Work Life Balance

Forget About Work-Life Balance

Marilyn Linton | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Living
Marilyn Linton

If you thought balancing time at home and at work was difficult before, just wait. Studies on work/family conflict report more absenteeism, more sick days, more sleep disturbances, and challenges in nutrition as we juggle and rush to balance work, family, friendships and fitness.

It's Time We Pay Attention to Time and Attention

Ion Valis | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada Living
Ion Valis

What are the two most valuable personal resources in the world today? I've come to believe that the most precious of personal assets are time and attention. Not sure you agree? Let me make my case.

What I Learned This Week: Family Doesn't Always Come First

Andy Nulman | Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

"Family always wins...but doesn't always come first." Whatever decision has to be made, it should be with the ultimate goal of doing right by your family. And sometimes that means taking a tougher decision with a long-term view instead of an easier short-term, unequivocal yes.

Things I Can and Can't Blame My Children For

Dr. Carolyn Ee | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada
Dr. Carolyn Ee

People, not parents, struggle to find the time and energy to do the things they know they should. Anyhow, it struck me that there are some things I can (and will!) blame my children for, cheerfully, and some things that I resolve I will not blame them for. I want them to know I can prioritise what's important for my own wellbeing, so that they can learn from me.

Why I'm Grateful For the Daily Chaos In My Life

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

While I'm wishing away my son's soccer match for this evening, these children in Armenia are rejoicing that World Vision has built a soccer pitch in their community. They no longer have to play on a small piece of rocky land.

Dear Daughter, You Can Be Whatever Kind of Mother You Want

Dr. Carolyn Ee | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Carolyn Ee

You are entitled to feel fulfilled outside of the domestic sphere; you must never, ever feel guilty about this. You must love what you do or you will not be happy, at home or while you are working. You have so many wonderful choices ahead of you. Don't ever feel as though there is only one choice.

Why We Must Teach Digital Natives How to Be Alone

Michael Harris | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Living
Michael Harris

I believe the most crucial thing we need to teach digital natives is how to be alone. Every communication technology -- from papyrus to the printing press to Pinterest -- brought us great gifts; they also led us away from earlier frames of mind. And, in the case of the Internet and smartphones, that may leave us with impoverished interior lives.

How to Slow Your Pace for Summertime

Paula Pyne | Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada Living
Paula Pyne

At the halfway mark of the year, it's a great time to regroup, reconnect, and recharge. This year has been moving at lightning speed and the pace, along with the ubiquitous change, has made for a challenging year so far. I've welcomed the slower pace of summertime this year and I've been reminded yet again that our current ways aren't working.

Millennials Will Lead the Workplace Revolution

Mary Donohue | Posted 09.13.2014 | Canada
Mary Donohue

Since I launched my business, executives have told me that they didn't have the time, money nor inclination to train and promote anyone other than the top 20 percent of their leadership, because that is where they believed their profits came from. Wrong. The negative financial effects of ignoring 80 percent of your workforce are as damaging as they are prevailing.

One Less Day Of Work Could Equal A Whole Lot Of Happiness

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Living

Raise your hand if you've done one of these things in the past month: sat for longer than four hours in a row, had lunch at your desk, or worked once ...

How Do You Recharge Your Batteries?

Dr. Sara T | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada Alberta
Dr. Sara T

Do you ever feel guilty just picking up a book and sitting on the couch in the middle of the day? I most certainly do. Why is it that we always feel we have to be doing something? Probably because there is always something that could be done.

The Trials and Tribulations of a Start-up Mom

Hessie Jones | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Living
Hessie Jones

As a mom, I'll continue to fight to make sure I become a significant force in my kids' lives. But I also want to make sure that my existence was worth something while I was here,

You Don't Hate Your Commute, You Hate Your Job!

Murtaza Haider | Posted 07.24.2014 | Canada Business
Murtaza Haider

You don't hate your commute, it's your job. A Statistics Canada survey revealed that workers who disliked their jobs were much more likely to hate their commutes than those who liked their jobs. Our hatred of the morning commute may be driven by our unsatisfactory jobs. Extensive surveys of workers in Canada have revealed that our love-hate relationship with daily commutes is much more nuanced than what we had believed it to be.

