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Research Briefs – May 2017

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   Bringing Practitioner-Focused Research to People Management Practitioners

May 2017   



In This Issue…

  1. The Power of Cognitive Behavioural Techniques in the Workplace
  2. Why Coaching Must Play an Integral Role in Leading and Managing in Today's Workplace
  3. Flashback Feature:
    Employee Involvement, Strategic Management & Human Resources: Exploring the Linkages
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The Power of Cognitive Behavioural Techniques in the Workplace
Pamela Munt-Madill, B.A., M.I.R, LL.B., Labour Lawyer, 2017

For many years I have been interested in, and excited by, the strong evidence of the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to treat a host of symptoms and behaviours commonly associated with depression and anxiety disorders. These symptoms include lack of motivation, feelings of being overwhelmed, feelings of inadequacy, and loss of interest in activities and relationships that used to bring joy and fulfillment to a person.

These symptoms can have tragic results to an individual's personal and professional life. As someone who has worked in the field of labour relations for the past 25 years, I have often observed how these symptoms impact individuals in the workplace, and the rate of that impact appears to be increasing in recent years. I believe that a basic understanding of CBT, and its practical application, is valuable to union representatives, HR professionals, and anyone who is handling mental health or mental illness issues in the workplace.

In this article, I will discuss the application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques to both return to work and performance improvement plans, for individuals whose work life has been impacted by these issues.

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Why Coaching Must Play an Integral Role in Leading and Managing in Today's Workplace
Beverley Patwell, Queen's IRC Facilitator, 2013

In my consulting work over the last 25 years, I've seen a significant shift in the role of coaching in the workplace. In our more global, technological, and complex workplaces, today's leaders must master the dance of leading, managing, engaging others, and delivering results in a fast-paced environment. You can't pick up a business magazine, listen to a podcast, or read a blog that doesn't talk about today's new world and the critical leadership challenges facing our leaders at all levels of the organization.

Coaching, therefore, is an integral part of leading and managing. In addition to coaching others, leaders must also learn how to be coached themselves to more effectively lead and manage others.

In this article, I will explore the following questions, as they pertain to the new roles that coaches must play in helping today's leaders:

  • Why must coaching play an integral role in leading and managing in today's workplace?
  • What are the current trends in the field of coaching?
  • What are the implications for our coaching work going forward?
  • What role might technology and social media play in coaching?
  • How can you create coaching cultures in your workplace?

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Flashback Feature:
Employee Involvement, Strategic Management & Human Resources: Exploring the Linkages
Terry Wagar, 1996

Although a number of recent articles have underscored the importance of human resource management (HRM) and employee involvement (EI), there has been very little research addressing the relationship between human resource practices and organizational strategy and culture. Among the questions that frequently arise are: what practices have other organizations implemented?, what HRM practices and organizational strategies distinguish successful and unsuccessful organizations?, and what is the impact of strategy and culture on the success of HRM practices and organizational behaviour? The present study is aimed at addressing these questions.

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