Unemployment on a Record Decline in Canada

The unemployment rate in Canada fell to a new four-decade low this May. Statistics Canada’s monthly Labour Force Survey showed that the unemployment rate dropped from 5.7 per cent to 5.4 per cent; beating the previous low of 5.6 per cent set late last 2018. The part-time segment remained unchanged with all of the gains […]

Rethinking Six Management Mantras for Better Innovation

Innovation is no longer optional for social sector organizations. In the face of constant fiscal pressures, growing demand, and a quickening pace of change, we all need to build innovation-ready cultures. A report commissioned by our organization, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, looked at the financial data of more than 200,000 nonprofits in the United States and […]

Consequences of Reorganizing Your Workspace

If you look at the latest trends in office design, you would be forgiven for thinking that sofas play an outsize role. There is a lot more to reorganizing your workspace than just putting in soft seating. Many organizations are increasingly concerned about helping employees collaborate on the job. This includes creating comfortable spaces where […]

How to Effectively Manage Remote Teams

More and more employers are embracing the concept of remote teams, challenging managers to expand their management styles in a different way. Communication is the most essential measure of productivity and cohesion of remote teams, so we’ve put together some tips to help you manage your remote teams: Have well-structured and regular weekly meetings  Have […]

Build a Culture for Continuous Learning

Continuous learning and development are key priorities when someone is considering a new job. Candidates are often interested in the training and development opportunities as much as the role itself. Failure to invest in learning has long-lasting consequences. A shortfall in learning and development activity has consequences for business performance, attraction and retention of employees. […]

Develop and Maintain High-Performing Teams

Work teams are the backbone of contemporary work life, and high-performing teams make a lasting impact, not only your business, but on your workplace culture as well. You need know when to retain the right people and know when to lose those who are not right for your team. Here are some tips to help […]

Encouraging Team Development

From time to time, it is important to let your team overcome challenges as this ultimately has a positive impact on their development, By giving your team room to solve problems on their own, without jumping in and taking control, you build capacity and resilience in the long-term. As a team leader, you need to […]

How to Deliver Negative Feedback

As tough as it may be to deliver negative feedback to employees, failing to do so could damage the relationship in the long run. Here are some tips to help you deliver negative feedback effectively: Establish a feedback relationship Develop a feedback relationship as early in the relationship as possible. Have an initial ‘talking about talking’ conversation […]

7 Conversations to Have With Employees

It is important to engage in purposeful and meaningful conversations so that you can connect with your team. Below is a list of conversations that you, as a leader, should be having with your employees: The Induction Conversation – a very short conversation that ensures that the professional relationship gets off to a good start and […]

Diversity in the Workplace

When it comes to truly diverse cities, Toronto is at the forefront. Let’s take a closer look at what diversity means in the workplace. Diversity versus inclusion Having diversity without incorporating inclusion is pointless. We often see this scenario when it comes to gender quotas, with women being invited to join the Board of Directors […]