Dr. Linda Duxbury

Dr. Linda Duxbury

Ottawa, Ontario
Human Resources Specialist - Workplace Culture, Employee Management, Life Balance & Change Expert
Dr. Linda Duxbury is the Chancellor's Professor in Management at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Dr. Linda Duxbury is Canada's most accomplished researcher, writer and keynote speaker on work-life balance, employee wellbeing and change. She has influenced policy and attitudes to help create supportive work environments in both the private and public sectors. Professor Dr. Duxbury co-wrote numerous comprehensive national studies on work-life balance and its effect on business bottom-line. Always an enlightening and popular speaker, Dr. Duxbury’s ideas and research are highly valued by major corporations and government agencies.
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Dr. Linda Duxbury is Canada’s most accomplished researcher, writer, and speaker on employee well-being and mental health as well as work–life balance. She has contributed to numerous comprehensive national studies on these topics and their bottom-line effect on business. An enlightening and popular speaker, Duxbury’s ideas and research are invaluable to major corporations and government agencies around the world.

Canadian corporations were already losing over $4 billion a year to absenteeism before the worldwide pandemic. Today, the satisfaction and well-being of employees are more important than ever. In the past decade, Dr. Linda Duxbury has completed a major study on Balancing Work and Family in the public, private sectors and not-for-profit sectors; Management Support (What is it and Why does it Matter?); generational differences in work values; the impact of office technology such as email; employee well-being, work role overload and workforce change.

Dr. Linda Duxbury has completed three national studies (1991, 2001, 2012) on work-life balance in which over 70,000 Canadian employees participated. In addition, a lot of Dr. Duxbury’s research in recent years has been done in the police sector both in Canada and internationally. This research focuses on employee well-being and the sustainability of policing in Canada.

Dr. Linda Duxbury has published widely in both the academic and practitioner literature in the area of work-family conflict, change management, supportive work environments, employee wellbeing, role overload, telework, the use and impact of office technology, managing the new workforce and supportive management. She has also given over 500 plenary talks on these issues to public, private and not-for-profit sector audiences. Dr. Duxbury is also an accomplished trainer and speaker in the area of supportive work environments, work-life balance, employee well-being, managing the new workforce, and change management.

Dr. Linda Duxbury is a professor at Carleton Sprott School of Business in Ottawa, Ontario. She has written several papers, articles, and books, and is the co-author of a series of Health Canada reports about work-life balance within the country. She has been published widely in both academic and practitioner literature in the areas of work-family conflict, resiliency, disruptive change management, supportive work environments, stress, hybrid offices, the use and impact of technology, and managing the new workforce. Recently, Duxbury has been examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employees and companies, with a particular focus on mental health and well-being, and how companies can address this moving forward.

Recognized for her engaging, enthusiastic communication skills and teaching practices, Duxbury has received the “Canadian Pension and Benefits National Speaker Award”, the “Carleton University Students’ Association Teaching Excellence Award”, Carleton’s “Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award”, and the “Sprott MBA Student Society Best Teacher Award”. She has also been awarded the “Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Award” and was recognized as one of Deloitte’s “Women of Influence”. In 2014-15, Duxbury received the Carleton University Research Award as one of the ten best researchers at the university, and, most recently, was awarded the Chancellor’s Professorship at Carleton in recognition of her research output.

Dr. Linda Duxbury holds a Ph.D. in Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo.



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resilient leadership and management: leading and managing in times of disruptive change

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • n this keynote, Dr. Linda Duxbury defines disruptive change and challenges leaders to think about what major disruptions they are likely to face over the next several years. She’ll ask leaders to explore what challenges may arise from managing disruptive change, the link between disruptive change and a crisis, and what changes in leadership style are needed during chaos in order to focus your attention where it’s most needed.

managing a changing workforce as a people first organization

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  • We are seeing a fundamental shift in change in the nature of the employer-employee relationship as organizations seek to attract and retain good employees in a declining labour market. This labour force shortage will arise as the massive baby boomer generation retire and companies compete to hire the small pool of “baby–bust” employees. Dr. Duxbury will look at the formative influences shaping the different generations and look at possible sources of generational conflict within the workforce. She will also give employers information on how to adapt to meet the needs of these different groups of employees.

organizational resilience: what is it and how do we nurture it?

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  • What does a resilient workplace look like? How does it work and how do you lead with resilience? How can leaders manage evolutionary and revolutionary changes at the same time (i.e. exploit while also exploring; keep the company running while also changing a strategic direction?) In this presentation, Dr. Linda Duxbury shares what ambidexterity means as it relates to managing change and creating resilience, and helps organizations determine if they and their leaders are ambidextrous. She will share insight into how leaders can create an environment of readiness for change and manage resistance to change. She will also explore the types of strategies available to leaders depending on the type of change occurring, and underline the dangers of high levels of organizational inertia and how to overcome it.

employee overload: balancing work with life with a heavy workload

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  • Many employers implement family-friendly polices such as flextime and compressed work weeks – but do not get the desired results. This talk focuses on the reason why many of the family friendly practices just do not seem to work – they are implemented into a culture which focuses on hours of work not output: where “presenteeism” is equated with productivity. This talk begins with an examination of why employee workloads, especially at the managerial and professional level, have increased over the past several decades. It then presents evidence on why employers should care – the impact of high workloads on the employer’s bottom line. The talk ends with a number of suggestions on how workloads can be decreased – without hiring more staff.

capable managers: the scarcest resource of all

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • This talk uses data from Duxbury and Higgins’ research on supportive management (n = 100,000) to discuss the role of the manager within the organization. The talk starts by outlining the behaviours associated with good and poor management and then looks at the difference having a supportive manager makes to key employee and organizational outcomes. The discussion then turns to why many managers are having difficulty with the “people part of the job” and outlines a number of solutions. The final section of the talk offers suggestions to managers on how to manage upwards and what kinds of things they personally can do within their own section.

moving forward post-pandemic: pay attention to your organizational culture

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • An expert in human resources, Dr. Linda Duxbury shares information about the importance of organizational culture and discusses the characteristics of an organizational culture that is resilient and adaptive to change.

a best practice guide to hybrid work

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  • The media is full of stories about how employees are now looking for more hybrid work arrangements and to be able to work remotely — but what does that mean exactly? Making hybrid work situations a success requires careful thought and planning. This talk focuses on what organizations need to consider in order to make the successful transition to a hybrid work model.


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