Seven steps toward building resiliency

Seven steps toward building resiliency

How do you define resiliency?

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Tips to motivate yourself in order to change your behaviour

Tips to motivate yourself in order to change your behaviour

This micro skill of changing behaviour provides guidance on motivating ourselves to make behavioural change.

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How genetics can influence your mental fitness

How genetics can influence your mental fitness

Do you think your mental health is influenced by your genetics as well?

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What to do when your employee presents a mental health concern

What to do when your employee presents a mental health concern

The impact of mental health and addictions-related disabilities on the work force and economy is staggering.

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Where to start when you need a mental health accommodation at work

Where to start when you need a mental health accommodation at work

It’s important to understand that mental health is a spectrum. You can have poor mental health, but not a diagnosed mental illness, and you can be in a state of positive mental health while living with a mental illness.

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How to recognize – and correct – negative thinking

How to recognize – and correct – negative thinking

Many psychologists employ cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to treat anxiety and depression.

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How to start a mental-health conversation with a colleague

How to start a mental-health conversation with a colleague

We’re all different in how we act, react and carry ourselves. Just because someone appears to have a low mood, is quiet or has withdrawn from social situations doesn’t mean they have a mental-health issue.

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How to be an empathetic leader

How to be an empathetic leader

How important is empathy as an attribute for effective leadership?

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Wake up, try the 72-hour challenge and focus on what really matters

Wake up, try the 72-hour challenge and focus on what really matters

You walk into your staff break room at lunch time and you run into a group of colleagues in deep conversation about what’s wrong with your workplace...

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How exercise can help improve your mental health

How exercise can help improve your mental health

Do you know the benefits of regular physical exercise?

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Why you should find the positive people at work

Why you should find the positive people at work

Our emotions can be facilitated by our interactions with others.

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The mental health benefits of saying Thank You

The mental health benefits of saying Thank You

Research has determined that people who are appreciated by a simple thank-you demonstrate a 50 per cent increase in their willingness to help.

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Self care and productivity are not mutually exclusive

Self care and productivity are not mutually exclusive

Managing stress in the workplace.

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Stress a key driver of substance abuse

Stress a key driver of substance abuse

Understanding how to recognize and treat substance abuse in employees is critical to a healthy work force.

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When is cake not just cake? Some employee retention strategies

When is cake not just cake? Some employee retention strategies

Explainations on inexpensive ways to boost workplace wellness.

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Focus on well-being helps companies keep employees

Focus on well-being helps companies keep employees

Recruiting and retaining talent is essential to any strong organization. But focusing on this while juggling other organizational goals can be a challenge.

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Keep up with your friends, it’s good for your mental health

Keep up with your friends, it’s good for your mental health

We humans are social creatures. Social connections can lead to relationships with other people that paradoxically can bring us joy and pain. While there may be nothing more difficult than getting along with some people, there’s really no greater joy than the lift we get through certain social connections.

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Twelve organizations win top Employee Recommended Workplace Awards

Twelve organizations win top Employee Recommended Workplace Awards

Twelve organizations across Canada received Employee Recommended Workplace Awards for earning top scores in their respective categories.

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Evaluate addictive habits before they get out of control

Evaluate addictive habits before they get out of control

Do you have any addictive habits you or others in your life are concerned about?

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An easy three-minute plan for learning to meditate

An easy three-minute plan for learning to meditate

If you don’t meditate or haven’t thought about trying, it may be because of some stereotype impression you have about what meditation is, and the kind of people who meditate has turned you off.

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Learning to control your emotional switch

Learning to control your emotional switch

Our emotional brain can take over at times and we need to learn how to get our rational brain back on track.

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Take the time to celebrate the good moments

Take the time to celebrate the good moments

Life can be challenging – perhaps the most challenging part is interacting with other humans. Many of us are hyper-sensitive to negative comments or feedback.

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How your core values can guide you in your daily decisions

How your core values can guide you in your daily decisions

Most of us have a set of values that influence how we make decisions. However, if you ask the average person what their top-five core values are, unless they’ve done a value clarification exercise, they may need to take a moment to think about them.

