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Beating the Winter Blues

Health and Wellness
Winter brings with it frigid temperatures, snowy days, and sometimes a case of the winter blues.  If you find yourself feeling sluggish and having trouble getting out of bed in the morning during the dark and cold winter months; try the following things to help brighten your mood, and lighten your day: Exercise: Don’t have time to go to the gym every day? No problem! Even a 15 minute walk during the day can have a dramatic impact on your mood.  Try a new winter sport! Skating, skiing and snowshoeing are just a few of the fun things you can do during the colder months. Eat Right: Make...

Alberta Employment Standards Legislation Changes 2018

Bill 17: The Fair and Family-Friendly work place Act came into effect as of January 01st, 2018 in Alberta. As of January 1st a few things have changed Compressed work weeks Overtime Banking Agreements General Holiday Pay Vacations and Vacation pay Termination and Temporary layoff Youth employment Legislated Leaves and Leave Eligibility The compressed weeks as of January 01st will be known as ‘Averaging Agreement’. This requires the support of the majority of affected employees to be in effect. The term of agreement cannot exceed 2 years unless part of a collective Agreement. Overtime rules and banking have also had some changes. The rules regarding overtime hours worked...

So you are getting push back on cost…

For some, they just get it right away.  For others, they must go through all the options and then weigh the pros and cons. It really is just part of their process to feel confident regarding the value. Respect the fact that your prospective client wants to review and engage. You might want to ask yourself whether you have listened. Does anything sound familiar? For example, are you recognizing some pain points that your existing clients initially came to you with? Ask yourself, have I been given adequate time to gather this information?  Finally and most importantly, have you even asked the very basic and simple question: “How...

It’s the Little Things: 10 Easy Ways to Say “Thank You”

Personal Advice
When an employee feels appreciated they are more likely to have a vested interest in the company’s success and are more willing and motivated to perform to levels that exceed their responsibilities. Too often we forget to thank our teams for their hard work and this can lead to feelings of underappreciation. Did you know? “Praise and commendation from managers was rated the top motivator for performance, beating out other noncash and financial incentives, by a majority of workers (67%). 69% say they would work harder if they felt their efforts were better recognized. 78% said being recognized motivates them in their job. When managers recognize their employees’...

Changes to Maternity & Parental Leave in Canada

Health and Wellness
The Federal Government is making changes to the rules governing maternity and parental leave in Canada. The updated rules will come into effect on December 3rd, 2017 and will only apply to parents eligible for these benefits after this date. Here is what you need to know: Women will be able to begin their maternity benefit claim 12 weeks prior to their due date. This has increased from the current 8 weeks. New parents will be able to choose the option to extend parental leave from the current 12 months to 18 months of combined maternity and parental leave. If the 12 month option is chosen, the leave...