workplace strategies

Shared Offices: Helpful or Hindering?

Shared Offices: Helpful or Hindering?

Gone are the days of the cubicle. Many companies now are switching to office layouts that are open and shared, with no permanent spot for each employee. A recent survey found that two-thirds of 400 global companies were planning to implement shared offices by 2020 (Sander, 2017).

Shared offices often make people think of trendy, progressive companies where an intern can share the same desk one day as the senior manager the day before. This is called hot-desking, when employees can switch from desk to desk each day (Sander, 2017). There are also activity-based spaces where employees have the choice between quiet workstations or open desks, depending on what task they are trying to accomplish (Sander, 2017).

Workplace Resources

Workplace Resources

The rise of absenteeism and presenteeism in the workplace due to mental health concerns is on the rise. Last week, the Montreal Gazette reported on the $412 Million paid by taxpayers for medical leaves in the Quebec Health network in 2014-2015. They go on to indicate that the majority of claims were reportedly due to employee burnout and mental health concerns. ... read on to find out how we can start to prevent this! 

Workplace Mental Health Video Series

Workplace Mental Health Video Series

This just in! The Mental Health Commission of Canada has partnered with Ottawa Public Health to launch a free animated video series for both employees and employers on psychological health and safety in the workplace. This may be of interest to you as it has been documented that 70% of working Canadians report concerns about their psychological health and safety while on the job (Mental Health Commission of Canada, n.d.) ...

Convincing Your Employer to Support Mental Health at Work

Convincing Your Employer to Support Mental Health at Work

Although mental health is becoming a more prevalent topic in the media and in our workplaces, there are many workplaces that are not taking any steps to support employee mental health. Does this sound like your workplace? Are you wishing your employer did more to support your mental health at work? Try these 3 tips:

The Art of Improvisation

The Art of Improvisation

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of improvisation?

You may think of improv comedy like the TV show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", jazz music, or freestyle rap. Improvisation is a process - a way of creating something out of nothing. 

Now I know what you are thinking - how does this relate to my life? 

The skills needed to be a good improviser are very helpful skills needed for everyday life, because believe it or not, life is improvised.

Workplace Mental Health Resources

Workplace Mental Health Resources

Employee assistance programs, wellness benefits, and team building activities - three common workplace supports that help support employee mental health.

What is offered at your workplace? Are you aware of the resources available to you?

Reflections on Bench's new Workplace Mental Health Guide

Reflections on Bench's new Workplace Mental Health Guide

Looking to improve the mental health and wellness of your organization? Check out this new doc! We couldn't be happier to see the new Workplace Mental Health Guide come out of a Vancouver based organization, Bench

Staying Healthy When Working Remotely

Staying Healthy When Working Remotely

Working remotely makes for a very different work day then spending the day in an office. Both working from home or traveling a great deal can impact your daily routine, overall health and productivity. We are happy to share some tips on staying healthy while working remotely. 

Happy Mental Health Week!

Happy Mental Health Week!

It's the first week of May...this may mean few things depending on who you are. Maybe there's a bounce in your step at the early signs of spring, maybe you're feeling a little excitement and nervousness for an upcoming race you probably haven't trained enough for, or maybe you're looking forward to discussing mental health and wellness as part of 2016 Mental Health Week!