Author : The Neutral Zone

What is the Public Interest Disclosure Act, and Why Should I Know About It?

As of December 1st, 2019, the Public Disclosure Act (PIDA) came into effect for employees of government ministries in British Columbia. This act was birthed by a desire to ensure the ethical running of the public sector. It seeks to allow current and past employees a safe way to report wrongdoing at their place of […]

What to do When Someone Says, “You’re a Terrible Boss!”

Have you ever been told, “you are a terrible boss!”? How did you respond? What emotions come up for you, and how do you handle those emotions? How do you react? It can be hard to maintain composure when a staff member or peer makes a critical statement directly to you about your abilities to […]

You’re Not as Effective as You Think You Are – Four Tips to Managing Remote Teams

The Covid pandemic has changed our lives in many ways. Not only have we had to adapt to how we interact socially, but many workplaces also had to pivot and ask many of their employees to work remotely. While this was a big adjustment for some, many organizations realized that adopting a remote working culture […]

Being Mindful of Mindfulness

Let’s ensure we start on the same page and explain what we mean when we say mindfulness. “Mindfulness” has been around for centuries and arguably near-millennia. Taking roots from Buddhism and Transcendentalism, the practice of purposefully paying attention to one’s present state and environment without judgment has recently received tremendous accolades from the field of […]

Allyship in the Workplace

There are numerous descriptions and definitions related to ‘ally’ in the workplace and sometimes defining your role can be confusing.  When you want to do the right thing but don’t know where to start, what do you do? KEEP IT SIMPLE TO START Until you gain a better understanding of marginalization and how you can […]

Facilitating a Smooth Return to the Office

Well, here we are. Getting ready to return to the office and get back to “normal.” Excited? Leaders, you have some work to do to ensure we all reintegrate in a positive way. Here are some tips to help you welcome back your team. Allow for opportunities to reconnect socially.  Arrange some casual meeting times […]

5 Tips for Leaders’ Mental Health in 2021

Leaders, in particular, are challenged right now. Sandwiched between supporting extra-vulnerable and less-resilient staff, and organizational pressures to boost productivity from a remote workforce while pulling back on spending. Trite advice encouraging people to be kind to themselves sometimes makes mental health feel like a luxury. Here are some practical mental health tips specifically for […]

Workplace Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – It’s about PRIDE

June is the start of PRIDE celebrations in many parts of the country, and reflecting on the history of PRIDE, it’s exciting to see how far society has come since the 1969 Stonewall Riots. It is also clear that for many organizations we work with, creating a culture that embraces diversity and inclusion is still […]

Being Mindful of Mental Health: How to Effectively Use the Internet for Good!

As our neighbours to the south acknowledge Mental Health Awareness month, we thought that a roundup of some of the more valuable and evidence-based resources on the web is definitely in order. Too often are we suckered into clickbait ads for snake oil cures and opinion-based “information” about mental health that it can seem intimidating […]

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