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Teach Your Kids That Money Isn't the Only Reason You Work

Brynn Harrington | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Brynn Harrington

Somewhere, somehow, during his short time in the planet, my son has absorbed the idea that people work to make money, and if money were no object, people might make different decisions. In part, he's right. For most of us, money is one reason we work. But I want him (and his sister) to grow up believing that it's not the only reason.

How To Be A Hero At Work

Deri Latimer | Posted 03.02.2014 | Canada
Deri Latimer

A hero is a person who demonstrates noble qualities like generosity, courage and kindness. Each of these words fit the hero I just met. His name is Gilles M. and he has inspired this blog post, as well as getting me thinking about how to be a hero in my own life.

John Tory's Views on the Wage Gap Are Half Right

Leah Eichler | Posted 04.17.2014 | Canada Business
Leah Eichler

Instead of dismissing his comments as sexist, perhaps we should be thanking Mr. Tory for raising the subject. The wage gap remains a complex and multifaceted issue that needs thoughtful discussion. If we can open a healthy debate on the topic, we stand a better chance of tackling it properly.

There's Nothing Better Than Being in Love...With Your Job!

Billie Kell | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Business
Billie Kell

Have you ever noticed people who are in love light up when they talk about the person they are in love with? Well, exactly the same happens for people who love what they do. They get excited, their voice raises a pitch, they're animated and you can't shut them up.

The Career Adventure

Thomas Gelmi | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Business
Thomas Gelmi

Increasing complexity and diminishing workplace security define our society. We live in a time in which straight careers with long lasting company aff...

Animals Are Workers, Too

Kendra Coulter | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Business
Kendra Coulter

There are workers who are not counted in censuses, protected by labour laws, or given a paycheque for their labour. Some of these workers are not humans. One thing we know for sure is that animals do so much for people. So what will people now do for animals?

Make a Real Connection With Your Coworkers By Doing This

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

A compliment acknowledges another's unique contribution, showing appreciation for them as an individual. For example, you can compliment a someone on their: sense of humour; ability to bring a meeting to consensus; dedication to the team, finding creative solutions or any number of things.

Most Canadians Don't Expect a Bonus This Year -- Do You?

r/ally | Posted 03.01.2014 | Canada Business
r/ally

Not expecting a holiday bonus for 2013? If you're Canadian then you share the majority's sentiment. According to a survey only 37 per cent of Canadians expect to be rewarded by their employers for working hard throughout the year with a bonus. That means only one in three Canadians expect to get a little something extra. Apparently, Canadians don't share the same optimism as other workers around the globe since that's 11 per cent lower than the average worldwide.

Canadian Law Students Who Article Are Vulnerable to Abuse

Adam Dodek | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Business
Adam Dodek

I was concerned about Kate and I met with her in person. When she told me what was going on at her firm, it became clear that there was an element of sexual discrimination or harassment. Articling students facing such harassment have few choices. They could make a complaint to the Law Society, file a complaint under the firm's internal workplace harassment policy (assuming it exists), consult an employment lawyer or perhaps bring a human rights complaint. The power dynamics of articling make such options not particularly appealing to most students. So most would stick it out.

Is it Time to Say Goodbye to Unpaid Internships?

r/ally | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
r/ally

It seems the time has come to say goodbye to the lowly internship. But before we do, we need to find solutions to quickly fill the gap in the marketplace for recent graduates who may not possess the skills and opportunities to land that critical first job.

Are You Engaged at Work? Probably Not

r/ally | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
r/ally

Can you honestly say that you are happy at work? If you answered yes to that question then congratulations, you belong to a small demographic of gainfully employed individuals fully committed to their role at work. A new study released by Gallup on the State of the Global Workplace found that only one in eight workers worldwide -- or 13 percent -- feels "engaged."

How Good a Person Are You?

r/ally | Posted 12.25.2013 | Canada Living
r/ally

How good are you? It's not the sort of question you read every day in a news outlet but according to a recent survey, 77 per cent of Americans believe that being a good person is extremely important while only 41 per cent feel they are on the right track.

Perspectives: When You Feel Empty and Worn Out

Lori Gard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Lori Gard

I am scraping out the innards of a huge spaghetti squash with a spoon. Yellow fibers and white seeds accumulate in a soft pile on my cutting board. I...

How To Master Time Management

AskMen.com | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
AskMen.com

List the many millions of things you have to do in a day. How often do you actually get all of those things done? How many of them are never completed because you never got to them the day before? Time management is never properly addressed. The truth is, juggling well is a matter of focus and coordination, and managing your life is no different.

Civility at Work Is Over, But Productivity Is Through the Roof!

r/ally | Posted 12.11.2013 | Canada Business
r/ally

We may be institutionalizing rudeness, but increasingly it's the only productive way to work. Time to get past our misgivings about being rude and determine the proper etiquette of managing multiple conversations, on multiple devices all at once.

Your Commute Might Ruin Your Relationship

r/ally | Posted 12.11.2013 | Canada Living
r/ally

While we consider driving to and from work routine, you might want to put your foot on the brakes for a minute and consider the results of one study: Long distance commuting increases the chances of divorce or separation. The study found that the first five years of long distance commuting seemed to be the most destructive time for relationships.

Three Simple Ways to Leave Workday Stress Behind You

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 12.10.2013 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

So many of us associate work with drudgery and stress. It does not have to be this way. Our work is our outlet for connection with other people and hopefully it is something that you enjoy doing. We all want to be productive and efficient in our workplaces, but sometimes lack of self care can actually cause ourselves more problems.

10 Reasons To Get Away From The House This Weekend

AskMen.com | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
AskMen.com

Fall is on our doorsteps, and while you may consider the falling temperatures an excuse to stay inside, it's time to take advantage of those last rays of sunshine. You have no excuse to be on the couch this weekend, but if you're still feeling unmotivated to leave, here are 10 reasons why you should get out of the house.

Treat Yourself Like a Corporation

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

With all the changes occurring in the wake of the Great Recession, one wonders how anyone can succeed in this work environment. The simple answer is to emulate those who have profited and thrived, and no group has thrived more than corporations. So why not treat yourself like one?

How Arianna Huffington Inspired Me to "Sleep" My Way to the Top

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 12.02.2013 | Canada
Andrea Lekushoff

What I learned from Arianna is that the risk of burning out is far greater than the risk of not growing fast enough or not agreeing to unrealistic deadlines. So, I'm committing to far fewer late nights at work. I'm committing to grow my business while taking better care of myself and my family.

Five Strategies for Dealing With Difficult People

Tanya Raheel | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Living
Tanya Raheel

Unfortunately, what tends to happen is that when they get triggered and react, we respond in kind. And it gets ugly. Welcome to the human race. In an ideal world, we all strive to staying rational when confronting, or confronted by, a difficult person, especially in the workplace. Here are five strategies that come in handy especially if your boss "goes medieval" on you.

Four Keys to Manage Your Moods at Work

Deri Latimer | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Business
Deri Latimer

I believe that most of us would rather be in a 'good' (positive) mood, and we'd rather be working with people who are in a good mood too. Stress, overwhelming workloads, and the constant connection to technology seemingly required to function these days can cause the most calm of us to feel tense and anxious in short order. And that is costing us -- big time.  

Corporate Conundrum: To Text or not to Text?

Sue Jacques | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada Alberta
Sue Jacques

Welcome to Corporate Conundrums, a weekly column providing practical advice for readers who need help dealing with workplace challenges. From handling incivility and unprofessionalism to learning how to how to work with a jerk, no topic is off-limits.

Generation Y Is Ambitious, Not Unhappy

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

Wild ambition is the fuel for the engine, but the engine is represented by hard work. You can't get anywhere without both, and that's something that I've taken from living as a Gen Y'er. We've all made our own happiness. That's what life is about.

Worrying Hurts Women's Career Chances: Study

r/ally | Posted 11.09.2013 | Canada
r/ally

How do you react when faced with stress in the workplace? Do you take a step back to study the situation or do you charge full steam ahead? According to a new study, most female executives apparently retreat to analyze their options while their male counterparts charge right ahead and take charge. The study suggests that the approach women leaders take is detrimental to their career.