Skip to content

Posts tagged ‘employee retention’

New Manager Tips for Enhanced Leadership Skills

You’ve done it. You’ve mastered your original job and have had bestowed upon you the illustrious title of Manager. Congratulations. You now have reports whose very careers rest in your more-than-capable hands. And if they fail to do your bidding, all you need is to clench those hands, reminding them who’s boss. After all, what else should they expect from the soon-to-be President, CEO, and Galactic Emperor? But before you charge into you own Little Bighorn, you should probably take a little bit of time to brush up on your leadership skills…just to be safe, my liege. After all, history is filled with lesser leaders, many of whom would have traded their kingdom for a horse in the end. Below are a few new manager tips to avoid their fate…Not that you need them, of course. Read more

Wearing Corporate Culture on their Sleeves: An Interview with Hicham Ratnani and Ethan Song

This article originally appeared in Lēad Magazine, Issue 15: The Value of Brand Attraction.

Boasting more than 100 employees – and growing – after just two years in business, Montreal-based menswear company, Frank & Oak, has made amazing headway in changing how men shop for their clothes. Every month, the company website features new, on trend clothing and accessories, which Frank & Oak itself designs and manufactures. This stunning startup success all began with co-founders Hicham Ratnani and Ethan Song, who sat down with Adecco to discuss how they first acquired the employees they needed to flourish, how their workforce needs continue to evolve, and what they do to adapt to those changes. Read more

Summer Party Ideas for Work

There’s no doubt that, because of the lovely weather, summer, more than any other season, presents you with the most opportunities to celebrate accomplishments, build camaraderie, and bolster morale with your employees. But therein lies the key to narrowing down your summer party ideas. No longer confined to the indoors, you need to base the kind of summer party you have on the reason for the party. Did you meet or exceed your quarterly goals? Do you think your team could benefit from some bonding? Or do you think everyone could use some personal time to unwind? Read more

Engaging the Changing World of Work with Pete Bombaci

This article originally appeared in Lēad Magazine, Issue 15: The Value of Brand Attraction.

According to a 2012 study conducted at the University of Calgary*, the amount of charities in Canada increased by about 21% between 1992 and 2008, while the amount of foundations almost doubled. The same study also reports that, of those many organizations, health related charities made up only 6% of the charities in Canada in 2008, while health-related foundations made up only 14% of all Canadian foundations. What these statistics show us is an increasingly competitive Canadian non-profit market; a market that Movember – the 2004 brainchild of a few Australians that has prompted men around the world to grow moustaches every November to raise money for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s mental health – boldly entered in 2007. Read more

Creating the Vibe to Thrive

This article originally appeared in Lēad Magazine, Issue 15: The Value of Brand Attraction.

By Stephen Brown, President, Partner, FUSE Marketing Group

As the president of the Toronto-based brand activation agency, FUSE Marketing Group, Stephen Brown has a unique perspective on employee value proposition and employer brand proposition. After all, how many organizations out there hold axe-throwing contests to boost employee morale? Drawing from his experiences, Stephen explains how attracting creative thinkers is about more than having an exciting brand – although, that is definitely important. Rather, it’s about building a creative-friendly culture on a foundation of hard-nosed facts and realistic goals. Read more

Work-Life Balance: An Update from the Frontlines

This article originally appeared in Lēad Magazine, Issue 14: The Search for Balance.

By Marilynne Madigan, Managing Partner, Ontario Health and Benefits Consulting Practice, Morneau Shepell

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) estimates that employee burnout accounts for $12 billion in health claims every year. This staggering statistic warrants revisiting a topic that for several years now has been at the forefront of the employment world: the work-life balance – or rather, imbalance – of employees.

Digging a bit deeper, the cost to employers of lost time caused by mental health issues is about $1,500 per person, per year. In fact, every year, Canada’s private sector spends about $180 billion in short-term disability payouts, and $135 billion for long-term disability. Absenteeism, which is simply not coming to work, and presenteeism, which is coming to work while sick, costs Canadian employers about $6.3 billion every year. Read more