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Work-Life Balance Takes a Fall

Looking for work-life balance in your next professional post? Keep it to yourself. In a fell swoop, an Australian HR professional has rendered that once-trendy (now terrible) trio of words toxic. In other words: utter them in a job interview at your peril. Down under,...

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Remembering Your Work Mum on Mother’s Day

If you find yourself taking a bus in Wellington, NZ, in the next few days, have a look for an unexpected jewellery ad on its back end, the evident product of a brainstorming session at Michael Hill Jeweller about how to grow the Mother’s Day pie. Here is the “Work...

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The Underground Revolt against the 996

The founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Jack Ma took some heat recently for praising his company’s punishing work culture.At his organization, which has lined Ma’s pockets to the tune of US$39.1 billion (making him among the world’s wealthiest souls),...

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The Premack Principle: Dinner Then Dessert

Everybody knows a thing or two about procrastination, a hard-won skill polished through years of practice in front of computer screens crawling with cat videos. For those folks without the inner discipline to overcome it, consider the Premack Principle.  This...

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This is Your Work-Brain on Music

Way back to the days when yodellers serenaded sheep herders in the Swiss Alps, it’s been understood that music enhances the experience of work. No wonder science has gone to town on the stuff, reeling off study after study linking tunes with toil. In one, IT...

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Phoning It In

So you scored an interview for a plum post with a cool operation that has an on-site nap room. Nice work. But here’s the hitch: They’re conducting the interview over the phone. This approach—used to screen candidates for a trimmer in-person pool or when remote...

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Faking Your Way through a Snow Day

There’s lots to hate about the winter. The way it scales your knuckles and breaks your back. The way it kills your gym dedication and deprives you of on-street parking. The way it makes everythingharder.  But there is an upside to this cruel season and it...

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How Not to Get Sick in 2019

January—with all of us fat and sweatered-up, back in our office chairs in thick mounds of Christmas wool, our knuckles chapped and our spirits sagging—is a month ripe for sickness.  We are more likely to get colds at this time of year than any other, courtesy of...

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2019: A Work Odyssey

There’s nothing like a New Year—white as a snow field, as full of potential as an untried recipe—for reinvention. And that’s no more the case than in the workplace. So what if the boss dogged your ass for all of 2018 or if Doug in accounting kept eating your granola....

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The Holiday Party, With Regrets

’Tis the season of the holiday party and all its attendant follies. Think hazy encounters with your supervisor outside the bathroom stall, spiked careers around the spiked punch bowl, crushed egos amidst the crudité.  How egregious the follies, as it turns out,...

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How to Work 100 Hours a Week and Still Have a Life

Nobody, Elon Musk tweeted on Monday, “ever changed the world on forty hours a week.” When a Twitter user asked just how many hours one needs to put in to “change the world,” Musk suggested anywhere between eighty and more than 100 weekly. “Pain level increases...

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How to Murder the November Blahs at Work

It’s mid-November and everyone’s hurting. The reality of summer’s retreat is hard to ignore and the cold weather’s got you by the wrists. The days are short, the skies are grey and you look like a dork in your toque. Worse, work sucks because the same cheerless gloom...

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Choosing Phlebotomy

What better way to choose a career that’ll furnish you with a satisfying life than to pick it from a list? To that sophisticated end, a few job-centric lists for your consideration. The Ten Most Popular Occupations for Canadians for Women Retail salespersons...

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The Home-Run Combo of Sports and Work

With Toronto’s so recently dubious hockey team carving an entirely new storyline into this season’s ice, along with basketball tipping in after a terrible drought, soccer winding down with Toronto in the spoiler seat, football finding its stadium legs and baseball...

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#MeToo Lessons for Canadian Workplaces

It’s hard to remember a time when our daily news feed wasn’t dominated by reports of sexual transgressions, with one camp taking square aim at another. It seems like every day since Harvey Weinstein’s story broke more than a year ago dawns with a fresh tangle of...

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Labour’s Lost Loves

Like heartbreak and booty, employment is a popular focus for songwriters. From a collection of industrious mine workers who launched their every workday with a seven-person chorus of “Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to work we go!” through Loverboy’s declaration of...

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Airbnb for Work Broadens App’s Utility

Airbnb for pleasure travel? So 2008. Hotter now is the app’s extension into the corporate space, where its usefulness for business is realized in a trio of features that acknowledge the corporate traveller’s desire for leisure in their work travel. Among them is a...

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How to Know if You Squandered Your Summer

Amazingly, distressingly, horrifyingly, the end of summer is upon us. The fin de saison. The last piece of the pie, the final revolution of the carousel. The death. Upon us, too, are the thoughts that assail the brain at such occasions. Thoughts like: Did I get all I...

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