Top 10 Male Privileges In and Outside of the Workplace

  Recently, I witnessed a passionate debate on a friend’s Facebook newsfeed (where most passion lies these days). There was a discussion about gender equality that lead to a rant from a middle aged white male. He spoke about his experience with gender inequality and...

How to Keep Employee Engagement High During the Holidays

  One of the most productive times of year for most businesses is the fall. We come back from summer vacations refreshed and ready to accomplish big goals. Unfortunately, it only lasts so long. Halloween comes and goes and once Remembrance Day passes, we are flooded...

How Workplace Assessments Can Protect Your Small Business

When I started my own business, there was one thing I learned pretty quickly — I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I knew this was the biggest risk to my business, so I started talking to experts and essentially picking their brains. I would ask for assessments of my...

Does Your Small Business Have An Employment Contract? It Should.

When assisting a small business owner with an employee issue or termination, I will usually ask to see the employee’s contract.   More often than not, I get that deer in the headlights look, followed by the confession that there is absolutely nothing in writing.  The...

If you don’t Onboard, You will Offboard

A lot of start-ups and small business owners don’t think they need an onboarding process because they have a welcoming culture or they are a small team or everyone needs to “hit the ground running”. Well that is all lovely but won’t happen if you are not consistent...

Bereavement Leave for Pets

Last week we said goodbye to our 9 year old dog – Oreo. My husband and I had got him before we were married and he truly was our first baby. Dog people will get this, the rest of you may have to bear with me. The grief has been devastating. Knowing we would be a...

3 Ways to Combat Mental Illness in the Workplace

Earlier this month a small Nova Scotia town was devastated when a Canadian soldier presumably killed his wife, daughter and mother before turning a gun on himself. Unimaginable! How does a family recover from this? As a parent, I cannot fathom the state of mind...
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