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Inclusion goes beyond diversity by not just identifying differences, but celebrating and integrating them into daily work life. (Shutterstock)

Diversity in the workplace isn’t enough: Businesses need to work toward inclusion

If organizations truly want to retain diverse employees and have them be successful, they need to make consistent and sustained efforts to support inclusion.
A server brings food to a table as people dine at a restaurant in Vancouver in September 2021. For many people, deciding exactly how much to tip in a given situation can be uncomfortable. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

A tip too far? Why tip fatigue may be setting in for North Americans

As the cost of living continues to rise, the amount Canadians are being asked to tip is also increasing due to a phenomenon known as tip inflation.
A worker from Hope House, an organization that sponsors the use of cryptocurrencies on El Zonte beach, makes a purchase at a small shop that accepts bitcoins, in Tamanique, El Salvador, June 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

Cryptocurrencies are in crisis, but they are not going to disappear

An expert in the field of cryptocurrencies answers the question: Is crypto really here to stay or is it just a fad?
By living a simple life that is fully contained in a vehicle, van dwellers are able to head out on a new adventure whenever they choose. (Shutterstock)

Why some people choose to live the nomadic van lifestyle

For some people, the decision to live in a vehicle is a choice with the goal of being free and self-sufficient to live how and where they want.
A pumpjack draws out oil and gas from a well head near Calgary in October 2022. There are thousands of inactive oil and gas wells in the province that have not been properly decommissioned. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Despite soaring profits, oil companies are not paying enough for their environmental damage

The Alberta government is failing to ensure environmental liabilities are adequately accounted for and that progress is being made to address the province’s massive tailings ponds.
Elon Musk’s cold, impersonal approach to management treats employees like cogs in a machine instead of human beings. (Patrick Pleul/Pool via AP)

Elon Musk’s archaic management style prioritizes profit over people

If Elon Musk’s aggressive management style proves to be successful for Twitter, it could result in other business leaders following suit and turning to unhealthy leadership practices.
For women to reach leadership positions, they need to be valued and recognized for their contributions, which may look different than those of their male colleagues. (Shutterstock)

Supporting feminine leadership can help create a just and kinder future

Feminine leadership encompasses aspects of ourselves that have been pushed aside within conventionally male-dominant spaces. Recentring them can foster leadership that is more inclusive.
Visa and Mastercard both recently agreed to remove their no-surcharge rule, leaving businesses free to pass these fees along to customers. (Shutterstock)

How Canada’s new credit card surcharge will affect consumers and businesses

Businesses can now pass credit card surcharge fees along to their customers. To help businesses predict how consumers will react to credit card surcharges, behavioural economics offers some answers.
Will precarious alternative forms of work, like gig platform jobs, become the norm for immigrant care workers? (Shutterstock)

Gig platforms help immigrant care workers find jobs, but they are only a temporary solution

Alternative working arrangements like gig platforms might help immigrant workers find temporary work, but many care professionals are still unable to find permanent jobs in their industry.
The Foreign Ministers Josep Borrell of the EU, James Cleverly of Great Britain, Yoshimasa Hayashi of Japan, Antony Blinken of the U.S., Annalena Baerbock of Germany, Melanie Joly of Canada, Catherine Colonna of France, and Antonio Tajani of Italy, at the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Münster, Germany, on Oct. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Canada should focus on building ties with countries that share its values

Deliberately crafting economic relationships with countries that share similar political and social values with Canada has emerged as a tool to address current geopolitical issues.
The pandemic made many people more aware of the impossibility of severing work from life. (Shutterstock)

The social and mental health impact of working from home

Two new studies highlight the importance of social connection in the workplace and illustrate why working from home may not be the optimal workplace arrangement.
Sometimes job duties evolve between the time when an employer decides to hire someone and the actual hiring itself. (Shutterstock)

Why the job you apply for may not be the job you get

A recent study about hiring practices sheds light on why some jobs change between when a decision is made to hire someone, and the actual hiring process itself.
Creating a compassionate workplace culture involves acknowledging people’s challenges, even related to apparently small matters, in professionally appropriate ways. (Shutterstock)

5 ways to create a compassionate workplace culture

It’s important that employers and employees understand sympathy, empathy and compassion, and consider these emotions’ roles in both job performance and employee relations.

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