This is the 4th interview in my new series about healthy, positive, and progressive workplaces.
I’m exploring what contributes to engagement, satisfaction, and well-being at work from the point of view of work environment, organizational culture, and leadership.
In this interview, I talk with Lore Wainwright, Director of Innovation Works, a co-working space in London, Ontario that was intentionally designed for social innovators who seek to generate the kinds of ideas that change the world. We talked about what co-working is, the benefits of these kinds of spaces, and Lore shared some examples of how co-tenants at Innovation Works are engaging with each other and creating a positive environment and culture.
My interview series continues with interview #3 as I explore healthy, positive, and progressive workplaces and what contributes to engagement, satisfaction, and well-being at work from the point of view of work environment, organizational culture, and leadership.
This instalment is a short conversation with Peter Rozeluk, Executive Director of Mission Services in London Ontario. We talked about increasing awareness of “living wage” policies and the decision made this year by Mission Services to pay all staff a living wage. Peter shared why this policy move is important to Mission Services and the impact it’s had for staff and for the organization as a whole. It’s a good example of values-based leadership where an employer puts organizational values into practice and pays attention to its community of workers.
For more information about the concept of a living wage and lists of the growing number of employers across Canada that have now committed to living wage policies, see www.livingwagecanada.ca.
Listen now to my 7-minute conversation with Peter:
Welcome to interview #2 in my new series exploring what contributes to engagement, satisfaction, and well-being at work from the point of view of work environment, organizational culture, and leadership.
I talked with Janet Frood, Executive, Leadership and Team Coach, about “values-based leadership“. I ask her to define that term for us and also describe what it is like when clearly articulated values guide individuals and organizations. Are you cynical about a company putting its values into practice? I have worked with many people who have endured unhealthy and disrespectful workplaces and who might reasonably be skeptical of “values speak” at work. Janet talks about cases of values misalignment and provides some tips for job seekers to investigate workplace values before accepting a job offer.
I am launching a new interview series in which I aim to explore what contributes to engagement, satisfaction, and well-being at work from the point of view of work environment, organizational culture, and leadership.
My first interview for the new series is a conversation with Paul Roberts of the Ontario Co-operative Association. We talked about co-operatives: what they are, what they are like as positive places to work, and why they are relevant today. Co-operatives have a long history and Paul believes they are the “original social enterprises” – businesses based on principle not just profit. There may be more co-operatives in your community than you realize.
You can find more information about co-operatives on the Ontario Co-operative Association website at ontario.coop.
A few years means several advancements in the quality of online resources, recording devices, and design software. (Oh, where were you in 2011, Canva?) But my first interview series still holds up in many ways and I’m not archiving it yet. However, I am now working on a new series and I look forward to gradually posting the interview recordings here throughout 2017.
My theme for the 2017 interview series is healthy, progressive, and positive workplaces.
As much as we can enhance our own skills for career management and personal well-being, work environment is a big factor for job satisfaction – for employees and the self-employed too. So I want to explore some examples of good workplaces and workdays. What contributes to engagement, enjoyment, and well-being at work from the point of view of work environment, organizational culture, and leadership? Stay tuned!
This recording is my interview with Amanda Guthrie, Naturopathic Doctor. We discuss the difference between stress and anxiety, how to fit in stress management when you’re busy and stressed, and some tips for managing stress over a prolonged period of change and uncertainty.
This recording is my interview with psychotherapist Amy Greenleaf Brassert. We discuss what therapy is, how it can help, and Amy offers her suggestions for what to ask a therapist when you call to inquire.
This recording is my interview with chiropractor Dr. Anita Shack.
She reminds us how self-esteem and self-confidence are the foundation of well-being and she shares 5 tips for boosting self-confidence.
This recording is my interview with image consultant Tamara Glick. She highlights how appearance and personal presentation can be an outward expression of our authentic inner selves and also offers a smart approach to updating your image at a time of job or career change.
This recording is my interview with Cassie Barker, Principal of Collective Strategy. We discuss how career changers and job seekers can create an online presence with web tools such as blogs, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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