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Work is the boss, not the location

During my career I have worked in a variety of settings including small to medium offices and solo offices based out of my home. This experience has provided me with unique insights into the nature of both an office environment and a home based office. Given the nature of my work, there is a distinct advantage to the home office environment. Elements of your work are probably the same as mine. Let... Read More »

Unemployment and Mental Health

I last wrote about the fear of success that many of the long term unemployed might experience. This time, I’d like to expand on that theme, and look at the effect that long term unemployment can have on an individual’s mental health. These days, the job search seems to take much longer than it has in the past; because of this, many people find that their mental health and wellbeing suffers. Being ... Read More »

The Best Teams Include Introverts & Extroverts

  By Lesley Taylor “Are we making a mistake by requiring introverts to participate in teamwork?” asks Michael Haberman, senior consultant with Omega HR Solutions.1 Introverts, who may not like to speak up in groups, might agree with the above statement and so might extroverts who become frustrated by their introverted colleagues who seem to “disappear” when it’s time to participate in importa... Read More »

Finding and Having Meaning in Life: Insights from the Canadian Positive Psychology Conference 

“Why am I here? Why is life like this? Why can’t I be happy?” These are the questions people ask, said Professor Michael Steger as he shared his research on meaning in life with Career Buzz listeners (July 23, 2014). “Having meaning in life,” he said in my interview with him at the recent Canadian Positive Psychology Association conference, “means that we’... Read More »

Why are flexible work arrangements becoming a movement?

All workers in the U.K. (not just parents and caregivers) have the right to request flexible work arrangements including start and end times or working from home as examples. This came into effect June 30, 2014. Once a worker has been with an employer for 26 weeks or more the employee has the right to make a statutory application that the employer must deal with in a reasonable manner.1 Why this c... Read More »

Don’t let fear of scams stop you from seeking out work from home opportunities.

One of the biggest comments I hear in talking to people about work from home opportunities is how afraid they are of the scams. That’s tragic! There are so many legitimate work from home opportunities out there just waiting for qualified, self-directed people that fear should not be a barrier to success. Let me start by asking you a question: how do you know if something is legitimate on the inter... Read More »

Opening my eyes to the skilled trades

By Ashley Beaupre Did you know that jewelry design is considered a skilled trade? What about landscaping? Or photography? As a child or young adult, what did you dream of being when you grew up? Back then did you know that you could have had a lucrative career as a hairstylist or as a chef? When I graduated from high school less than a decade ago, I didn’t even know that you could have a successfu... Read More »

Creating Career Pathways with PLAR

By Teresa Francis “I don’t know my value outside the world of dancing,” said Clinton during our first meeting. He had enjoyed a long and successful career as a professional, performing in and directing countless shows and leading a company. Now seeking a career change, Clinton admitted he had no idea of the skills he possessed or how he might use them in another field of work. Another client, Aman... Read More »

What is a work from home opportunity?

A quick search on the internet will lead you to a wide variety of terms associated with work from home opportunities. From the many definitions researched, here is the one that best captures the spirit of the movement. “Growing business practice in which an employee or entrepreneur works at home instead of in a company office. The development of personal computers (see microcomputer) has broadened... Read More »

Employees Are Overwhelmed and It’s Impacting Productivity

By Beverly Beuermann-King Many of our employees are overloaded and anxious. A 2013/2014 Staying@Work Survey from Towers Watson indicates that stress is still the number one lifestyle risk. The Sun Life Financial 2012 Canadian Health Index Report found that 72% of respondents reported experiencing excessive or uncomfortable levels of stress, and that the youngest age groups, in the prime of their w... Read More »

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