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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth Eldridge

The Parts of “Normal” Your Workplace Should Leave Behind

Whew! Another week has gone by already and for many of us, yet another wave of changes is either in full swing or looming on the horizon. Proactive workplaces across the country have taken the opportunity to evaluate their culture in the meantime – one of the most impactful exercises an organization can do during times of major change. The “New Normal”: no one knows exactly what it’ll look like, but it’s an ideal time to consider aspects of the “Old Normal” that aren’t serving us well. In discussions with my wonderful clients, here are a few that stick out.

You’re a better, harder worker if you don’t take your breaks.

Leaders, listen up: setting a cultural norm where every member of your team takes their breaks is one of the smartest moves you can make. Research shows this yields an excellent return on investment and fosters a culture where work/life balance is valued.

To move up the ladder you must show that your job is your #1 priority.

Speaking of work/life balance, times are changing as a result of the pandemic and the expectations of younger generations entering the workforce. Millennials are recognized as the first generation of workers willing to take less money for a more manageable work schedule than Boomers and Gen Xers. Employers who acknowledge that their team members have responsibilities outside of their work roles by showing flexibility will reap the benefits of a loyal workforce.

Do it… because I said so.

Authoritative leadership, simply put, doesn’t work. Particularly in times of change leaders must paint the big picture for their teams by providing enough information about how their contributions fit in to the organization’s mission. Employees who feel their work has a meaningful impact tend to be more “think-outside-the-box” problem-solvers, take more pride in fulfilling their duties and are more engaged overall.

What old habits is your workplace (or you, personally) leaving behind? Thanks for reading, my friends. Stay safe and healthy!


Elizabeth Eldridge is a Psychological Health & Safety Consultant based in southern New Brunswick, Canada. In addition to frequent keynote speaking and corporate training on mental health she is the owner/operator of Arpeggio Health Services, Atlantic Canada’s largest provider of public mental health trainings. Learn more at, and


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