Creating a Collaborative &
Thriving in a Changing Workplace
Dethroning Workplace Kings & Queens, Bullies & Negaholics!
Got Gaps? Managing & Retaining the Multi-generational Workplace
Organizations and workplaces everywhere continue to undergo significant upheaval as employees struggle with learning new roles, new tasks, and ways of working together. Managers frequently struggle to meet operational requirements while dealing with complex workplace relationships and difficult behaviors of some staff that can include the antics of “workplace queens and kings,” absenteeism, poor morale, and resistance to change.
As a former nurse manager in mental health nursing and organizational consultant Barb Fry developed a unique process for supporting 2,300 nursing staff and improving quality of work life and workplace relationships during a multi-site merger of the Capital District Health Authority in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
As a business owner, consultant, and adult educator, Barb Fry offers high-energy presentations, coaching, and insightful facilitated workshops, to leaders, managers, and staff. Barb's sessions employ creative strategies such as storytelling and humor to facilitate new learning that emphasizes individual accountability and collective responsibility for creating healthy workplace relationships.
Over the course of 30 years, Barb Fry has held staff nurse, teaching and managerial positions, specializing in psychiatric mental health nursing. She played an instrumental role in a process to improve quality of work life for leaders and staff during a merger of the Capital District Health Authority in Nova Scotia. In addition to participating on the change management team, she created a unique position to support 2,300 nursing staff during a multi-site merger.
Today, as a business owner and adult educator, Barb applies her knowledge of relational learning in the workplace to facilitate quality of work life improvement for many different industries. Barb offers high-energy presentations, coaching, and insightful facilitated workshops, to business owners, managers, and staff. Barb's sessions emphasize individual accountability and collective responsibility for creating healthy workplace relationships. She employs creative strategies such as storytelling and humor to facilitate new learning. In addition to a Master’s degree in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University, Barb holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a Diploma in Teaching in Schools of Nursing from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Barb has presented at national conferences on topics of coaching and mentoring, innovation in healthcare, leadership, and quality of work life. She has been published in Canadian Nurse and has authored a Health Canada Publication: Preparing for Change. More recently, Barb has been asked to contribute her perspective on workplace issues in a Report on Business column published by The Globe and Mail.
Barb is also the author of Fast Facts for the Clinical Nurse Manager: Tips on Managing the Changing Workplace in a Nutshell
Clinical nurse managers face a multitude of challenges daily— managing a budget, interpersonal conflicts among staff, policy and structural changes, and many more. Using the concise “Fast Facts” format, this guide provides quick access to insights, strategies, and tools for resolving some of today's most challenging issues for nurse managers.