The recent Globe and Mail article “Beware the debt-reduction pitch” cautioned about high pressure debt-reduction schemes that do not help and in fact may harm. The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) is warning Canadians to be very cautious about companies that claim they can negotiate a deal to cut the amount of debt you must repay to your creditors.
About Kathie MustKathie Must is the Director of Workplace Programs at Mosaic Counselling & Family Services. Mosaic has provided Employee Assistance Programs to regional firms for over 25 years. Mosaic provides EAP and consulting services to organizations in every sector, from 10 employees to over 2500, and with divisions anywhere across Canada and the USA. In December 2009, Mosaic launched www.mosaiceap.ca, a new membership-based, interactive web portal to help business leaders deal effectively and proactively with the impact of mental health issues in the workplace. Leaders benefit from information, tools, resources and forums that will help them manage people issues. In addition, the portal provides a wealth of personal and wellness resources for employees, dealing with topics such as anxiety, depression, effective communication, and conflict in the workplace.Kathie's background is in human resources and business management. She is joined by a team of outstanding clinical, research and communications people. Kathie will bring the breadth and depth of the team's experience to this blog. Mosaic is focused on assisting leaders build healthy, resilient and productive workplaces. Mosaic is a professional counselling agency that has been in the business of helping people find solutions to a diverse range of social, emotional and financial problems since 1952. Mosaic understands the many problems that employees bring to the workplace, and the additional challenges that leaders face in managing the workforce today -- and how critical a reslient workforce is in the manufacturing sector. Mosaic is also known as a community innovator and home of many exciting community projects, including the successul Family Violence Project and Pathways to Education.
Many say civility has left the workplace. It may be due in part to the impact of pop culture or it may reflect the increased work demands that strain our patience. It creates an unpleasant, unproductive work environment. Researchers link lack of civility to absenteeism, turnover and even workplace violence. By keeping the levels of incivility down, we increase workplace safety.
October is the month of thanksgiving and gratitude. With most adults spending more time at work than anywhere else, the workplace can be a good avenue to direct some of this positive thinking! The pay cheque is important, but what really keeps us engaged at work is a sense of meaningful work and our relationships [...]
Do you need money or know somebody who needs money for post secondary education? Can you write an essay describing “What is the dumbest thing I have ever done with my money and what did I learn from it?” Don’t miss this competition! In celebration of Credit Education Week, November 14 – 18th 2011, Mosaic [...]
Workplaces seldom offer the same “new beginnings” each September, as what youth experience when they return to school. There’s an excitement in that change. But, even if we do not “return to the classroom,” we can recreate a bit of that fresh start for ourselves in the workplace. Here are 5 ideas to do that. [...]
After just cleaning out an aging parent’s home, I am much more focused on de-cluttering! I’ve become much more interested in the reality shows where cluttered homes are cleaned out and refreshed! I look at my own home and know I have work ahead of me. I’ve learned there are many contributing factors for clutter. Some [...]
So often we feel we cannot get away from the job – work is busy — we often feel that there is no one else that can do what we do. However, it’s when our work feels the most demanding that it is most critical to take a break. Fatigue and chronic stress directly affect [...]
Sending a text or email is fast and effective in conveying information. But, the words alone convey less than 10% of the message. Want more impact? It may be better to have it ‘face-to-face’. But, use that wisely for impact! Using the power of “face-to-face” So much of workplace communication is now email or text. We couldn’t [...]
What doesn’t get said about individual performance is sometimes the most valuable information in career management. The real opinions of bosses and co-workers matter when it comes to job assignments, promotions and opportunities. Here are a couple of ways to increase personal impact. Understanding how others see you key to impact Getting clear on strengths [...]