Why My Dress Went Viral

Gloria Roheim McRae | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Style
Gloria Roheim McRae

I was still having a hard time deciding between which dress to wear, and I thought it was an easy thing to ask my social media tribe about, on Instagram and Facebook. After all, I am a social media strategist, and I'm always experimenting with online engagement. That's when the fun began.

Stop Complaining! Being Stressed Might Be a Good Thing

Leah Eichler | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Living
Leah Eichler

According to Martin Birt, a Toronto-based human resources manager and consultant, bad stress often results from situations where you lack control. That doesn't necessarily mean that an employee needs complete autonomy but has the sense that his or her voice affects the decision-making process.

Six Benefits of Mental Spring Cleaning

Deri Latimer | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Spring is often the time of year when you engage in some spring cleaning; getting rid of what's been stored over the winter that you doubt you will ever use again. What about your mental debris? You know, those limiting beliefs, those skewed expectations, that internal dialogue -- that story -- that is just not serving you any longer.

Don't Romanticize European Work-Life Balance

Natasha Koifman | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Europeans, in general, receive more vacation time than us and work less hours than us, but does that mean they are happier or more successful? And what does "more successful" even mean? Recently I read about the proposition in France to turn off work email at 6 p.m., and it made me wonder if that would that even succeed here? And should it?

Finding Healthy Work-Life Balance in a Wireless World

Andrea Goertz | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Goertz

Work-life balance used to be a straightforward concept: you worked during the day and your evenings and weekends were yours. Today however, mobile technology keeps us constantly connected. In order to promote healthy work-life balance in a wireless world, companies need to create an environment that supports a new model: work-life integration.

Why I Wouldn't Want To Be A 20-Something Today

Anne Day | Posted 06.18.2014 | Canada
Anne Day

Part of me questions how that pays the bills, or pays off the debt you've incurred in getting these qualifications? What I would advocate is not locking yourself into a career or job, finding you don't like it, and thinking this is forever. You need to explore what is out there and not feel trapped. Plus with maturity comes clarity.

Why Do We Fill Our Lives So Full That We Have No Time For Ourselves?

Anne Day | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Day

Life on the fast lane takes its toll. I am so used to going at high speed, that to amble along in the slow lane is challenging. But as you whiz along, you miss out. You miss seeing the natural beauty around you. You miss socializing with friends, or just being on your own, with time to reflect and catch your breath.

So, You're a Working Mom... Big Deal

Julie Rusciolelli | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Business
Julie Rusciolelli

When did the term "working mom" come into the popular vernacular? I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why any woman with a job and children would describe herself as a working mom. My husband is a wonderful father, and great business leader, however, he does not refer to himself as a working dad. In fact, I don't know one man who works while raising a family and calls himself a working dad. So why do we?

What Most People Don't Understand About Work and Happiness

Sheldon Dyck | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada Living
Sheldon Dyck

Why is the difference in people's happiness massive when they make $80,000 instead of $50,000, but negligible when they make $200,000 instead of $100,000? Why are some of the unhappiest people in our society the children of enormously wealthy parents?

Why You'll Be Happier If You Stop Striving For 'Work-Life Balance'

Dina Vardouniotis | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Living
Dina Vardouniotis

"Balance" suggests that women's role is to straddle both carefully ensuring that each side stays perfectly equal to one another. Am I the only one that pictures a teter totor (never, thought I'd have to put that word in print, let along look up the spelling), with a laptop and note book on one end and screaming children on the other?

Social Entrepreneurship: Benefiting the Bottom Line While Benefiting Society

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Eric Quon-Lee

Social entrepreneurs are an interesting and, in many respects, a hard-to-define breed. Their principles do not fit neatly into the predefined parameters that have been established in for-profit entrepreneurship or charitable organizations. These constantly evolving principles of social entrepreneurship include:

How To Have A Social Life And A Career At The Same Time

Canadian Living | Jen Kirsch | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Living

Do you look at women who have both their work and social lives under control and find yourself asking, "How does she do it?" You can have that type of...