Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence

As I read once, “if you can’t name it, you can’t manage it” which has helped me on my way (no, I will not say journey, nor will I say navigate) to identifying and managing my own emotions. The responsibility for understanding your own emotions starts early.  Children and teens are often the recipients of conflicting messages when it comes to feelings.  These messages can be gender-biased, sexuality-biased, confusing and just plain wrong.  It will be up to the emerging adult to separate the conflicting messages around emotions and find their own truth. To help my 3 teens with that difficult task, I have been listening to a book by Sheri Van Dijk that focuses on teenage emotions but is easily applicable to adults.  And when I saw this article on IG this week, I recognized many of the principles Ms. Van Dijk discusses, listed as suggestions by Marcel Schwantes in Inc. magazine.  I’m not a big fan of the “5 simple steps to….”, or the “10 reasons why…” format, but this one, I’ve printed out and posted on my office wall.  Anyone looking to understand and improve their EQ might be wise to give it a read.  Warmest regards,...

Returning to the office. What’s next?

A presentation by Pamela Ross. After a decade in HR Pam now provides strategy in leadership to organizations who want to humanize work. Pam will explore and facilitate discussions on the three biggest topics facing managers today. What does back to the office look like? How well can we recover from setbacks? How do we maintain home and work health? This is an event you don’t want to miss. Save your seat today! – Register on Eventbrite Now...
Holiday recipes, from our family to yours.

Holiday recipes, from our family to yours.

The Staffworks team is a small but mighty combination of people of different cultures and holiday traditions. And one of the things that we all have in common is our love of food! We’ve put together a list of our favourite holiday recipes below – we invite you to take a (virtual) peek into our kitchens and maybe even try a new recipe or two! Click on the links below to be taken directly to the recipe. Eritrean Coffee Ceremony – From Lydia’s FamilyUkrainian Cabbage Rolls – From Trisha’s MomPeppercorn-crusted Beef Tenderloin – Adapted by MilaGuyanese Pepper Pot – From Ameena’s FamilyJamaican Rum Cake – From KerineSweet Noodle Kugel – From Lexi’s FamilyShortbread Cookies – From Sandra’s Maternal GrandmotherPeanut Butter Balls – From Rob’s Family Eritrean Coffee Ceremony Recipe Lydia’s family has adapted this recipe for their family get-togethers. They enjoy sitting around the Christmas tree during the coffee ceremony, taking a mindful moment to talk and spend time together as a family. To learn more about the history of this ceremony, and the necessary ingredients and steps, check out this link. Ukrainian Cabbage Rolls Ingredients & Recipe This cabbage roll recipe is meat-free, although it can also be enjoyed with pork. Add a dollop of sour cream onto the finished cabbage rolls for extra yum! 1 medium head cabbage1 1/2 cups uncooked white rice 2 tablespoons butter1 onion, chopped1 can (46 fl. oz.) tomato juicesalt and pepper to taste Preheat oven to 165 degrees C (325 degrees F). Grease a 2-quart casserole dish. Steam the whole head of cabbage until it is al dente. Meanwhile, bring 3 cups...

Integrating New Work From Home Hires

Looking for practical tips and guidelines? Click here to view Marsh’s “Returning People to the Workplace Safely: A Practical Guide for Managing COVID-19” in pdf format. See below for our selection of informative tips, videos, and articles! TED Series, “The Way We Work”, TED. https://www.ted.com/series/the_way_we_work.Kurter, Heidi Lynne. “4 Ways to Onboard New Hires Quickly Without Harming the Employee Experience”, Forbes.com, 23 Apr 2020. https://www.forbes.com/sites/heidilynnekurter/2020/04/23/4-ways-to-onboard-new-hires-quickly-without-harming-the-employee-experience/#648249d74017.hronboard, “7 Creative Ideas to Make your Employee Onboarding Amazing”, hronboard.me, 2020. https://hronboard.me/blog/onboarding-ideas/.Stephenson, Jessica. “5 Pro Tips for Quickly Pivoting to a Virtual Employee Onboarding Process”, ExactHire.com, 6 Apr, 2020. https://www.exacthire.com/blog/hiring-process/5-tips-pivoting-virtual-employee-onboarding-process/.Moss, Kevin, & Manzo, Sona. “Considerations to support delivering an exceptional onboarding experience during business disruption”, Human Resources Today, 29 Apr 2020....
Marketing your business as a recruitment strategy

Marketing your business as a recruitment strategy

Have you ever looked at the journey a jobseeker goes on when trying to apply for a job with your company? Where do they go to find opportunities? What does this process look like? And finally what messages are you providing them along the way? Clarity is a big issue in the job market. It can be unclear to the talent where they should start looking for opportunities within your business. Should they go to your web site and send an email to your generic email address; should they engage with a recruiter or search job boards and social media hoping you are going to post there? Helping people understand where you hire is vital, even when you aren’t hiring. Some brands may have a blank careers page, an email address or a ‘check back soon’ message, with no focus on selling your brand to these jobseekers. Forcing talented people to either keep checking back or give up and send in an application to an email address, never to be heard of again. This becomes a frustrating procedure for talent as they try separate themselves from the crowd. From a business perspective it’s a missed data capturing opportunity for your next hiring period. This lack of focus with in-house recruitment generally is due to the cost of acquiring or managing technology. Most companies would love the ability to present their brand and culture to people who express an interest in a career with them but after prioritizing their budget it often becomes lost by the wayside. In order to attract better talent, recruitment is now about marketing your jobs...
Want to ask for a raise?

Want to ask for a raise?

Here’s the first question you need to ask yourself: Why do you think you should get this raise? Consider the value you bring to your employer and why you merit an increased salary. What have you done since the last time your pay went up to warrant a pay raise? If you have brought in more business, taken on additional responsibilities or done especially well on a particular project, you already have some evidence to present to your employer. Be as specific as possible. Have you researched your market value? Do you know your value in the market? Research how raises are calculated in your organisation, perhaps by talking to your HR department. This will help you have a stronger case to put to your employer. Choose your timing to ask carefully Don’t pick a time when your boss is in the middle of something big, or a problem has emerged in the office. Also if you can time your request to coincide with a performance review that would be much better. Book a meeting with them for a time when you know you’ll have their full attention. In your calendar invite, detail what you would like to discuss, so that they have time to prepare before the meeting. Negotiation is key Be ready to negotiate, at length if necessary, and be clear on how much you are willing to compromise and why you deserve the higher salary. Remain professional During the meeting it is important to keep your emotions at bay. Although you may have strong feelings, especially if you feel you have been unfairly treated compared to...