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Tag: organizational climate

The Times, They Are a Changing … But is Our Time Management?

June 2, 2019
The modern workplace has changed a lot - because of technology, globalization, diversity, and #MeToo. But, has our approach to time management kept up? Some modern time management suggestions are...

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...

Earth, wind, fire, & water – how they can affect our workplace culture

May 11, 2019
With life-threatening and life-altering weather changes becoming more frequent, it’s clear that there are implications for our personal lives and the workplace. Considerations for employers and co-workers are discussed.

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...

Death by 1000 papercuts … how this happens at work

March 23, 2019
When examining a person’s decline in personal wellness and productivity while on the job, rarely is it one catastrophic act that makes them feel almost sick at the thought going...

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...

The Power of a Growth Mindset

February 16, 2019
In this blog post, Dr. Helen explains the fixed vs growth mindset. She then explains the potential implications for success at work and fostering positive and productive workplaces.

Ghosting an employer … it can professionally haunt you and … others

February 2, 2019
In this blog, which is part two of a series, I address the professional consequences of ghosting, and how it affects colleagues. Are the ease and possible pleasure of ghosting...

Ghosting … the real hauntings that go on at work

January 26, 2019
Ghosting started in the personal realm but has now crossed over into the professional realm of work. What does ‘being ghosted’ or having someone ghost you look like … or...

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...

Working from home … alone

November 24, 2018
In today’s world, we can do almost everything without leaving the comforts of our home.  There’s online shopping, therapy, advice and expertise, dining in courtesy of Uber Eats or Skip...

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.

Working Through the Fallout of Climate Change

September 29, 2018
From what I know about employee engagement and workplace culture, I understand that not treating your employees and co-workers well during delicate or challenging times will erode and undermine relationships...

Leaving a Toxic Job

August 4, 2018
A job is so much more than just “a job.” Most of us spend most of our waking hours at work. In a good scenario, colleagues become friends as well,...

Five Ways to Spot a Bad Workplace During the Hiring Process

July 21, 2018
Often, when we are looking for a new job we really want to make sure that we’re chosen by the potential employer. We may be motivated by a deep desire...

Are you a workplace dad? Do you know a workplace dad?

June 16, 2018
Most of us have known a kind-hearted woman who people would say was “like a mom to everyone.” The expression “work spouse” has become a popular way of describing significant-yet-completely-platonic...

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...

Favouritism never works in the workplace

April 7, 2018
Some of my readers may know that I have one child. This makes it OK for me to call him my favourite son.  However, in many families, schools, and workplaces,...

Is work supposed to make you happy?

March 31, 2018
You may have heard the saying that the average person changes jobs 7 times in their lifetime? What if I told you that in today’s world job changes are even...

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...

What not to do when you need to fire someone

March 3, 2018
Sometimes, dismissing someone who just isn’t the right fit for the company is inevitable, and it’s often an unpleasant task for both the employer and employee. In some ways, being...

Ghosts from HR’s past …

December 22, 2017
Many of us love the winter holidays, and I don’t think I'm alone when I say that certain Christmas themed movies only add to the celebration. But, as we prepare...

Does my boss like me?

November 25, 2017
Right now, if you’re sitting at your workspace and asking yourself "does my boss like me?" you might already suspect that you’re not your boss’ favourite. On the other hand,...

Insider threats and data breaches: they’re not always what you think …

November 18, 2017
There’s something you should know before you invest your entire IT and information security budget on technical solutions – if a smart thief wanted to steal your intellectual property and/or your...

Sexual harassment on the job … how it touches everyone in the workplace (Part 2)

October 28, 2017
As a female I/O Psychologist who deals with HR issues, including the fallout from sexual harassment, I believe it's important to tackle this matter head-on by discussing the financial consequences...

Sexual Harassment … how does it keep working in the workplace?

October 22, 2017
As with other loaded topics, like politics and religion, many people in the workplace prefer to say nothing despite the undeniably tense and divisive climate that many victims of sexual...

The marks of domestic violence in the workplace (Part 2)

September 16, 2017
I'm addressing the sensitive topic domestic violence here because I've been asked for advice about it by someone who works in an organization that has a Human Resources (HR) department...

Domestic violence doesn’t stay home … what you need to know about it in the workplace (Part 1)

September 9, 2017
Although the prevalence of domestic violence is well-documented, it isn’t something that is openly discussed, especially in formal or semi-formal settings such as your place of work. I had to...

Recruiting the Right Employee Ambassadors

September 2, 2017
Most organizations think carefully about their approach to recruiting and hiring employees. How many organizations consider how they will recruit employees as communication ambassadors during times of organizational change?

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.

Divorce … Does it Have to go to Work With You?

July 29, 2017
Divorce often negatively impacts people’s day-to-day functioning. As a result, not only do you suffer from short-term diminished work productivity, but the actual business/organization you work for will too. There's...

Workplace Boundaries … 5 steps to help you stay in your lane

June 24, 2017
I’d like to bridge the gap for those who have made these professional blunders around workplace boundaries and others who want to avoid making them. I know how easy it...

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...

Dressing the Part … Does this Include Body Art?

February 6, 2017
Many people express their identity through the clothes and accessories they wear. These days, this often includes piercings and tattoos. But, does that mean social stigmas cease to continue for...

Toxic Workplace – Should I Stay or Should I Go?

January 3, 2017
So what do you do if your job feels like a monotonous trap … or worse, like an abusive relationship? This is an environment you spend most of your adult...

Career Challenges for Newcomers to Canada

October 23, 2016
Immigrants and newcomers to Canada often face many career challenges. Despite the odds, many immigrants and newcomers succeed while others don't do as well. There's more to the story than...

Right Placement – An Alternative to Outplacement

September 10, 2016
The magical thing about "Right-Placement" is that these employees moved on without being terminated and without triggering an expensive severance package. Basically, I’ve created a cheaper, happier alternative to firing...

The Relevance of Women’s Issues to HR and Careers

June 24, 2016
In my role as a Human Resources (HR) Consultant and a Career Coach I see where women's issues intersect with my professional responsibilities. This post explores the themes of HR,...

Why Psychology is Useful for Career Coaching and HR (Part 2)

January 27, 2016
I understand that my approach to Career Coaching and Human Resources (HR) services is not typical. In this post I explain how I use I/O psychology to build resilient careers...

Boost employee engagement through behaviours and technology

January 12, 2016
So many organizations are still scrambling to catch up and implement modern web technology practices internally. We've all seen the power of social media, social networking, and user-generated content on...

Workplace Bullying – A Hidden Problem

November 13, 2015
Bullying on the school yard has been deemed unacceptable. Many schools and school boards have implemented zero tolerance policies. It’s great that someone’s now looking out for the kids, but...

Something Isn’t Right at Work … Is it the Venue or the Vocation?

November 22, 2013
A good starting point is to identify what exactly is contributing to your sense of unhappiness or dissatisfaction at work. Are you experiencing too much friction and conflict with your...