How to make your Career-related New Year’s Resolutions a Reality

The holiday season is now behind us and you are likely back into the swing of things. Or are you? The first few weeks of a new year is often “resolution mode”. The full court press into making positive changes is at a fevered pitch. Maybe you are going to the gym more often, bringing a healthy lunch to work, doing a detox, managing your finances or looking to make some other pretty significant changes in your life.

If you’re thinking about your job and career you are not alone. Job-related resolutions top the list of most popular New Year resolutions. Some surveys suggest it’s in the top four things people are thinking about right now.

Well here is a suggestion: get educated and see what’s out there. Expand your horizons and explore new companies. Awards are also another place to start. What companies are being acknowledged for their business … Read more...

Workers Compensation – The Small Picture: Attitude, behaviour and culture more dangerous than unsafe conditions

This is the third in a three-part blog series on the relationship between workplace culture and the costs associated with occupational injury and illness.

We’ve talked about the relationship between the employer-employee…well, relationship and we’ve talked about impacts on claims, costs and workers compensation. In the story I shared last week, we learned how some of the more ineffable qualities of workplace culture have a significant relationship with employee engagement and therefore absenteeism and direct/indirect costs. 

This is a relationship that information from Health and Safety authorities tends to support. For example, Health & Safety Ontario’s excellent resource, Journey to Excellence: The Complete Guide, emphasizes the impact of organizational culture on health and safety.

The guide notes that hard stats that clearly relate injury rates to organizational culture can be difficult to establish. In large part this is because most companies only report superficial causes (for example, lack of … Read more...

Does your organization have a strong safety culture?

Your safety culture reflects your organization’s collective response to workplace safety and is evident in shared beliefs, behaviours and values your employees exhibit surrounding safety. A solid safety culture is a good indicator that your workplace injury prevention programs are hitting home with your employees, and while this at times can be difficult to measure, Mark Middlesworth, founder of Ergonomics Plus, provides a quick guide to help you gauge your own safety culture. Check out his slides below: