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A pedestrian views his smartphone as he crosses a city street. Right-to-disconnect laws are aimed at improving the work-life balance of employees, but giving them more freedom over how they work might be a smarter approach. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

How businesses can best help employees disconnect from work

The best way to help employees disconnect from work is to allow them the autonomy to choose for themselves how, when and where to disconnect.
A garment worker walks through a clothing factory in Montréal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. did not collect adequate information about workplace transmission. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes 

Lessons from COVID-19 for the next pandemic: We need better data on workplace transmission

Routine collection of work information from people testing positive for COVID-19 from the start of the pandemic would have enabled better understanding of the role of workplaces in transmission.
Listening is often referred to as a muscle — it has to be developed. Building good listening skills can be a boon to any workplace. (Alexander Suhorucov/Pexels)

How ‘deliberate listening’ builds bonds between managers and workers

With the rise of remote and hybrid work, employees are more isolated than ever. Here’s how ‘deliberate listening’ can help create a foundation for collaboration in this changing world of work.
Female engineers were more likely to ask for help from their female than male colleagues. alvarez/E+ via Getty Images

For engineers, asking for help at work is influenced by gender

In the male-dominated engineering industry, where women represent only about 11% of the workforce, gender influences whom individuals turn to for answers to questions.
When star performers leave, research shows it can lead to turnover contagion — especially when company leaders fail to motivate or inspire. (Shutterstock)

Is quitting contagious? Depends on who else leaves and who’s in charge

When our colleagues quit, are we more or less likely to quit too? Is quitting contagious? Research shows it depends on the departing employee’s performance — and what kind of manager is in charge.
Some workers, irritated that their employers didn’t trust their work habits during the COVID-19 pandemic, may be thinking of jumping ship once the crisis passes. Here’s how organizations can build morale and stop valued employees from leaving. (Shutterstock)

4 ways companies can avoid post-pandemic employee turnover

The post-pandemic return to work will provide an opportunity for employers and employees to reconsider relationships. Here’s how organizations can build morale and stop valued employees from leaving.
For workplace teams returning to the office post-pandemic, it will still be important to protect the benefits of remote work: uninterrupted time for strategically important projects, and respect for personal preferences. (Pixabay)

How to create effective, engaged workplace teams after the COVID-19 pandemic

Post-pandemic, the world of work will probably never be the same again. And that’s probably a good thing. We now have an opportunity to make it better.
A man heads past a clothing store where mannequins sport face masks in Halifax. Retail workers, long-term care workers and teachers say the media has failed to reflect their pandemic experiences. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

To create a better work environment after COVID-19, we must truly hear employees

In post-pandemic Canada, the media will play a big role in shaping public understanding of labour conditions. A future of work that is safe and equitable requires the voices of workers.
Carving out time every day for mindfulness exercises has been shown to be beneficial. Shutterstock

Making space for Buddha in the boardroom

The founding principles of the Buddhist meditation technique known as mindfulness can help business leaders build stronger relationships in the workplace.

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