Getting people to eat away from their desks is no small feat and is a fundamental change to the daily habits of many workers. We’re increasingly spending longer hours at work and, if taking a quick bite at the desk means shaving 20 minutes off the day, that’s a trade-off many are willing to make. However, the perceived time-saving is a fallacy.
We wanted to take this one step further and truly ingrain employee wellness into our culture, so we implemented a healthy desk policy, a Canadian first. The policy prohibits employees from eating at their desks in the interest of promoting physical and mental well-being in the workplace. It’s not meant to be restrictive; rather, it’s about creating an engaged environment where employees are encouraged to connect with colleagues and share ideas over a meal.
The space caters to the mood you are in. If you’re feeling chatty, you can sit at the harvest-style table. If you just want to read the paper or even gaze out onto the streets of Toronto, you can perch at the bar along the windows. The RISE Café also bolsters our culture of openness and transparency, as senior leadership is often found meeting with clients and employees alike, making them more accessible to our younger talent.
Chances are, probably not, as their attention is being diverted between the task at hand, the meal in hand and an ever-looming emotional spiral of social deprivation. Moreover, a recent University of Illinois study found that prolonged focus on a task can hinder performance, and that taking a break, or even a change in setting, can do wonders for creativity and productivity.
Jun. 3, 2017 "Educational institutions should help prepare students for careers in sales": Today I found this article by Sonya Meloff in the Globe and Mail:
- Not many students dream of being in sales when they grow up, because of misconceptions about the industry (used-car sales, commission-only, door-to-door, etc.).
- Select new grads applying to these roles are not qualified. There is a big gap between what students are learning in the classroom versus the needs of employers.
We wrapped up the third and largest year GCSC in March, as more than 2,100 students learned about a field that likely never crossed their mind. Of the contestants surveyed, only 11 per cent of them initially wanted to pursue a sales career. After participation in the GCSC, 98 per cent would considering it.
He says that once students go through the program, about 60 to 70 per cent of graduates land sales roles. Their opinions about the career shift positively from when they first start because they understand the opportunities. Our goal is to ensure that students across the country are landing jobs right after graduation – jobs they are passionate about, in organizations they can excel in.