Get to Know: Michele Rochon-Wood 

Company/Titles: Workplace Culture Store/ Business Owner/Entrepreneur/ Writer/ Creative Director 

Location: Ontario, Canada 

Tell us about your business/job/position: 

Workplace Culture Store provides resources for healthier, happier, and more creative workplaces. We support working people and employers, who want to create a place where their people can not only work, but also grow, connect, create, and thrive. We provide tools and training through six products and workshop series: workplace culture, leadership and strategy, wellness, learning and development, giving and community, and creativity and innovation. Nowadays, we are focusing on stay interviews and virtual engagement, something needed during a time of global crisis with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Now do it in 6 words only please: Healthier, happier employees, more creative workplaces. 

If you had an extra 5 hours a week to spend on your business, where would you invest the time? 

Providing virtual engagement to non-profits with dedicated (but beleaguered) employees. 

What is a goal that you have for your business? 

To make the workplace more hospitable to the working and playing human. 

Give Us Your Wisdom 

What will you always spend business budget on? 

Platforms for communicating ideas, particularly about things that must change to make workplaces better. 

What is a piece of advice that you have received or read that has stuck with you throughout phases of your career? 

Never give up. 

If you could save readers from one misstep, what would you share?

Forget things you think are proven and foolproof, because usually they’re not. 

Do you have an absolute favorite business tool or resource? 

Adobe Creative Suite. 

Connecting Personally 

What is your personal favorite quote or life motto? 

Laughter is the best medicine. 

Is there a pipe dream or bucket list item that you are willing to share? 

Getting a book on a shelf with my name on it and having it make the world a better place. 

What is the most significant/impactful purchase that you have made for under $100? 

My microphone for podcasts. 

Do you read or listen to anything on the regular? 

Audio books, especially Malcolm Gladwell and Dan Ariely. 

What else should we know about you? 

I can help people find their “ikigai,” a Japanese word for working in a job/passion that makes you money and gives you purpose. 

How can readers connect with you and follow your journey? 

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