Office plants help boost workers’ mental health: study

Source: hrreporter.com Greenery ‘can reduce psychological, physiological stress’ A new study has found that the presence of small plants at work can help boost the mental health of employees. “Having opportunities to gaze intentionally at nearby plants on a daily basis in the work environment can reduce the psychological and physiological stress of office workers,” says the study done by …

CEO of company that fired employee over tweet admits ‘overreaction’

Source: hrreporter.com But says he’s not going to second-guess staff’s decision The CEO of a U.S.-based company that fired a Canadian employee who complained on Twitter about the company’s Christmas gift admitted that his staff may have overreacted — but he stands with their decision, according to the Star Tribune. Dan Florness, CEO of industrial supplies company Fastenal based in Winona, …

Nova Scotia opens helpline for workers affected by mill closure

Source: hrreporter.com ‘It’s vitally important that support is available to those who need it’ Nova Scotia is partnering with Morneau Shepell to open a confidential, toll-free helpline for those affected by the pending closure of the Northern Pulp mill in Ambercrombie. “The impact of this situation reaches beyond those directly employed in the forestry sector and it’s vitally important that …

Starbucks provides mental health app to employees

Source: hrreporter.com ‘Eliminating the mental health stigma is about more than just starting the conversation’ Starbucks is now providing Canadian employees with a free subscription to the meditation app Headspace. The tool offers guided meditations, informative videos, articles and animations on topics such as sleep, focus and anxiety to help users “live a happier, healthier life, more restful life.” The …

Researchers tout auto-enrolment to employer-sponsored emergency savings

Source: hrreporter.com ‘Rainy-day savings arrangements at the workplace could help attract and retain valuable employees’ Automatically enrolling workers into an employer-sponsored payroll deduction rainy-day or emergency savings account could be a cost-effective means of helping people accumulate liquid savings to meet urgent pre-retirement expenditure needs, according to a new study.

Canada’s Top 100 Employers rise to the top for their focus on mental health, social impact and work-life balance

Source: theglobeandmail.com Who are Canada’s Top 100 Employers? Quite simply, they are the best that set the standard for doing business in Canada. They have built exceptional organizations where best practices are the norm, where progressive and innovative programs push the boundaries to make the workplace better for their people. For instance, Export Development Canada in Ottawa features a new wellness …

Why mid-life could be the best time to change careers

Source: cbc.ca Record low unemployment, innovation, longer careers just some reasons middle-aged workers can find new paths Changing careers at mid-life may be more feasible and desirable than it’s ever been, labour market experts say.

CANADA: Thinking of switching careers? You’re not alone says recent survey

Source: www.orilliamatters.com Over one-third of Canadians have completely switched their career at some point in their life, says a recent survey by Indeed Over one-third of Canadians have completely switched their career at some point in their life. According to a recent survey by job search website Indeed, 38 per cent have made the jump to a different field of work, …

Most Canadians who switch careers are happier for it, survey finds

Source: cbc.ca Better pay is a major motivator, but so is opportunity for growth Nearly nine out of 10 Canadians who have made a career change say they’re happier since switching paths, a new survey has found. Conducted on behalf of job site Indeed Canada, the research polled 1,023 randomly selected full-time workers from a variety of industries and education …

As Your Team Gets Bigger, Your Leadership Style Has to Adapt

Source: hbr.org Back when our Facebook design team still fit around a conference table, a new designer joining our merry band was a momentous event. Everyone loved sitting down and showing her how we worked —where we kept our design files, what tools to download, which meetings to attend. We were grateful that someone else had come to help us …