workplace culture

Fostering Social Connections in the Workplace

Fostering Social Connections in the Workplace

When we spend so many of our waking hours at work, our relationships with colleagues become a fundamental source of wellbeing in the workplace. It’s about more than just “tolerating a co-worker,” or “getting along.” Rather, it’s about fostering meaningful connections ...

Summer Time Nature Round-Up

Summer Time Nature Round-Up

Inspired by the beautiful weather we’ve had in Toronto this weekend, we are revisiting the idea of nature’s impact on mental health.  

There is ample research evidence that highlights the benefits of nature to our mental health. With all the positive benefits of nature, why do we sit in offices all day long? Set a goal for yourself to bring a healthy dose of nature into your workday. Maybe bring a plant to your desk, have a walking meeting outside instead of in the boardroom, or plan a weekend get-away to spend time in nature. 

"Rumour Has It": The Pros and Cons of Workplace Gossip

"Rumour Has It": The Pros and Cons of Workplace Gossip

Workplace gossip can serve a variety of functions and can have both positive and negative ramifications for organizations. In some instances, people gossip for means of personal gain without regard to organizational impact (Kniffin & Wilson, 2010). Whereas in other instances, people gossip for means of organizational development without regard to individual risk (Kniffin & Wilson, 2010). Understanding the nature of workplace gossip can provide managers with a better understanding of the functions that gossip serves within organizations.

Maternity leave, Paternity leave, or both?

Maternity leave, Paternity leave, or both?

Despite fathers taking on a more active and nurturing role, it usually women who take maternity leave to stay with the child for the first period of the newborn’s life? Although the number of Canadian fathers receiving paid paternal leave has increased to 20% in 2006, it is still low compared to Nordic countries - Sweden (90%), Norway (89%) and Iceland (84%) (Marshall, 2014). The big question remains: Why are so few Canadian fathers taking paternal leaves?

The Swedish 6 Hour Work Day

The Swedish 6 Hour Work Day

We heard about the change Sweden was making for workers a few months ago: 6 hour work days for all! This recent article from the BBC discusses some of the changes noticed in workplaces who have implemented this policy on shorter work days. 

The Power of Introverts

The Power of Introverts

When you were younger and the teacher announced, “Today, we’re working in groups,” How did you react?  Did you feel dread and butterflies in your stomach?  Have you always preferred working alone, digesting the assignment and slowly making sense of your thoughts? Were you the one who would raise their hand in class or would you stay quiet with your hands at your side even though you knew the answer?

Workplace Wellness: What We Can Learn From Google Inc.

Workplace Wellness: What We Can Learn From Google Inc.

If you have seen the movie The Internship, Google Inc. would seem like the dream workplace for you! Truth be told, the film is not far off from reality as the tech giant has been awarded the number one spot in Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work for three consecutive years.  Find out why Google Inc. is at the pinnacle of workplace wellness!