Employee disengagement: zombies at work

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unhappy female worker With Halloween looming, it is that time of year for Zombies, but apparently not just the fake ones. Have you ever considered that at work there may be “walking dead” amongst us that we don’t even notice? David Zinger recently blogged about “Employee Engagement: Is Employee Disengagement a Form of Death?” and while I think his idea certainly grabs our attention and points to the seriousness of the issue for organizations, it ignores employees who are still “alive” – albeit barely. Zombies don’t know that they are dead so how would an employee know if they’re near gone or a lost cause?

As a manager, I wonder how we can identify a soon-to-be-corpse or indeed recognize when we …

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A simple strategy to balance work and play

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University studentI’ve been to my share of parties and the truth is: partying can be stressful if you have other commitments and pressures you need to deal with first. They can dampen your mood and cause you anxiety which is why I opt out whenever possible. Often a part of me worries about missing out on great times with friends but the other part worries about not getting my work done if I do go. However, this will always be a challenge trying to choose to go out or get work done.

There are times when I push my work aside and hang out with my friends at a party just …

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How to form a fitness habit

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Couple exercise with weightsHow often have you found yourself getting into the swing of things with a new exercise routine soon to feel the initial excitement wear off and other responsibilities eclipse all of your good intentions? You are not alone. Taking the initial step towards getting active is difficult but the more challenging and important task is maintaining your commitment to the activity by creating a fitness habit.

The following top 5 tips will set you up for success and help you sustain long-term fitness!

1. Find your motivation. Well-being first – aesthetics last.

A study by researcher Diane Klein, Ph.D. has confirmed that long-term exercisers (those working out for an …

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Planning your child’s after-school program pathway

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children looking at bugs in a jarTop American Idol competitors are often quoted as saying that they have been singing since they were 5-years-old. While inspiring, this kind of statement can be discouraging to many parents who struggle to get their child to focus on one activity for an entire school year, let alone throughout their entire childhood. However, as competition increases for apprenticeships, internships, and jobs, parents may want to consider planning an after school program pathway that keeps their kids committed longer, and increases their future competitive edge.

One successful model is that of youth-serving organizations (YSO), like the Girl Guides and Scouts, that aligns their programs with age-related social and behavioural needs. This helps …

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Celebrate Food Heroes on World Food Day

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Boy eating strawberriesHeroes do what matters and contribute to the greater good but they don’t all wear tights and a cape. In fact, my heroes wear work boots and have dirt under their fingernails. My heroes are family farmers around the world who put safe and wholesome food into their local communities and on our tables. Think of the anxiety you would feel if you didn’t have access to fresh, farm-grown food, and good nutrition! Unfortunately, food insecurity happens all over the world, in both poor and wealthy nations and the family farm is an important antidote. It’s important that this World Food Day we celebrate family farming, and recognize the contributions of …

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