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Seventy-five organizations recognized as Employee Recommended Workplaces

Seventy-five organizations recognized as Employee Recommended Workplaces

More companies across Canada are putting the health and wellness of their staff first and The Globe and Mail and Morneau Shepell have announced that 75 organizations are being recognized as Employee Recommended Workplaces this year.

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Cut! How to edit your self story-telling so it’s more positive

Cut! How to edit your self story-telling so it’s more positive

If you could watch a movie of all your self-talk over the past seven days, what would be the main themes?

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Why you need to do an annual mental health check up

Why you need to do an annual mental health check up

Getting a mental health checkup does not mean you need to have a reason or be experiencing any mental health stress. A mental health checkup is adding a proactive step where you intentionally focus on your mental health to determine if there has been any change both positive and negative.

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Social connections and their power to improve your mental health

Social connections and their power to improve your mental health

A balanced, positive social connection that evolves into a close friendship is a good thing.

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Why standing up for yourself at work is worth it

Why standing up for yourself at work is worth it

Self-advocating is the action of speaking up for one’s self to achieve a desired outcome. The goal for self-advocating is to have some positive benefit on one or more areas of your total health.

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Changing your perspective can alter everything about your day

Changing your perspective can alter everything about your day

There’s little chance any one of us will have a life in which every day things go as perfectly as we expect and plan. Life happens, mistakes happen, and sometimes things just don’t go our way, regardless of how hard we try.

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Forget the new year’s resolutions, a re-start can happen anytime

Forget the new year’s resolutions, a re-start can happen anytime

Many of us fall into daily routines that become automatic and outside our level of awareness until we think about what we’re doing. Automatic routines facilitate micro decisions and micro behaviours that may or may not be good for us.

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Here’s what you can do to build a happiness habit

Here’s what you can do to build a happiness habit

One way to influence happiness is to become aware and in tune with our brain when it’s not focused on tasks or goals and moves to its default model network mode.

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What to do if you’re addicted to your smartphone

What to do if you’re addicted to your smartphone

The growing number of people getting access to smartphones and the increased amount of screen time they’re engaged in, both at work and for personal use, has resulted in more users developing a risk for smartphone behavioural addiction.

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How learning to forgive can improve your mental health

How learning to forgive can improve your mental health

Forgiveness is an intentional and voluntary decision to focus on changing our feelings, thinking and attitude about a real or perceived wrongdoing.

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Why you need to learn how to take 10

Why you need to learn how to take 10

When you woke up this morning, was there one thing you planned to do just for yourself?

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How to turn a negative thought into a positive one

How to turn a negative thought into a positive one

While there are events that we cannot control, we can be intentional in how we respond to stress in the statements and questions we ask ourselves and others.

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A pathway to finding true happiness

A pathway to finding true happiness

Happiness and what brings happiness for each of us varies.

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How to make a plan to boost your mental fitness

How to make a plan to boost your mental fitness

Most of us know that building physical fitness requires resolve and that you take the right actions to improve your nutrition, exercise, rest and hydration.

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Perfectionists, it’s time to give yourself a break

Perfectionists, it’s time to give yourself a break

At the core of perfectionists is fear of not being good enough.

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Why consumers and workers need to understand the effects of cannabis

Why consumers and workers need to understand the effects of cannabis

In a few days there will be another legal recreational drug available for Canadians of legal age to indulge in. Canada will be the first industrialized country in the world to legalize cannabis for recreational use. Whether you’re currently a user of cannabis or a potential user, you likely have a point of view on this topic.

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The many reasons why you need to say ‘Thank You’

The many reasons why you need to say ‘Thank You’

Two words in the English language when spoken authentically are among the most powerful phrases for promoting social connections: “Thank you.”

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Minding the mental health of today’s students – tomorrow’s work force

Minding the mental health of today’s students – tomorrow’s work force

By extending accommodation to students living with a mental health problem, universities and colleges will ensure they set out to join the work force with confidence in their capacity to succeed.

