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Your Office Chair Might Be Killing You

Shannon M. Nelson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Living
Shannon M. Nelson

Sitting is the new smoking, or at least that's what the manufacturers of standing desks (and there are several of them these days) will tell you. The medical profession agrees, and experts have identified some 34 diseases and conditions that are associated with excess sitting.

How to Have a Caring Conversation with Someone Difficult

Deri Latimer | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada Business
Deri Latimer

Do you work with someone whose behaviour is challenging your energy and enthusiasm for work? Maybe it's a family member, who you find yourself avoiding because he or she is a real "downer" at family gatherings. Remember these simple tips as you prepare for your conversation.

Gap Years Aren't Just for Brits Anymore

Ashley Redmond | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Living
Ashley Redmond

A gap year is when high school graduates take time off to work, travel or volunteer before they go to college or university. Gap years are common in other parts of the world like the U.K. or Australia, where they are treated like a rite of passage. They've only recently picked up steam in Canada.

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.

Employers Should Focus on Mental, Not Physical Age

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Living
Eric Quon-Lee

If physical age shouldn't be utilized as a filter, then what should companies be looking for when assessing a candidate's cultural fit? Companies should be looking at whether or not individuals have the right mental characteristics that match the company's culture

How Being Vulnerable at Work Can Work for You

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Whether it's making amends with a colleague, asking for a raise, requesting help, admitting you don't understand, or going for the promotion, good things can happen when you take down your walls. Yes, bad things can happen too, and there is the risk of disappointment.

What Labour Day Really Means to the Modern Day Worker

Dina Vardouniotis | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Business
Dina Vardouniotis

Arguably industrialization revolutionized the workplace, but so has digitization. Working smarter and faster does not always mean easier however. Expectations have increased. I remember working in advertising and spending countless hours faxing creative proofs to clients for approval.

Five Back-to-School Snacks That You'll Love Too

Jane Dummer | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

Smart snacking can be a valuable part of a healthy food plan. Choosing nutritious snacks keeps blood sugar levels stable and helps fuel the mind and body all day long at school and work. At this busy time of year, let's explore five smart snack ideas using food you already have in your kitchen.

New Graduates Must Help Fix a Broken World

Don Tapscott | Posted 08.09.2014 | Canada
Don Tapscott

You'll need to reinvent your knowledge base often as you go through life. And as graduates from a liberal arts and sciences university, you know that it's not just your knowledge that's important. It's your ability to think, collaborate, solve problems, synthesize and to learn and learn again, again and again.

We Don't Just Need More Jobs, We Need Humane Jobs

Kendra Coulter | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Living
Kendra Coulter

Some people may be able to find "a job" but is the pay enough to even cover basic expenses? Are the hours sufficient? Are they consistent? Or is it not only impossible to schedule the essentials of life, but to pay for them? Above and beyond these important, tangible dimensions, do people enjoy their jobs?

If Sitting Is the New Smoking, I'm An Addict Who Needs to Quit

Leah Eichler | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Living
Leah Eichler

In case you missed it, this constant sitting is literally killing us, leading researchers and pundits to declare that sitting is the new smoking. If you accept that theory, then just about everyone in a white-collar job is the equivalent of a heavy nicotine addict.

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.

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

Brynn Harrington | Posted 06.15.2014 | 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 05.02.2014 | 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...