Maslow was misunderstood. Meet employees emotional needs for safety and security.

I recently read a great HBR article called , "Make Sure Your Employees’ Emotional Needs Are Met" by Susan David about Maslows "hierarchy" of needs that supports the emerging view that beneath our behaviours and perceptions are underlying primary emotions, and that these emotions are based on feeling secure in our relationships - at home, [...]

Dependency gets a bad rap. Reach out and Connect

We have it all wrong.  Our North American culture has framed dependency as a bad thing, a weakness.  Not so say two leaders in the field of neuroscience and relationships, Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Daniel Seigel. Being attached to someone provides our greatest sense of security and safety. It means depending on a partner [...]

Emotionally fulfilling relationships make us well

Relationships are at the core of human experience.  Research in neuroscience has unequivocally found that Emotionally fulfilling relationships make us well.  When we are connected and feeling safe in our relationship, then we have the confidence to venture out and test the world, and interact independently, knowing we have a secure base and a safe [...]

Can a positive environment decrease Cyberbullying?

I recently read a great article shedding by Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D. shedding some more light on cyberbullying. As a parent, I'm keenly interested in making sure my kids feel safe, whether at school our outside of it.   In his article, he stated that adolescents have been bullying each other for generations. The latest generation, [...]

40% of Canadians bullied at work

Bullying does not just happen on the playground. Experts say it's a real problem in the workplace, too.  How common is workplace bullying in Canada?  From a CBC news summary, Jacqueline Power, an assistant professor of management at the University of Windsor's Odette School of Business, has spent years researching bullies in the workplace. She [...]

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Workplace Bullying Prevention Act – Respectful Workplaces coming to BC

respectful workplace Want to more respect and civility at work? Want to prevent and reduce bullying in your workplace? There has been an important first step. Just this summer, there was the first reading of a proposed act in British Columbia to prevent workplace bullying. This is very good news. While at this [...]

Separate the person from the problem

Most conflicts have two aspects to them that need to be attended to.  There is the person you are dealing with, their relationship with you and the feelings and emotions that are influenced by the relationship.  This is where we often get hooked by falling into the heat of an argument, losing our cool and succumbing [...]

What is a Respectful Workplace?

A respectful workplace is one where we treat each other with respect and dignity and protect each other from unwelcome behaviour like bullying and harassment.  We know through studies that demonstrating compassionate behaviour on its own accounts for improvements of productivity up to 30%.  Why is this?  We seem to know intuitively that if someone [...]

How do you see into another’s world?

Dan Siegal talks about the neuropsycholgy of empathy. Mirror neurons simulate internal states. Your brain takes in another's emotional state through your "mirror neurons" that influences your brainstem and then the body. You resonate with what you see. You start feeling thirsty as you imagine I am feeling thirsty. You start feeling angry if you [...]

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