Canada Business

Yes, Human Resources Can Be Friends With Finance

Sooky Lee | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Business
Sooky Lee

Gone are the days when an HR manager's work was dedicated to "hire, fire and retire" administration. HR leaders are now stepping up as strategic partners driving cultural change, succession planning, leadership strategies and workforce readiness.

6 Online Side Hustles Perfect For Parents

Melody McKinnon | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Melody McKinnon

Many online business models are perfect for working from home in Canada. However, parents of young children have unique challenges that can make it less feasible. Choosing the right home-based business can mean the difference between success and failure (and your sanity or insanity).

4 Tips To Vastly Reduce The Amount Of Free Information You Give

Cheryl Muir | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Business
Cheryl Muir

We've all heard the phrase, "Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free." That's the premise here. Why would someone pay for your services when you are giving your best advice without charging for it? We need to strike a balance between showcasing the highlights of our services while also charging a set dollar figure for the real meat.

Riding The Business Rollercoaster While Staying Grounded

Evan Thompson | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

When you climb into a rollercoaster car, you relinquish full control. The safety apparatus comes down across your torso and you begin your ascent up an endless incline. Then come the ups and downs that seem to go on forever as you hang on tight. When you are in business, you can't always control the peaks and valleys.

Does Your Local Bar Have A Tinder Policy?

YWCA Toronto | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Impact
YWCA Toronto

This bar encourages women to alert bar staff if their dates make them feel unsafe or if they receive unwanted attention from other customers. The sign posted in the women's washroom reads: "Your safety and happiness is our highest priority." Not surprisingly, support for this policy has reverberated across the Atlantic.

3 Signs You're Giving Away Too Much Free Information

Cheryl Muir | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Business
Cheryl Muir

Of course you're p*ssed -- people are taking advantage of you and not compensating you fairly (or at all). It's frustrating to put your heart and soul into your business only to have nothing to show for it financially.

8 Leadership Tips To Master Team Management

Saeed Selvam | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Business
Saeed Selvam

The art of leadership resides in a leader's ability to communicate a clear vision to his/her staff. The well being of their employees in the modern economy is paramount to organizational success and there can be chaotic repercussions if this is ignored. So how can you be in control of the narrative when it comes to your team, if you're the last to know that your employees have issues, or worse, that those issues are with you? Let's find out.

This Tax Season, Manage Your Donations Like Your Investment Portfolio

Bruce Dewar | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Business
Bruce Dewar

By examining the actual return on investment of our charitable donations, we can better assess the tangible social impact of our donations. To do this, ask yourself, what social impact has my donation made? Or better yet, ask your charity of choice how the dollars you donated made a difference.

Scale Your Marketing Strategy With Engagement And Automation

Reggie Ramone | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Business
Reggie Ramone

By creating a strategy that focuses on the needs of your customers, you'll be able to produce exciting content that's share-worthy, and your brand will facilitate even further conversations with your customers, keeping you on people's minds every single day.

We Need To Do More To Address The Gender Wage Gap

Duff McCutcheon | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Business
Duff McCutcheon

While "equal pay for work of equal value" is enshrined in law under Ontario's Pay Equity Act, the gender wage gap is a serious issue. Statistics Canada data estimates the gap to be anywhere between 12 to 31.5 per cent and RBC estimates it is costing the Canadian economy $168 billion in lost income.

What Can A Businessperson Learn From The 2016 Masters?

Jane Blaufus | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Business
Jane Blaufus

I think just about everyone thought that Jordan Spieth (including Jordan himself) was going to win his second Masters and become part of golf history this past weekend. That was until the 12th hole and the longest thirty minutes of a young man's life. As the world watched him struggle on the back nine and make a valiant attempt to recover, some parallels between golf and business struck me.

