May 27, 2012

Is Any Job a Good Job?

As many of you have been reading, there is a lot of press lately about the changes to the Employment Insurance Act.

Here are a few links to some of the news reports.  

What do you think of the changes? What role do you think the Career Development industry should be playing in addressing these kinds of government overhauls?

Have your say on the Engaged HR blog - let's start a dialogue on this hot topic!

May 20, 2012

You Ready to Ride?

Bike to Work Week 2012 is just around the corner – May 28 to June 3, 2012 – and this event is a great way to build healthy activities into your workplace.  This is a great opportunity for you or your Healthy Workplace Committee if you have one, to set up various events and contests to support building a healthy team. 

Here are some ideas for how to incorporate Bike to Work Week into your company:
  1. Set up a bike locking area so that people don’t have to worry about the safety of their bikes.  Keep this in place all year to support and encourage the bike riding option for transportation.
  2. Register a team with the Bike to Work Week Society so that your company and your employees are a part of the excitement of the annual event.
  3. Initiate a “how far did you ride” contest between riders – keep track of daily kms ridden by each employee and award a prize for the person who rides the most kms during Bike to Work Week.
  4. If you have enough riders, set up a local Cycling Shop in the parking lot one morning the week before Bike to Work Week and provide Employees with free bike tune ups.  Or, make arrangements for the employees to receive free or discounted tune ups when they take their bikes to the local Cycling Shop.
  5. To encourage your bikers, have healthy breakfast options waiting for them during the week, like oatmeal, protein bars, and juice in the fridge.  Let them know that you notice that they are making healthy choices by biking to work.
  6. Take a photo of all of your bikers and their bikes and post it on your company Facebook page and/or website to show the team spirit you have in the office.  Don’t forget to take a photo of the winner who rode the most kms in the week as well – celebrate their commitment!
Finding something that your employees are excited about is important, and sometimes setting the example for things like biking to work can be important as well.  Check out Accent Inn’s President & CEO Mandy Farmer and her example of how to bike to meetings!

Having fun with employees and encouraging their good health can go hand in hand and will make a difference to your overall employee engagement. 

What can you do to make Bike to Work Week a reality in your company?

May 11, 2012

Recipe for Disaster!

Did you know that this week is National Emergency Preparedness Week?

An Emergency can affect us all at some point in our lives - at home, at school or at work - whether it be an earthquake, H1N1 pandemic or a really bad storm that knocks out power lines and phone lines for days. Are you prepared?

When H1N1 hit a couple of years ago, there was a rush at my workplace to put in policy, procedures and protocols on how to manage the situation.  We had to address everything from how to communicate to staff that they should stay home and not come to work if they were feeling sick to increasing the amount of hand sanitizer available in the office to making sure that workload distribution for those that were ill was managed fairly .  It took some thought and consideration on how to manage it and during it all I had wished that we had taken the time to develop policy before the emergency happened - not while it was happening! Especially when key staff starting getting sick.  It was not a pleasant situation!

Luckily, there are some excellent materials and resources available through a number of websites:


I know that the reason most of don't have disaster plans isn't because of a lack of information.  My take on it is that there is a general invincibility to us - we believe it won't happen to us. We have the optimistic view that life is in our control.  And for the most part it is - and when it isn't - wouldn't it be nice to be prepared? To be self-sufficient? To be comforted by the knowledge that you, your family, your pets and if at work, your co-workers are taken care because of your efforts ahead of time.

So, I am printing these Recipes for Disaster and making it my mission this weekend to get prepared.  What about you?