Work Safe Exit

Guy Saddy

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Nov 22, 2022
Shift Happens: What to do when a good worker has a bad attitude

You're the head of an online media company. Your creative director has been key to your success, but her “aggressive” management style has spawned consistently high attrition rates, and exit interviews indicate the possibility of abusive behaviour. When you raise this...

Oct 31, 2022
Shift Happens: Why NDAs aren't as powerful as you might think

You’re president of a company that has been hit with two sexual harassment lawsuits in the past year. To avoid future problems (and the attendant bad PR) you’ve decided to make all employees sign a comprehensive non-disclosure agreement covering any...

Aug 12, 2022
Shift Happens: How to mix business and pleasure without killing a career

You’re a top executive at a large company with many divisions. At a company retreat, you meet another executive—he’s on your level and works in an entirely different location. Things click over chit-chat and canapés, and you find yourself becoming...interested.

Jun 30, 2022
Shift Happens: Why you should watch what you say, especially in the workplace

You’re a “mature” male, out clothes-shopping with your wife. While you’re trying on pants, one of the sales staff asks you to turn around, and then, her eyes locked on your backside, says to your partner, “Lucky you!” Everybody laughs.

Mar 22, 2022
Shift Happens: Take that parental leave, new dad—but don’t assume your job will wait for you

You’re a high-flying male executive. Six months ago, you and your partner found out you were pregnant. Congratulations! Of course, you’ve put in for parental leave—but your boss is not impressed and says that you’ll be expected back in eight...

Jan 17, 2022
Shift Happens: Why a cannabis conviction spells trouble for cross-border business

Congratulations! You’ve just hired a phenomenal VP to grow your business into the U.S. market. But on their first time crossing the border, they’re refused entry—decades back, when still in their teens, they were convicted of cannabis possession. The VP...

Nov 2, 2021
Shift Happens: You can digitally spy on your employees. But should you?

You’re CEO of a large company. In response to the pandemic, you’ve allowed employees to work remotely. But you’re becoming skeptical about how much of their workday is actually, well, work. To ensure you’re not being played, you’re considering embedding...

Sep 23, 2021
Shift Happens: For businesses, is risking cancellation worth the trouble?

As owner of a startup, you’ve decided to brand your venture after a historical figure with a storied past. Unfortunately, that story now includes new information demonstrating that your firm’s namesake was a virulent racist. A #boycott tag looms over...

Aug 10, 2021
Shift Happens: Employees seeking accommodation for their religious practices shouldn’t put too much faith in the system

You’re a small-business owner. An employee has converted to a religion that requires they take time off once a week to attend a place of worship. Result: a three-hour gap in their workday that a coworker will have to fill.

May 21, 2021
Shift Happens: Making employees get their COVID shot is a prickly proposition

Yay! COVID-19 is finally retreating. But we’re still a long way from normal. As the owner of a consumer-facing business, you need to ensure workplace safety for customers and coworkers. Should you demand that employees show proof of vaccination before...

Apr 20, 2021
Shift Happens: Cultural appropriation won’t win your business any fans

Your company has rebranded with a colourful new logo. However, after incorporating the design into all of your materials, you get a call from a First Nations academic who says you’ve ripped off traditional West Coast Indigenous symbolism. What should...

Jan 12, 2021
Shift Happens: When does an employee’s online behaviour outside the workplace cross the line?

You’re the owner of a private company. While perusing social media posts, you chance upon a photo of an employee clearly taken several years earlier. He’s smiling, beer in hand—and parading around in blackface. What do you do? Disclosure: I have...

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