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How do you prepare your kids for the likelihood that some work days, perhaps even a lot of them, won't feel especially fulfilling? According to professionals with children, that conversation needs to come early and often.
Prof. MacDonald said that if your personal life jeopardizes your professional or public role, it's reasonable to expect you to warn potential employers, but only really substantial risks need to be divulged. On the employer's side, if a lot hangs on their employees being "squeaky-clean," it's up to them to do a thorough background check.
11/10/2014 12:03 EST
So lying at work is not necessarily as cut-and-dried as people think. While there is a lot of "creativity" around the truth, the irony is that in today's wired society, the consequences of being caught in a lie have never been more severe. The "little white lie" on the résumé has derailed many high-profile careers as professionals and amateurs work to "out" such untruths.
10/23/2014 12:46 EDT
In this continuing dialogue about whether the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation will help or hurt the work force, I've always been of the opinion that technical advancement is good, and creates new opportunities, even if it kills off existing ones. This robotic work force strikes fear in many. But what if these advances in technology serve to improve human leadership rather than replace it? It's already happening.
10/12/2014 10:03 EDT
Let's be clear: No one likes homework. Children groan at the thought of more school work biting into their increasingly diminishing free time. The stress of this added load often degenerates into yelling and tears -- often my own. So when a progressive public school in Quebec announced it was banning homework for elementary school children, I cheered.
10/01/2014 09:07 EDT
It seems the Internet, like Orwell's police state, is slowly forcing everyone to stay on his or her best behaviour. In my mind, the Internet won when yet another elevator video surfaced of National Football League player Ray Rice punching his then fiancé, prompting his release by the Baltimore Ravens and an indefinite suspension by the NFL.
09/23/2014 08:02 EDT
Leaving a job can often feel like a breakup. But what if that breakup is only a temporary? For many it is, and a study published this summer in Personnel Psychology, shows that "boomerang" employees, or workers who return to a company after leaving voluntarily, can comprise about 10 to 20 per cent of an organization's new hires.
09/16/2014 12:21 EDT
To manage this, Ms. Sone-Cooper advises job seekers and hiring managers to "communicate, communicate, communicate." Be open about your availability and expect the same. In the wrap-up part of the interview, ask when you can expect to hear back considering it's summer, and find out what the next steps are in the hiring process.
08/31/2014 05:17 EDT
For those critics out there, a recent study by PsychTests, a Montreal-based psychological testing company, showed that contrary to popular belief, millennials are ambitious and scored higher than boomers on their desire to reach a major goal, such a making a big sale or designing an innovative product.
08/17/2014 11:00 EDT
It happens at moments when you least expect it: in the shower, while out for a run or, for me, right before falling asleep. Cultivating "a-ha" moments seems about as likely as forcing a pot to boil water faster, but there are tactics you can use to encourage them.
08/10/2014 11:50 EDT
Within a week of picking up my family and relocating to San Francisco to give my company an international leg up, I met with a local venture capitalist. Yet, within five minutes of actually sitting down with the venture capitalist, I knew things were not going my way.
06/30/2014 01:09 EDT
To give women more opportunities, Invest in Muslim Women funds training centres in India and Pakistan, giving women marketable skills in industries such as fashion. After a training session, the average woman's salary in India jumps from $12 a month to $60 -- a five-fold return that has the added benefit of raising her status in the family as well as in the community.
06/23/2014 06:03 EDT
Looking back on my entrepreneurial journey so far, there were many reasons I'd wanted to say goodbye to the corporate life. But the one that sticks out is the moment I realized that, no matter how hard I worked in my previous role, I'd never make it to the top. I wanted to be the Chief Executive Officer and, for me, the only way to do that was to launch my own venture.
06/16/2014 08:29 EDT
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.
05/09/2014 12:18 EDT
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.
05/06/2014 12:27 EDT
I used to think I suffered from poor work-life balance while working for a large corporation, when I slept with my smartphone and responded to queries from colleagues before the break of dawn. Then I left to start my own company where I work closely with my husband, and simultaneously took a greater interest in another business run by my extended family.
04/30/2014 09:28 EDT
"How did I do this before the rise of social networks?" I ask myself this question repeatedly, often while performing some mundane activity. The task can be as simple as finding a friend's phone numbe...
04/23/2014 02:54 EDT
Language is powerful -- but banning another word from our lexicon is at best a token solution, and at worst misguided. I wish that banning the other B-word would result in improved self-worth for girls everywhere but that simply wouldn't be the case. Instead, let's celebrate fabulously bossy girls.
04/13/2014 10:43 EDT
Unfortunately, if post-secondary institutions don't speed up the process of transformation, more students will either drop out or be saddled with a costly degree that doesn't align with current market opportunities.
03/27/2014 05:37 EDT
What do you learn when you spend eight hours with a top business leader? Samantha Sim, a fourth-year journalism student at Toronto's Ryerson University, spent the day shadowing Kirstine Stewart, managing director of Twitter in Canada. Ms. Sim found that the executive schedule was filled with speeches, cab rides and tweets.
02/26/2014 12:19 EST
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