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Want to know what comes after "connect" on LinkedIn? r/ally is an exclusive collaboration platform for professional women with little time and lots of ambition. r/ally encourages users to announce their business and personal goals, soliciting the support of a trusted community. Build better business relationships and reach your professional goals with r/ally.
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Civility at Work Is Over, But Productivity Is Through the

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

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.
10/11/2013 12:29 EDT
Your Commute Might Ruin Your

Your Commute Might Ruin Your Relationship

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.
10/11/2013 09:29 EDT
When the Gender Gap Is a Good Thing: Women and Corporate

When the Gender Gap Is a Good Thing: Women and Corporate Crime

The term "gender gap" carries a negative connotation but there is one category where many women may be willing to be under-represented: corporate crime. A new study revealed that corporate crime is largely the domain of men. So does this mean that increasing the number of women at the top would make for a more honest and ethical organization?
10/07/2013 12:07 EDT
Gen Y: Self-Entitled or Underutilized

Gen Y: Self-Entitled or Underutilized Resources?

The Gen Y cohort of employees consistently mystifies and baffles many older employees, giving birth to an industry of experts and researchers who deem them lazy, self-entitled and in constant need of feedback. Is there any truth to this well-worn stereotype about Millennials?
10/04/2013 12:36 EDT
Don't Worry (About Earnings) Be

Don't Worry (About Earnings) Be Happy

In Canada, the average salary is expected to increase only 3.1 per cent in 2014. Various trends continue to replace straight-up salary increases, such as targeting top performers with bonuses and enhanced reward programs. In fact, this trend toward softer, intangible benefits from companies is exactly what we Canadians have been asking for.
09/30/2013 12:57 EDT
Avoiding Wardrobe Mishaps at

Avoiding Wardrobe Mishaps at Work

Since clothes reflect your employer's image and reputation, consider your surroundings before splurging on a runway knock-off or an ironic dork T-shirt. Erin Nadler, president of Better Styled in Toronto, suggests carefully observing the choices of your boss and colleagues before making any radical fashion decisions.
09/28/2013 12:19 EDT
Oh, You Failed? Maybe You Just Weren't Good

Oh, You Failed? Maybe You Just Weren't Good Enough

Rarely a day goes by where I don't come across a headline or blog post that celebrates failure in some way and while I agree that it can serve a higher purpose, I remain skeptical that failure is always a good and necessary part of our development. Sometimes, failures just hurt and we need to mourn them before moving on.
09/11/2013 07:50 EDT
Are You Working Yourself to Death?

Are You Working Yourself to Death? (Probably)

What will you risk to get ahead? We live in culture that applauds overworking. Commonly heard complaints, such as "I am killing myself at work" usually get met with a pat on the back rather than a look of concern. Although, it's rare that even extreme cases of overworking lead to death, it's not unheard of. And this mentality isn't going anywhere. Any change in corporate culture will not take place overnight, especially in environments where excessive hours are a long-held tradition.
09/09/2013 12:20 EDT
Worrying Hurts Women's Career Chances:

Worrying Hurts Women's Career Chances: Study

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.
09/09/2013 07:51 EDT
Guess Who Gets More Flex Time -- Men or

Guess Who Gets More Flex Time -- Men or Women?

Flexible hours, a term that has almost become code in the workplace for women searching to accommodate both their professional life and childcare, is granted more often to women than men, right? Think again. Researchers from Yale, Texas and Harvard found that managers actually grant requests for flexible work schedules to men more often than women.
08/26/2013 05:23 EDT
Do Women Need to Be Funnier in the

Do Women Need to Be Funnier in the Boardroom?

According to the <em>Telegraph</em>, research by Aston University professor of applied linguistics Judith Baxter showed that female bosses are widely perceived to be not funny and most their attempts at humour are met with uncomfortable silence. Does this mean that women who aspire for corporate leadership have to practice their jokes in front of the mirror? Not necessarily.
08/16/2013 05:21 EDT
Want to Get Ahead at Work? Give More Than You

Want to Get Ahead at Work? Give More Than You Get

In the business world where "nice" is perceived as four-letter world, it's tough to be a giver. Thankfully, givers may be getting their moment in the spotlight and it couldn't come soon enough. Let's see if the rest of the business world is listening.
08/02/2013 05:34 EDT
The Shifting Burden of Modern

The Shifting Burden of Modern Leadership

When it comes to business and management, money doesn't buy peace of mind and a leader's biggest worry often comes down to variations of the same theme: managing people. And if that's not their top concern, it should be. Top industry leaders agree that a change is coming, and only the well-prepared leaders will come out on top.
07/28/2013 08:46 EDT
I Hate Taking Vacation, and I'm Not

I Hate Taking Vacation, and I'm Not Alone

Here's a secret. I like to work holidays, even weekends. I'm not proud, or even boastful. Logically, I know that any work expands to fill the amount of time allotted to it but I can't help myself and honestly, vacations are not something I find comfortable. I'm not alone. Perhaps our concept of vacation time merely needs to be revisited. If completely unplugging for a week -- or heaven forbid two -- feels too drastic, then maybe a new definition of holiday is required.
07/20/2013 07:53 EDT
Violence Against Women Costs You This Much

Violence Against Women Costs You This Much Money

Intimate partner violence and sexual assault of women in Canada hurts the economy and no comprehensive national policy is currently in place to address the problem. These were the key findings of The Gap in the Gender Gap: Violence Against Women in Canada report released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, released on Thursday. The economic losses for these crimes come in the form of costs to the justice system, costs to the victim, and costs to third parties.
07/11/2013 12:40 EDT
Didn't Meet Your Spouse Online? You're More Likely to

Didn't Meet Your Spouse Online? You're More Likely to Divorce

If you're on the lookout for a spouse, ladies and gentlemen, look no further than your computer. According to a latest study, couples who met online have higher levels of marital satisfaction and are less likely to split up than those who were first introduced in offline venues.
07/09/2013 08:41 EDT
Improving the Lives of Cambodian Women, One iPad Case at a

Improving the Lives of Cambodian Women, One iPad Case at a Time

Unlike other start-ups, Ms. Mehrvar knows each of these women in Cambodia who is counting on her company, Lotus, to succeed. She launched the firm as a for-profit social enterprise, and for the textile industry in the developing world, her company couldn't have arrived at a better time.
07/05/2013 05:06 EDT
Why Women's Business Networks Pay

Why Women's Business Networks Pay Off

I used to perceive women's networks as places to endlessly complain about work, spouses or children, and frankly I preferred to eat at my desk. Yet there is a palpable change taking place in how these networks are regarded, both by women and the world at large.
06/30/2013 11:11 EDT
What Happens When Mom Earns

What Happens When Mom Earns More

When the Pew Research Center released their report on Breadwinner Moms, the results of their survey were nothing short of controversial: In 40 per cent of households in the United States with children under 18 years, mothers were the ones who were bringing in the money -- either as the sole or primary breadwinner for the family.
06/11/2013 12:10 EDT
When Men Take Paternity Leave, the Whole Family

When Men Take Paternity Leave, the Whole Family Wins

If the expectation persists that men don't share equally at home, then women will continue to bear the cost to their careers for having children. That would change if men needed to consider when to take paternal leave in the same way women fret about the best time to take maternity leave. In other words, establish a "daddy quota."
06/10/2013 12:29 EDT