Interview: Co-Working Spaces

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.

For more information Innovation Works, see www.innovationworkslondon.ca. You might also check out Coworking Ontario and look for independent co-working spaces and networks of spaces on social media sites.

See the other interviews in this series.

New Interview: Paying a Living Wage

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:

New Interview: Values-based leadership & its impact in the workplace

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.

Listen now to our 15-minute conversation:

Links: Take a look at the Leadership Freak Blog that Janet mentioned, “The Most Important New System You Could Implement in 2016” (applies to any year, of course!), and see the LinkedIn slide deck describing the organization’s culture and values. Also, learn more about Janet and her work: horizonleadership.ca.

First Interview in New Series: Healthy, Progressive & Positive Workplaces

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.

Listen now to our 10-minute conversation:

Photo of Paul Roberts and Anne Carbert

 

 

New Interview Series for 2017

It has been a few years since I have posted an interview here!

I am still proud and pleased with my first interview series that I worked on from 2011 to 2013. My goal was to share tips and expertise on career-related life issues, but include topics that were not directly career topics. So I interviewed a lawyer about contract issues for starting and leaving jobs and also spoke to a professional organizer and an image consultant. Some interviews covered health-related topics such as building self-confidence, managing stress, and understanding the benefits of therapy. Thanks to my interview guests, all the interviews have some timeless tips that are wise and practical.

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!

Managing Stress & Uncertainty

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.

“Career Smarts” Sheet for this interview

 A page of tips and key points from this conversation with Amanda’s contact information and further resources.

Image from Inside Out

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.

“Career Smarts” Sheet for this interview

 A page of tips and key points from this conversation with Tamara’s contact information and further resources.

 

Your Online Presence

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.

“Career Smarts” Sheet for this interview

A page of tips and key points from this conversation with Anita’s contact information and further resources.