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A Tale Of Two Company Cultures

Two stories of company turnover have hit my radar in the past month (I’m a little behind on actually posting!) and they highlight the importance of Culture and Reinventing Work. Tale #1: Trail King’s 99.6% Turnover The first tale of company culture is from Trail King. Trail King sells trailers. According to their website, they have “the …

Is Your Corporate Culture Creating Quitters?

When I left, it was becoming really corporate. I felt like my opinion and thoughts didn’t matter at all anymore. That’s what I overheard this afternoon while settling in at a “coffice” to get some work done in between meetings in Toronto. The conversation continued, as the two women discussed work. I deduced that one of them …

Attack Social Anxiety at Work, and Scary Office Networking

I love life, people, and new experiences. However, I also have my socially awkward moments, and feelings of inadequacy. I’m not unique, and I’m not alone. However, it is how we handle those negative feelings that set us apart from those who remain frozen in fear.  The majority of us have at least one type of social situation that causes us nervousness …

6 Ways I Learned to Like People that I Don’t Like, and Build Relationships

With all the people that we are connected to, it is inevitable that we will encounter a few that we are not fond of. The reasons may be blatant, but they also may be subconscious. However, if we can uncover and acknowledge some of these reasons, we have a greater chance of resolving the issue, which means improved relationships, culture, and productivity. …

DON’T Bring your Empathy & Sympathy to Work?

Do we really need to offer more of ourselves at work? Do we really need to add sympathy and empathy to our list of work tasks? Or, can we all benefit from a few kind words? “We are all adults here, time to suck-it-up!” There are many thoughts and/or comments surrounding “emotions” in the workplace. “We are all adults here, time …

Hate Late Colleagues? 3 Steps to Handle!

Your colleague is late in the mornings. 3 hours last week. 2 hours yesterday. 1 hour today. You are counting. It is causing you stress. Feelings about the situation can build up over time – such as: resentment, frustration, anger, irritation, confusion, and jealousy. These feelings are certainly not a good way to start the day. You have work to accomplish, …

No need to be AT work with a Mental/Physical Illness

A first glance, you might think that this blog is about telling people with mental and physical challenges to STOP working. This is not that kind of blog. I have a dear friend who has worked in the office jungle for many years. Also during that time, she has suffered from an anxiety disorder and an unrelated physical illness. She has never told her …

Managing Depression and Mental Illness at Work

This post is part of a month-long series on suicide and depression, in honour of the Fiorella family, who lost their son Lucas, to suicide this year. You can read more about that story here and see more posts via the #notalone hashtag on Twitter. I had a lot of trouble coming up with my post to add to our month-long campaign to raise awareness of …