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Are you frustrated with your boss or irritated at co-workers' annoying habits? Do some customers' behaviours infuriate you? How do you react in these situations? In today's workplace, there are varied people with diverse perspectives and behaviours. Disagreements occur because people hear, see and interpret things differently. To resolve disagreements with people who have divergent perspectives, try the following. Understand how...
You’re in a meeting when a colleague takes credit for your work. What would you do: 1) Publicly confront the colleague over ownership? 2) After the meeting, request she gives you credit when discussing your work? 3) Nothing? 4) Publicly thank her for referencing your work, and give the group additional information? If you selected # 4, you've demonstrated emotional intelligence or EQ. Studies show that emotionally intelligent people...
Canada is undergoing a major shift from a jobs economy to a skills economy, and our young people could be at risk of being left behind. Fortunately, a new report looks into the way we’ll all need to change to keep up. “An assessment of 20,000 skills rankings across 300 occupations and 2.4 million expected job openings shows an increased demand for foundational skills,” states the 2018 RBC Economics Report – Humans...
Kathleen, a grade six teacher wonders whether to accept the promotion to principal. Les, a human resources manager, wants a job that "excites" him. Recently laid off, Barbara thinks this might be a perfect time to start her own business. Tom, an engineer, wants to try a different field where he can still use his engineering skills. Intuition is a great tool to use in solving varied career and personal challenges. Sigmund Freud's advice is...
Stress affects people from all walks of life, and the causes of stress are as varied as the people it afflicts. In its 2017 Stress in AmericaTM survey, the American Psychological Association found that the three most common sources of stress were the future of the nation (63 percent), money (62 percent) and work (61 percent). According to the National Institute of Mental Health, routine stress that becomes chronic can result in a host of...
Amanda had a great career as a computer programmer that she put on hold to devote time to raise her sons. Now that they're older, she wants to reenter the job market, but she doesn't know where to start! Ihor, who took time out to care for his aging mother, is in a similar position. Thousands of women and men who took time away from work feel the same as Amanda and Ihor. Those who research options and plan, succeed. You can too! Tips...
Today we see the beginnings of a ground-shaking new wave of developments, with artificial intelligence as the primary driver but also genomics, blockchain, 3D printing, nanotechnology, virtual reality, and more discoveries gaining recognition. How can we manage our way through these upheavals to create the best possible opportunities and outcomes? We can strengthen Quester traits.  Questers Who are Questers? What personality...
Math is an important subject and school and proficiency in arithmetic serves people well when it comes time to leave the classroom and enter the workforce. As demand for workers proficient in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics continues to grow, students can benefit by working as hard as possible when studying such subjects. People with strong math skills who thrive on data and crunching numbers may find a diverse array of...
Climbing the corporate ladder and working for someone else isn't for everyone. If you have a growing side hustle or idea for that next big business success, here are some things to consider before becoming your own boss. Do a test run. Confirm there's actually a market for your product or service. You might think your idea is brilliant but test it out first by polling friends and soliciting feedback from your target customers. Look into...
Much of the talk centred on women in the workforce concerns the disparity between earnings when compared against men in the same positions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the earnings difference between women and men varies with age, with younger women in the country more closely approaching pay equity than older women. Still, Pew Research Center says the female median annual earnings is around 83 percent of what men earn...
Graduation is a momentous day in the lives of post-secondary students. After years of schooling that dates all the way back to preschool or kindergarten, newly minted college, university and technical trade school graduates are finally ready to begin their professional lives. That can be a scary prospect for some students, especially those who graduate without jobs lined up. The summer after graduating from post-secondary school can be a...
Tracy thinks she might like to own a boutique. Ricco doesn't know whether to be a computer software or hardware engineer. Hang doesn't know whether she should work for a large company or a start-up. To obtain additional information about occupations and industries, they conducted informational interviews. Informal meetings are excellent sources of knowledge and can be fun. People enjoy talking about themselves and their jobs....