Categories for Organizational Culture

9/ Jun

3 Rules of Employee Engagement I Learned From Being a Dad

3 Rules of Employee Engagement I Learned From Being a Dad

I’m sure those with children will agree there is no worse sound in the world than your crying child. While some are signs of hunger or discomfort, very often they stem from my child being disengaged or bored. In fact, I can even see it happening as she begins to stop playing with a toy, looking around for something else. In our workplaces, disengagement can be harder to see. According to research conducted by Gallup, 51.9% of employees are not engaged but make it seem as though they are. They... Read More >


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4/ Sep

Making the Right Hire

Making the Right Hire

Even 10 years ago, having an excellent product or service at a good price was enough for you to be competitive and successful. Today, with the increasing use of blogs, online review sites, and social media, that is not enough. Our employees define the brand and we rely on them to deliver amazing customer service to ensure our product/service is sold to returning, loyal customers who in turn recommend our product/service to their friends. The culture of an organization is also reliant on having like-minded employees who support each other.... Read More >


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3/ Jul

Bullying in the Workplace

Bullying in the Workplace

Last month we discussed anger and its impact on the workplace. Not surprisingly, we had several requests asking for a paper on bullying. While we could simply examine the prevalence and impact of bullying, I had the opportunity to talk to Rabbi Irit Printz from A World Without Bullying and Nicholas Babiuk, who served as the Program Director of Trails Youth Initiative prior to joining the Witz team. Together with Greg Witz, President of Witz Education, we explore the topic of bullying and what can be done to stop it. All... Read More >


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2/ May

Using Transformational Learning in Organizations

Using Transformational Learning in Organizations

In an earlier paper (which you can read here), we discussed the differences between the generations in terms of motivation and expectations of the workplace. Tied to these differences is one that many overlook: learning style.  Informal or transformational learning has been slowly brought to the work place by Gen-X’s and Gen-Y’s, who, having grown up with huge leaps in technology, were looking for a learning style that kept up with the flow of information they were accustomed to. While traditional or formal training allows employees to learn the base... Read More >


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1/ Mar

Transparency: A Culture of Belief & Leadership

Transparency: A Culture of Belief & Leadership

In late June, Russian jets flew over Canada to conduct observation flights and verify objects of interest or concern. This exercise is in accordance with the “Treaty on Open Skies”, which was created in 2002 to promote increased confidence and transparency between the 34 nations who signed (read the Toronto Start article here.). As I read this article, I started to think about the concept of openness and transparency in leadership. How important it is to develop a robust culture where people buy in. The best cultures are places of... Read More >


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