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Protecting the protectors: Safeguarding the mental health of first responders

Protecting the protectors: Safeguarding the mental health of first responders

First responders form a unique and resilient work force. Safeguarding their mental health is integral to protecting and promoting the safety of our communities.

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Hiring aspiring workers living with mental illness makes both sense and cents

Hiring aspiring workers living with mental illness makes both sense and cents

Every week in Canada, half a million people call in sick because of a mental health problem or illness.

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Supporting healthcare workers' mental health is good for patient care

Supporting healthcare workers' mental health is good for patient care

The benefits of entrenching psychological health and safety in the workplace can no longer be dismissed.

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What to consider when auditing your company’s psychological health and safety plan

What to consider when auditing your company’s psychological health and safety plan

How confident are you in your ability to conduct a psychological safety audit in your workplace?

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A safe workplace requires a team approach

A safe workplace requires a team approach

One group alone can’t ensure a workplace is psychologically safe.

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The unexpected benefits of being kind

The unexpected benefits of being kind

Performing an act of kindness shifts our attention to a positive that can be helpful when our mind is busy worrying or stressing.

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Steps to create a psychologically safe workplace

Steps to create a psychologically safe workplace

How does an organization create a psychologically safe workplace?

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Make a plan to stop a bad habit – and replace it with a good one

Make a plan to stop a bad habit – and replace it with a good one

This micro skill provides tips on changing old habits into new ones.

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What is employee psychological safety and who at work should be in charge of it?

What is employee psychological safety and who at work should be in charge of it?

Where did the term psychological safety come from?

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Why you need to take care of you

Why you need to take care of you

This micro skill explores how self-care can play a role in how we manage stress and maintain our composure under pressure. How we react to these kinds of situations and the degree they have a negative impact can be predicted by our self-care.

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Why you need to evaluate your organization’s mental health strategy

Why you need to evaluate your organization’s mental health strategy

Does your organization have a documented mental health strategy in place? 

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How to keep your brain healthy and avoid cognitive fatigue

How to keep your brain healthy and avoid cognitive fatigue

Think back to your school days, especially postsecondary school, and how your brain felt after cramming all night for a tough exam. Remember that? When you felt like your brain had been pushed to the limit and was no longer functioning properly? That is called cognitive fatigue.

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Why one organization is pushing its industry to measure the health of its employees

Why one organization is pushing its industry to measure the health of its employees

An organization that provides health and wellness services to the broad communications industry wants to see more companies in the sector take the pulse of their staff to find out where they’re coping well – and where they’re not.

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How to manage when your decision-making abilities are frozen by information overload

How to manage when your decision-making abilities are frozen by information overload

We’ve all been there: You had to make six major decisions before lunch and felt completely overloaded with all the information coming at you. This information overload, or “infobesity” can cause stress or cause you to just shut down.

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A path to successful problem solving

A path to successful problem solving

How confident are you in your ability to solve problems under stress?

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Discover the link between productivity and resilience

Discover the link between productivity and resilience

Does your organization's success really depend on its people?

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We all just want to have fun – but are we?

We all just want to have fun – but are we?

How much fun do you allow yourself to have each day?

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Why you need to keep self deception in check

Why you need to keep self deception in check

How familiar are you with the idea of self-deception?

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Is it better to be patient or persistent in order to reach your goals?

Is it better to be patient or persistent in order to reach your goals?

What trait dominates your decision making and actions: patience or persistence?

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Making mental health a workplace priority

Making mental health a workplace priority

More than 60 per cent of Canadian organizations report that they don’t have a mental health strategy in place. 

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What to do when you’re stuck in a negative feedback loop

What to do when you’re stuck in a negative feedback loop

Have you ever been stuck in a negative mental loop?

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Eight ways to prepare your organization for the legalization of marijuana

Eight ways to prepare your organization for the legalization of marijuana

Will your organization be ready to manage cannabis in your workplace?

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Taming the negativity factor in relationships

Taming the negativity factor in relationships

Why do we put more focus on a negative comment than a positive comment? 

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Mental health and your day at work

Mental health and your day at work

How you feel plays a big role in how productive and happy you are on any given day. If you’re tired, overwhelmed and emotionally exhausted it’s much harder to have a good day.

