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These Canadians have figured out a work-life balance - and so can you

We shine a light on Canadians who've figured out that elusive work-life balance.

One third of our lives are spent at work. So why not try to make your workplace better?

A workday at Alderhill Planning looks a little different from most workplaces: five-hour days, complete financial transparency, and regular mental health check-ins. (Alderhill Planning)

Now or Never is dedicating a series of episodes to exploring what it takes to live well - at a time when feelings of depression and loneliness among adults are at high levels.

On this episode, we're shining a light on the place we spend most of our waking hours: work. Is it possible to achieve work-life balance? How do you prioritize your wellness in the workplace? Meet these inspiring individuals who've figured out how to make their work 'work' for them:

  • Four-day work weeks, five-hour work days, complete financial transparency, and not being afraid to cancel a meeting to go snowshoeing with your kids. It's all part of Alderhill Planning's decolonized workplace. Founders Elaine Alec (Syilx-Secwepemc) and Jessie Hemphill (Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw and Métis) share the secrets to their success.
  • At 2% Jazz Coffee in Victoria, the drinks are hot and the wages are livable. Owner Sam Jones shares why the pandemic motivated him to make big changes, and barista Hoèlune Hernandez shares what this change has meant for her. 
  • Now or Never listeners weigh in with surprising tips on how to make working-from-home more joyful.
  • Feeling hopeless and burnt out, small business owner Regina Sheung  knew she needed to do things differently. We step into her boutique for one of her serene 'Power Down Wednesdays.'
  • Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal, Souvik Mukherjee, and Mohammad Faisal are passionate about food, and determined to not let not having a kitchen get in their way of dreaming big. 
  • And what has four wheels, a karaoke machine, and a disco ball? Step into Toronto's Cosmic Cab where driver Akberali Batada has one mission: brightening your workday.

This episode originally aired in January 2022.