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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Workplace Conflict: A Danger to Productivity

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The work environment is full of conflicting personality types and workplace conflict can result. In a close work environment, a bully or difficult personality can easily derail projects, and addressing the issue can often be difficult. In some cases conflict can lead to various types and levels of harassment.

Some forms of harassment are easier to identify than others, but unwelcome comments, stereotyping, sexual jokes and discriminating behaviours, shouting, degrading or belittling a person publicly, withholding work or information and/or setting an unrealistic workload on an employee are all serious issues that should not be taken lightly.…
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Effective Leadership: 3 Points to Increase Employee Productivity

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As a leader your role is to help people develop, grow and become better employees and not to be their friends. Confusing being liked with being trusted or respected is a classic. Certainly, the more your staff likes you, the easier your job can be. They will be more inclined to talk to you, share their concerns and bring issues to your attention. But when the line between friend and boss is blurred, it can become difficult to make decisions, offer constructive feedback, remain objective and maintain your authority.
Setting boundaries between you and your employees is a balancing act that isn’t easy to achieve.…
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Elder Care: A New and Unfamiliar Challenge

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As Canada’s workforce grows older they encounter new and unfamiliar challenges outside of work that can negatively affect their concentration and performance in the office. Caring for elderly parents is a challenge almost every one of your employees will face at some point, and one that is difficult to prepare for.

If medical issues arise, employees are often thrown in a tailspin. They are often forced to travel long-distances to provide support and make important decisions regarding elder care. For an extended period they may be responsible for taking care of their parent or finding a facility that can provide it.…
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