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Workplace stress a main cause of mental health issues, study finds

Workplace stress a main cause of mental health issues, study finds

Is your senior leadership concerned about the number of employees who may be coming to work each day with a mental health issue or mental illness?

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How to turn rejection into something positive

How to turn rejection into something positive

How prepared are you for rejection?

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Three key conditions to create a healthy workplace

Three key conditions to create a healthy workplace

Current research underscores the importance of creating workplace cultures that foster the psychological health and wellness of employees within their team and work environments. Healthy workplaces support employee wellbeing, are psychologically safe, and provide the basis for effective team functioning.

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What to do when we question whether life is worth living

What to do when we question whether life is worth living

If you trip and fall while walking across the street, what are the chances you will skin your knees?

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A plan to make happiness happen

A plan to make happiness happen

How significant is depression as a global cause of disability? 

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The key to creating your own good luck

The key to creating your own good luck

How much do you think having a good day is due to luck?

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How to say no at work nicely

How to say no at work nicely

How often do you say yes to your manager when you would rather say no?

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Why a glass of water can make you more productive

Why a glass of water can make you more productive

How much do you pay attention to your daily hydration levels?

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How workplaces can improve mental health support

How workplaces can improve mental health support

How can we make mental health support more accessible to more people?

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How leadership can impact workplace mental health

How leadership can impact workplace mental health

Thousands of books claim to include the most important knowledge and skills required to be an excellent leader. However, there’s much less written on the key knowledge and skills required for a leader to effectively prevent stigma, promote mental health and support employees’ mental health in the workplace.

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Awareness is the first step to promote mental health in the workplace

Awareness is the first step to promote mental health in the workplace

Do you know when someone is having a bad day? Do you notice their facial expressions, body language, even tone of voice and words? Would you know how to determine if they may be experiencing more than stress, perhaps a mental health crisis?

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Small steps can lead to big change in curbing mental illness in the workplace

Small steps can lead to big change in curbing mental illness in the workplace

Sometimes we don’t need another program; we need a movement to make lasting change.

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There is no work-life balance - but how you blend your time matters

There is no work-life balance - but how you blend your time matters

So, how are you managing your work-life balance?

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Caring employers boost productivity of their staff, survey finds

Caring employers boost productivity of their staff, survey finds

What is one of your most important assets that predicts your organization’s success?

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Winning workplaces put flexibility first

Winning workplaces put flexibility first

Flexibility is top of the mind this year: flexibility in the workplace, flexibility in employee relations. This can mean everything from varied office hours and working from home to creating a more adaptable office culture and open-door communication.

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Employee Recommended Workplace Award celebrates 11 organizations that earned top scores

Employee Recommended Workplace Award celebrates 11 organizations that earned top scores

Eleven organizations earned the highest scores, highlighting their excellence in achieving a healthy, engaged and productive workforce, to become top category winners at the second annual Employee Recommended Workplace Award.

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Medium-sized companies get top health scores in benchmark report

This article highlights some findings from the total health benchmarks from the 2017 Employee Recommended Workplace Award. 

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Write away your stress with a journal

How do you objectively evaluate each day as being positive or negative?

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Winners see award as ‘validation that we’re doing the right thing’

Nine companies win top prize at the inaugural Employee Recommended Workplace Award ceremony.

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The winning formulas for workplace wellness

Health and wellness can be many things to many people, and individuals will always have a preference over what works for them.

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Sensitivity grows for workplace mental illness

Every week, half a million workers in Canada call in sick because of mental health problems.

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Employee Recommended Workplace Award finalists announced

Thirty-two Canadian companies have earned the distinction of being named an Employee Recommended Workplace in the first year of the awards developed by Morneau Shepell and The Globe and Mail.

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Why you need a mental health leader

This is part of a series examining the mental health experience in Canada’s workplaces.

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Should my company hire someone to implement a mental health strategy?

This is part of a series examining the mental health experience in Canada’s workplaces.

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A step by step plan to improve workplace mental health


This is part of a series examining the mental health experience in Canada’s workplaces. 
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