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15 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
The Challenge of Hybrid Work
If you had to pick two important revelations for organizations coming out of the pandemic, they might be as follows: We don’t have to work in offices to be productive. We may struggle to get everyone back into the office, even if that’s what we want. That’s probably why a lot of employers are considering the concept of “hybrid work”, which allows people the chance to decide how and where they’d like to collaborate with their co-workers. Sonia Kang is an organizational psychologist, a professor at Rotman School of Business as well as host of her own podcast “For the Love of Work” and she joins us to talk about the pleasures and perils of hybrid work.
15 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
How To Fix Languishing Leadership
In a recent article, author and organizational psychologist Adam Grant called languishing “the neglected middle child of mental health” – an emotional state between depression and burnout that doesn’t get as much attention but has the potential to create as just as many challenges for organizations – especially if the languishing person in question happens to be your boss. Leadership consultant, best-selling author and friend of the Nexus podcast Dr. Vince Molinaro returns to tell us what we can do for and about languishing leaders BEFORE they drag us down with them.
14 minutes | May 18, 2021
How To Fix Culture Of Overwork With Kathy Woods
If you’re an employer you may be facing a looming crisis – Global News has called it “The Great Resignation” and New York Magazine named it “The Clock-Out Cure” but they’re both describing the same thing: after a year of accumulating, pandemic-induced work stresses, many talented high performers are quitting work for the sake of their well-being. The circumstances behind these radical acts of self-care may vary but they have origins in something many of us have complained about but few take action to fix (until now): a culture of overwork, where employers demand (either implicitly or explicitly) that their people put their job ahead of all other considerations. Overwork and our shifting attitudes about it are just one of many trends that our guest on this episode happens to be following. Her name is Kathy Woods, and she’s a partner at Deloitte specializing in workforce transformation.
12 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
How To Make Learning a Part of Everyday Work
The worker you hired yesterday isn’t the same worker you need today. The rapid pace of change places a premium on an employee’s ability to learn and adapt, collaborate and innovate. “New skilling” employees and aligning hearts and minds with organizational purpose and values is now mission critical. On this episode of The Nexus, Nexus Learning Practice Leader Rob Pearson discusses how the enterprise learning function is evolving to meet these challenges.
12 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
2020 REPOST: Don’t Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste with Stephen Harrington
Long before there was a pandemic, there was a slow-motion revolution happening in the workplace – automation and low-cost technologies were poised to change not just how we did our jobs, but whether those jobs existed at all. But COVID-19 has had profound impacts on that revolution, and in ways you might not expect. Workplace transformation expert Stephen Harrington joins us to talk about these new twists in the plot.
13 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
How to Hire and Win the War for Talent with Adwoa K. Buahene
The First World faces a serious problem: It’s not making enough babies. Birth rates in developed nations are plunging, so in places like Canada, robust immigration policies are considered necessary if we’re to sustain our populations. But despite the promise of wondrous opportunities, many who choose to emigrate discover it can take years before they find careers in their chosen field, if at all. On this episode, we speak to Adwoa K. Buahene, CEO of TRIEC (Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council) about missing out on immigrant talent pools, how to hire for diversity and how to win the war for international talent.
15 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Nexus 2020 Favourites: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion with Kim Crowder
UPDATED EPISODE: We here are the Nexus podcast factory are working furiously to produce more pods for your listening enjoyment, and we hope to have new ones for you very soon. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this repeat of one of our favorites from 2020. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Antiracism has become a conversation at the forefront of workplace culture. But what do you do if you haven’t done this type of work before? How do you prepare to move your organization into this new future? We talk to DE&I consultant, Kim Crowder, on what you need to do to get started on transforming your organization into the workplace culture of your dreams.
15 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
How to Define and Activate Your Organization's Values with Kevin Burtt
The year 2020 will forever be remembered as a year of profound change and in the midst of all the shocks and stress, it gave us all a reason to pause and think about our values. For businesses, it was about what was important and how they showed integrity, whether it was through Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives, employee engagement, or assessing the mental health of employees. Kevin Burtt, CEO of Nexus, joins us this week to talk about how to define and activate your organization’s values and use them to pursue your workplace purpose.
14 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
Nexus 2020 Favourites: Stephen Liptrap & Mental Health
UPDATED EPISODE: Following the incident at the Washington Capitol, we think this episode is relevant now more than ever. Here's one of our favourite podcasts from 2020. Stephen Liptrap, President & CEO of Morneau Shepell, a leading provider of technology-based HR wellness services joins us to discuss mental health. We look at Morneau Shepell’s Mental Health Index research and tips on how to keep a pulse on employee mental health, prevent productivity loss, and engage with your employees during periods of great stress.
