Work/ Life Balance

Why You Should Turn Off Technology and Listen When People Talk

Mary Donohue | Posted 11.20.2014 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

Real work has to get done, and what are the costs if you don't spend time listening and communicating with your team? Well, the answer is that the costs are surprisingly high: rising levels of employee burnout, for starters. Burnout, our DMS indexing finds, is reflected in high engagement scores, which are accompanied by low value and low trust scores.

Would Your Daughter Want Your Job?

Dina Vardouniotis | Posted 11.12.2014 | Canada Living
Dina Vardouniotis

If you ask your daughter (or son for that matter), if they would want your job or your life and they pause, maybe you should too. Just because you can do the impossible, doesn't mean you need to. A wise woman said, "I wasn't there all the time but I was there when it mattered most."

The 12 Wild Phases of Entrepreneurship

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Face-saving entrepreneurs will call this a "pivot," which basically means, "I was doing this one thing, and now I realize I should be doing this other thing instead." You might feel like a fool for not getting it right the first time around, but I challenge you to find any entrepreneur who got everything right from the get-go.

From One Extreme to Another: It's Time to Stop This Workout Madness!

Jessica Zapata | Posted 10.02.2014 | Canada Alberta
Jessica Zapata

There's a big push right now for women to lift weights and to lift heavy. As a trainer I get it. I want to be strong. I want my clients to be strong. But there comes a time, when for the average person, enough is enough. We have once again taken it too far.

This CEO Quit a 100 Million Dollar Job to Spend More Time With His Daughter

Amanda Reaume | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Living
Amanda Reaume

While there are some dads speaking up, why aren't more of those 46 per cent of fathers who feel they aren't spending enough time with their kids lending their voices to the cause of work/life balance? Just look at what happens when public figures take time off to spend it with their families.

Forget About Work-Life Balance

Marilyn Linton | Posted 11.21.2014 | 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 11.21.2014 | 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 11.15.2014 | 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 10.19.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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 10.08.2014 | 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.