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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

The Pros & Cons of Summer Hours

Give employees the option of leaving work early on Fridays during the summer – or give them those Fridays off entirely – and they’ll almost invariably rejoice. Having started in New York City as means of avoiding rush hour traffic, summer hours is a trend that’s spread all over the world, manifesting itself in a variety of ways. Some organizations will allow employees shorter hours on various days or allow one day off per week that isn’t necessarily Friday. Be it a compressed work week (where various days are shortened) or a four-day work week, summer hours have increased in popularity among employers because they’re thought to increase employee morale and all the good things that go along with that, such as higher retention, candidate attraction, and productivity.

However, there is still a lot of debate about whether summer hours really do result in these benefits. As an employer, it’s important that you consider all the possibilities associated with summer hours before you decide on what kind – if any kind – of summer hours program you think you should implement. Read more

Paternity Leave: Why it Matters for Families & Businesses

Last month’s article on the “office mom” – in honour of Mother’s Day – examined stereotypes of women in the workplace and how characteristics typically associated with femininity, such as compassion and affection, may be a welcome instillation into today’s world of work, especially with regard to leadership styles. So, in honour of Father’s Day this month, we’re taking a close look at the upheavals and discoveries that are forcing us to rethink what it means to be a man and a father – and how employers should respond to these new perspectives, particularly when it comes to paternity leave. Read more

Why it Pays to Be a Family-Friendly Workplace

While not every province in Canada celebrates Family Day, it’s definitely taken the country by storm in recent times with BC celebrating its very first Family Day this year. And just as Family Day is becoming the norm in Canada, so too should the family-friendly workplace; not just for the benefit of burgeoning young families, but for the benefit of employers’ bottom lines, too.

A family-friendly workplace is called that for a variety of reasons that range from helping their employees to start new families to providing up to six weeks of paid vacation time. Regardless of their specific offerings, each of these employers is likely to benefit from high employee morale, loyalty, and retention, which translate into higher productivity, lower turnover and training costs, and access to an eager pool of potential workers waiting in the wings.

But what makes a family-friendly workplace, and why is it so important to an employer’s success? Read more

How a Grueling Commute Can Quash Productivity

In recent years, several studies conducted throughout the Western World have looked at how longer commute times and frustrating commute methods are taking their toll on employee health – both physical and mental – and how that problem is translating to lost productivity and lost profits for organizations.

So how does Canada stack up, and what can Canadian employers do to help their employees cope with commuter discontent and its consequences? Read more

Boost Employee Morale, Boost Your Business

Among the many responsibilities a manager has, one of the most important – yet often overlooked – is employee morale. After running reports, analyzing numbers, and attending meeting upon meeting, it’s all too easy to forget an employee’s birthday, lose track of what your team’s working on, or postpone someone’s review. And while these lapses may seem minor in the grand scheme of things, they actually have a direct impact on your organization’s bottom line.

Employees who feel that their work – and therefore they – don’t matter put less effort into their jobs, call in sick more frequently, and resign more often, ultimately leading to lower productivity and lower profits. But there are several ways employers can boost employee morale – and keep it there. Read more