5 Tools That Helped Me Survive A Workplace Bully

Monique Caissie | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Living
Monique Caissie

Having worked in mental health, I've seen the other kinds of scars. Unfortunately, I've also been victim to them myself. Years ago, I worked at a children's charity. The executive director (ED) verbally abused staff. The first time I heard her scream, I thought she was injured and ran into her office. I was shocked when I realized screaming was her way of asking for a file.

The Idea That Business Leads Innovation Is A Myth

Peter C. Ruben | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Peter C. Ruben

There's a disconnect between Canada's capacity to innovate and our capacity to commercialize those innovations -- or so the story goes. It's been repeated so often it's become a mantra in certain circlles. The solution is always the same: reject investments in purely academic research in favour of market-driven research. The thing is, that mantra is built on a myth.

How To Decide On A New Business Idea

Saeed Selvam | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Business
Saeed Selvam

Let's start with your motivation or your "fire." Why do you want to start a business? Opportunities to make money are endless, especially online, but don't dive into a venture unless you know you have the grit, knowledge and will to do so.

I Love Uber, Not Its Directionally Challenged Drivers

Madaline Zanni | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Business
Madaline Zanni

Why is it when I get into an UberX car, the driver rarely knows which way to go? For those who have spent more than enough time being carted around by UberX, I can confidently say that you've likely found yourself in a navigational nightmare at least once (more so with a rideshare).

'Dsquaw' Indicative Of Industry That Turns Prejudice Into Profit

Janice Forsyth | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Style
Janice Forsyth

Thus, the problem runs much deeper than the name they chose. Corporate profiteering routinely commandeers representations of Indigenous cultures for its commercial objectives. This includes well-known brands such as Ralph Lauren and Victoria's Secret, to name two recent examples.

You Have To Meet This Entrepreneurial Superwoman

Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Living

How An Entrepreneur's Scars Inspired Her To Help Others Heal

Makin' Friends In Business

Steven Shehori | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada
Steven Shehori

As difficult as the experience was, I'm glad I walked back into the building that fateful night. Closure is a powerful drug, and with all the wonderful friends I'd made at the company, I relish the fact they got their much-needed confirmation re: me picking up my notepad. I truly, truly loved that notepad.

#TalkToMe: Words Of Wisdom From Working Parents To Their Kids

Zeeshan Hayat | Posted 04.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Zeeshan Hayat

Our kids are very talkative, full of energy, but put them in front of a camera and they instantly shied away with a loss for words. This loss of words only lasted a few short seconds, however, until they took the reins of the interview.

We Need To Learn To Engage In Difficult Conversations

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 04.07.2016 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

Most of us gravitate to those who agree with us rather than investigating alternate ways of thinking about things. It will be difficult to give up those conspiracy websites where one can share information with like-minded people, rather than conversing with those who might challenge our views.

Canada's Outdated Income Tax Act Begs A Top-To-Bottom Review

Gabe Hayos, FCPA, FCA | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Business
Gabe Hayos, FCPA, FCA

By making it easier to navigate the tax rules and meet their obligations, Canadians will spend less time and less of their money on preparing their taxes, leaving more in their pockets. For Canadian businesses, productivity could improve as they spend less time, effort and capital dealing with tax compliance and red tape.

6 Ways To Influence Decision Makers

Saeed Selvam | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Business
Saeed Selvam

There comes a point in your career when you may want to flex your persuasive muscle, it could be the quest for a promotion or establishing your public brand. Whether you're a student or a senior level executive, competition is fierce and there's never been a greater time to get noticed and be heard.

Why Riding The Train Rules

Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Living

When it comes to the question of planes, trains or automobiles, the selection of your favourite mode of transportation obviously has to be trains.

Insider Tips For Aspiring Business Owners

Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Business

Are you looking to start your own business and in need of some guidance or motivation? We’ve got you covered.

5 Ways Vancouver Tech Companies Are Transforming HR

Todd Hauptman | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Todd Hauptman

Human resources and corporate culture have been drastically changing in recent years and Vancouver technology companies are leading the way in this transformation. In the past decade the very purpose and focus of human resources departments has been shifting.