Work

October 27, 2018
According to a report published by Deloitte, a surprisingly high number of people actively cover up aspects of their identities in the workplace that they believe are unwelcome and/or stigmatized.

Incidental Networking and the Hidden Value of a Diverse Network

September 8, 2018
In my experience, it’s clear that some people think it’s better to have a specific type of network. The unstated implication is that the best networks only include certain types...

Racism … Is it at your place of work?

June 2, 2018
So, here’s the question in my mind: even if well-intentioned, does one day of sensitivity or anti-bias training change the racial discrimination that will ultimately exist in organizations? The short...

Visible Disabilities … the unseen problems in the workplace

March 24, 2018
In the past, I've written about the experience of silently struggling with invisible disabilities. In this article, I address the challenges that people with visible disabilities face, and how often...

Q&A with Dr. Helen on Neurodiversity

February 24, 2018
Some of these big corporate players are seeing the benefits of hiring and leveraging the abilities of neurodiverse workers. I’m excited to see the light starting to shine on neurodiversity as...

Body language … 3 ways it might be working against you in the workplace

October 14, 2017
While recalling the infamous Trump - Trudeau handshake, a client described a similar incident at work that made me wonder how many people may be unaware that their body language...

Hidden Consequences of Online Screening

October 7, 2017
I recognize the advantages that business owners and hiring managers have when they use online screening methods. My concern is more about what happens when these screening tools are not...

Bullying, Bias, and Burnout. Why these 3 ‘B’s Could be Derailing your Career

August 26, 2017
Often the word derailment is associated with an accident, a slip off the track that could not be foreseen or prevented. It can also be career-related and dangerous in a...

It’s Impolite to Discuss Politics at Work – But What About Values?

August 19, 2017
We’re all entitled to our political and religious beliefs, and we’re entitled to keep those private. With that said, when it comes to values, our silence speaks volumes.

Coded Language and Dog Whistle Expressions

May 12, 2017
A while back, a business associate reached out to me with an urgent and problematic situation. She was stumped by a situation and she knew I’d have some ideas. The...

Silent Suffering – The Struggle of Invisible Disabilities

December 28, 2016
All your life you’ve been viewed as an ‘able-bodied’ person. So far you’ve been fortunate right? This may not be entirely accurate. Disability isn’t always visible; in fact, it can...