My 2019 New Year’s Wish List For The Workplace

By Gerald Walsh ©

The holiday season—for many of us—is the time of year for reflection. A time to look back over the year gone by and ponder the highs and lows we experienced, and contemplate what we have learned from those experiences.

It is also a time to look ahead to the coming year and think about what we hope to accomplish in our work, in our lives, and in the community.

I am anxious to hear what is on your wish list for 2019. (send me an email

Here is my wish list for 2019…

1. That we admire and respect people who display kindness, humility, and generosity over those who flaunt money, status, and title.

2. That organizations pay their employees based solely on the skills, education, and experience they bring to the job and disregard gender, age, and ethnicity when setting wages.

3. That employers come to recognize that happy employees are more productive, more engaged, and more likely to stay in the job for the long term.

4. That we value our teachers—perhaps the most important occupation of all—for their role in shaping the minds of our youth.

5. That we honour the women and men who work selflessly in the not-for-profit sector and who contribute to our community in ways that most of us will never know.

6. That everyone—but particularly men—speak up and push back when they see examples of sexism, discrimination, and harassment in the workplace.

7. That employers and employees alike act with kindness toward each other and treat everyone with dignity and respect.

8. That employers recognize that the knowledge of its workforce is its biggest asset—not its biggest expense.

9. That our political leaders act with integrity and make decisions that are in the best interests of citizens, particularly those among us who are less able to provide for themselves and their families.

10. That employers of all types insist on having a workforce that is diverse and gender balanced.

11. That we offer good opportunities to those individuals who are new to Canada and do everything we can to make them feel welcomed and valued.

12. That we give young people a chance to launch their careers by providing employment opportunities with fair wages, good training, and valuable mentorship. 

What is on your wish list for 2019?

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Gerald Walsh is an executive recruiter, career coach, public speaker and author. He is the author of “PINNACLE: How to Land the Right Job and Find Fulfillment in Your Career. You can follow Gerry on Twitter @@Gerald_Walsh