Join us May 7 for an interactive panel discussion with Edmonton leaders on mental health in the work place. Become equipped and empowered in developing a workplace culture that is flexible and sensitive to the needs of colleagues.
Come prepared to discuss and explore:
– the effects of stress and suicide in the workplace
– ideas and strategies for discussing these topics (and mental health) in your workplace
– resources and supports available for employers/employees
||May 7, 2019
||7:30 am - 9:30 am
||When Stress and Suicide Show Up at Work
Edmonton Valley Zoo, Otter Room
||13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
Edmonton T5J 2R7
||Click here to register.
||Click here for more information.
DisruptHR is an information exchange designed to energize, inform, and empower people in the HR field. Once in a while an event is born that shakes things up, makes you think differently, and leaves you inspired. That event is DisruptHR.
10-15 speakers, 5 minutes each, 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. Speakers are tasked with challenging our thinking and inspiring us – but whatever they say has to be quick!
||June 5, 2019
||5:30 pm- 8:30 pm
||DisruptHR YEG 6.0
||DisruptHR YEG 6.0
Italian Cultural Society
||14230 133 Avenue
Edmonton T5L 4W4
Our spirits have been ignored in the workplace for too long and they won’t show up if trust is not present. Generally our spirits are relegated to the back seats of the work bus, segregated from our beings. We have been guilty of checking them into a safe place when we enter the workplace. And, we wonder why Gallup reported The worldwide engagement crisis in 2016. As long as the workplace ignores the power and sanctity of the human spirit, the workplace itself and the spirits of those in it will remain broken.
It is popular in social media to tag posts #everythingisbroken or #simplybroken or #broken. No one is tagging #everythingisfixable #fixthebroken or #mendit. What if we started a movement that concentrated on mending our broken selves and our broken bits of the world? Could we reassemble parts of our Humpty Dumpty world in a better way if we changed our declarations, altered our approach, and seized our own possibilities?
No organization can operate at a deficit indefinitely
The challenge is how to explore something mystical in a realm that defines itself primarily by financial results. Even the most socially responsible organization must achieve a certain financial return to keep the doors open. There is not a single organization, for profit or not-for-profit, anywhere in the world that can operate at a deficit indefinitely just because it wants to be socially responsible. When we acknowledge that reality we can drop the pretense that an organization will always put you and your spirit first.
Calling out the pretense
Calling out the pretense is one step on the road to fixing part of the brokenness. Deconstructing the pretense allows us to begin to establish trust. When trust binds our relationships we feel more confident in bringing our whole selves, including our spirits, to work. It is a risky business because trust exposes all parties involved to possible betrayal. And, we all know how betrayal feels. But there are other risks besides the negative ones.
Taking a risk on trust
If we risk establishing trust we will experience benefits. When trust is present, organizations and the people within them develop resiliency. Trust is the foundation of creativity, inspiration, and community. When we are trusted and we trust, we create a safety net. Within that safety net, it is easier to know and depend on one another. As we build relationships, we grow in the certainty that we are respected as contributors, and we seek opportunities to make our corner of the world better. Within an atmosphere of trust we bring our #wholeselves to work; eyes wide open to the risks and yearning for a chance to #mendit.
Performance management is undergoing some changes one of which is the push to mine data, apply metrics, and offer up analysis based on data and metrics. While this shift has the potential to reveal new insights, it should be approached with caution because your data and possibly some of your metrics may be dirty. Similar to the components of a clean diet, a clean analysis depends on identifying the best inputs, avoiding harmful ones, and having a comprehensive understanding of the outcomes you desire.
What is clean analysis?
A clean analysis is being mindful of the source and quality of your data, and the choice of metrics being used to analyze performance in your organization. Ask yourself the following questions when considering your analysis:
- Do you know where your data comes from?
- Is the data being input correctly?
- Are you gathering the right data?
- Does your data allow you to test correlations?
- Is the data being input consistently from department-to-department or site-to-site?
- Do you understand how raw data is being translated to metrics and then to decision-making?
Individuals and organizations frequently suffer from inertia when it comes to change. Sometimes inertia is good, because not all change is beneficial. In our fast moving and driven culture, we are guilty periodically of assuming that we have to be implementing changes on a personal and/or corporate level constantly or we are not improving. The danger in that mentality is that we implement change for the sake of change instead of carefully considering the action, direction, and anticipated outcome before deciding whether change is required.
Anyone can forecast changes in life with the broad sweeping strokes of the law of odds and the laws of nature. But what about those changes that assail the marketplace, leaving organizations reeling? Is it possible to forecast those changes, to anticipate their unfolding? A combination of reflection on the past and a scan of the present can provide an organization with a useful picture to predict the trend lines of the future. For this past-present-future exercise to be valuable, one needs to wield a broad perspective and an open mind.
Change is a really powerful force at work in many areas of our lives and world at any given time. We can chose to change or change can happen to us, one way or another change is inevitable. Our enterprises change, our bodies change, even the sunrise and sunset changes on a daily basis in my neck of the woods. If change is such a pervasive and integral part of our lives, why does it provoke such fear?
I’ve combined a couple of headlines from Twitter to get your attention. Forbes.com had an interesting article and video on Squashers today, and the Harvard Business Review had a post about Innovation Assassins. I am quite certain that in the realm of business the squashers and the innovation assassins are related. We all face them on a regular basis.
The International Year of Cooperatives was officially launched on January 12, 2012 by the United Nations to celebrate cooperatives around the world and raise awareness for an alternative business structure that requires an entrepreneurial spirit to succeed. Purists of the cooperative movement might be cringing at the suggestion that an entrepreneurial spirit is required but if you go to Merriam Webster for the definition of ‘entrepreneur’ you’ll see that the concept has possibilities.