12 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
Fairmont Hotels: An Example of Excellent Company Culture During Covid-19 with Sharon Cohen
In our last episode, we told you why organizational purpose is important. In this episode, we’re going to show you by talking to a leader in one of the industries hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sharon Cohen, Vice President Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, joins us to tell us how a clear, shared purpose among leaders and their teams is helping her people strengthen their sense of community and thrive in this challenging time.
14 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
How to Create a Sense of Purpose in the Workplace with Kevin Burtt
This week, it’s time for something a little different. As we near the end of a whirlwind year, we talk with our very own President and CEO, Kevin Burtt from Nexus Communications, a leading provider of talent communications solutions. We discuss how to create a sense of purpose in the workplace, why purpose culture matters, the Nexus origin story and how we connect people with purpose.
13 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
Why People Analytics is Important for HR with Mark Hickson
With all due respect to the late Steve Jobs, micromanagers, the office was never any kind of guarantee that people would collaborate or be productive. At the same time optimizing performance is still a worthy goal and one that’s not quite as easy now that every day is Wear Your Pajamas to work day. This week we’re talking to Mark Hickson, Knowledge and Insights Lead at Microsoft. He talks to us about people analytics, how to improve your team’s productivity and collaboration and what your organization can do to measure the power of employee connections, improving focus, scheduling resources, and employee wellness.
13 minutes | Nov 3, 2020
How to Support Employee Mental Health with Stephen Liptrap
The 2020 American election is happening today, COVID-19 cases are rising, there are protests in the street and winter is coming. To say that people are under an incredible amount of stress is an understatement. But what do we do about it? This week we’re talking to Stephen Liptrap, President & CEO of Morneau Shepell, a leading provider of technology-based HR wellness services. We look at Morneau Shepell’s Mental Health Index research and tips on how to keep a pulse on employee mental health, prevent productivity loss, and engage with your employees during periods of great stress.
11 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
DE&I: How To Develop an Action Plan with Michael Bach
Updating Your DE&I Playbook: Improve Workplace Culture and Drive Market Growth. We’ve heard all of the metrics – diverse companies outperform less diverse companies, inclusion inspires innovation and contributes to purpose culture. DE&I is vital to your bottom line. So why don’t more companies do it better? That’s the question we put to Michael Bach, founder of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion and author of the new book Birds of All Feathers. We discuss the six steps to DE&I transformation, making Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion its own business vertical, and how we can reframe DE&I initiatives for success.
14 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion with Kim Crowder
Good Trouble: How preparing yourself for a DE&I transformation can benefit your employees. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Antiracism has become a conversation at the forefront of workplace culture. But what do you do if you haven’t done this type of work before? How do you prepare to move your organization into this new future? We talk to DE&I consultant, Kim Crowder, on what you need to do to get started on transforming your organization into the workplace culture of your dreams.
15 minutes | Sep 21, 2020
Workplace Activism with Steve Davis
How to Channel Your Employee’s Advocacy (in Ways That Won’t Blow Back on You Later). In the past six months, we’ve seen the world of work change, economic priorities shift, and social mores put under the microscope under the dramatic pressure COVID-19 imposed on us all. As a result, we’re monitoring brands and leadership closely – searching for the accountability the COVID crisis demands. We’ve all heard of activist CEOs and shareholders, but is there room for activist employees? Can activism in the workplace serve as a business driver? Steve Davis, author of the upcoming book, Undercurrents: Channeling Outrage to Spark Practical Activism, joins us to answer these questions.
13 minutes | Sep 8, 2020
Home Alone With Your Kids with Jennifer Vena
The Looming Challenge of Working Parents (And What Their Employers Should Do About It). Since the start of the pandemic, a lot of working parents have been forced to juggle both their jobs and their kids at home at the same time. Now, this “temporary” situation is looking a little more permanent, and that could create a whole host of problems - from increased attrition to lower productivity to reversals in gender parity. Jennifer Vena of Bright Horizons joins us to talk about what employers can do for working parents to sidestep these issues.
12 minutes | Aug 24, 2020
Virtual Leadership with Dr. Vince Molinaro
Tips on Managing Colleagues You May Never See in Person Again. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we can be pretty adaptable when we choose to be. Between the garbled audio on video conferences and fixing snacks for our kids between calls, many of us have been able to make Work From Home work. However, there’s one thing business leaders still need to figure out – how they show up for their people (and we’re not just talking about the picture on their Zoom profile). Leadership consultant and bestselling author Vince Molinaro joins us to share a few tips on how to lead in a remote world.
11 minutes | Jul 21, 2020
Don’t Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste with Stephen Harrington
How the pandemic is accelerating and hindering the re-invention of work. Long before there was a pandemic, there was a slow-motion revolution happening in the workplace – automation and low-cost technologies were poised to change not just how we did our jobs, but whether those jobs existed at all. But COVID-19 has had profound impacts on that revolution, and in ways you might not expect. Workplace transformation expert Stephen Harrington joins us to talk about these new twists in the plot.
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