Office

How to Make Your Workplace Fitter, Happier, More Productive

Josh Bowman | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Business
Josh Bowman

I've worked in a lot of different office environments, both non-profit and for-profit. Some of these places were wonderful, fun, and I was sad to leave. Other workplaces were, quite frankly, toxic. Happy employees are productive employees (to paraphrase Radiohead). So here are some tips to give your staff some love. (Hint: Stressing out your employees is a great way to achieve turn-over and burn-out.)

Dress Code: Decoding your Holiday Party Invitation

Karen Cleveland | Posted 02.14.2014 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

Festive? Cocktail? Or festive cocktail? The language of party invitations is key to cracking the dress code, well, code. Following are some cues to heed in your choice of attire. And heed away. Here's a guide to help you interpret the holiday party lingo.

Can QuickLaw Really Help Lawyers?

Joshua Slayen | Posted 03.08.2013 | Canada Business
Joshua Slayen

LexisNexis and Microsoft have teamed up to offer a new solution called Quicklaw for Microsoft Office. They say it is designed to simplify legal research and ultimately save time for lawyers. I took it for a test drive to see if it's all they say it is.

How Shy People Can Get Noticed at Work

Karen Wensley | Posted 12.15.2012 | Canada Business
Karen Wensley

Many people find their career options are limited because they are shy. It's a myth that shy people can't have successful personal brands. It is true that if you never speak up in meetings, never talk to colleagues, and simply do the work assigned to you, you will not be at the top of the list for the next promotion. But shy people just need a strategy that is aligned to their personality, values and comfort zone. Here are some tips.

Get Out of the Office and Come to Your Senses

Michael Clarkson | Posted 09.23.2012 | Canada Living
Michael Clarkson

For our healthy enrichment, we must leave the office and the living room for that factory of senses -- Mother Nature. Sure, Google Images and HD television can provide stirring images of Niagara Falls, and yet they don't allow us the true roar of the falls and seagulls squawking over our shoulder and the touch and taste of soft mist on our lips. Treat your senses to time outdoors!

A Multi-Function Space for Work and Play

Candice Olson | Posted 09.17.2012 | Canada Style
Candice Olson

Cal is an animation artist, director and teacher -- and a first time homeowner. Cal wanted his live/work space to function on a variety of levels -- as a modern kitchen, as a professional office and as a cozy lounge area. And he wanted it all to be hip, creative and modern. So I got set to transform his home's main floor and give him a fashionable and functional space that fits his lifestyle.

Staying Germ-Free at the Office Takes More Than Washing Hands

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.04.2012 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg A recent microbiology study of the office has gone further than any other and provided a path for the improvement of the quality of life in the office environment. The team swabbed offices in three major American cities and found the usual suspects -- fecal bacteria, skin bacteria -- but also identified 500 other types of microbes...

The NDP's Sneaky Attempt to Win Over Separatists

Tony Kondaks | Posted 05.15.2012 | Canada Politics
Tony Kondaks

In January the NDP leadership candidates held a debate in Montreal in which every one of them refused to support the federal government's Clarity Act. It is important to note that independence by Quebec in such circumstances would not only fly in the face of the Clarity Act but stand in opposition to the amending formula of the Canadian Constitution.

Creative Spaces: Where to Find Inspiration

Rana Florida | Posted 03.18.2012 | Canada
Rana Florida

Creative workers need peace and quiet and privacy, but they need social stimulation. Can you do that in a fish bowl-style cubicle? Drab furniture, white walls, no natural sunlight, and bland, boring spaces do little to ignite the imagination.