That’s how Jane felt as a manager of a food packaging company in New York state.… Read more
In the fascinating collection of human beings that make up a workplace, there is a variety of “types.” There’s the autocratic or at the other end of the spectrum the spineless boss. There’s the person who, by his or her… Read more
‘On call and accessible 24/7/365.’
A few years ago, this shorthand for working all the time didn’t exist. There was no need. People worked, usually from 9 to 5, and then they stopped. They proceeded to live out other parts… Read more
Baseball and peanuts. Ice skating and bad judging. Golf and business. In life, some things just go together. And there are few more intimate relationships than the one between golf and business. In fact, some companies make it a tacit… Read more
Frank, a successful software designer at an IT firm in Montreal, was on the phone during a break. His manager walked by and noticed Frank hunched over whispering into the receiver. A young father, Frank was fielding a call from… Read more
The recent spate of layoffs in B.C.’s civil service is the latest example of what has been going on in much of North America’s private sector for almost two years as industry and government struggle to cut back.
While headlines… Read more
Whenever groups of people gather, conflicts happen. Today’s workplace, with its hierarchical structure, power relationships and increased workloads, can be a breeding ground for conflict.
Conflict at work is not always full of raised voices and name-calling. It can be… Read more
Adrienne was a senior designer with a large advertising company in Toronto. She had been working there for eight years and at first, she enjoyed the work. But over the past year, she had lost some of her passion for… Read more
Some of the best gifts can cost little money, but are of huge value.
The past year has seen an economic downturn become a global recession. Downsizing and increased cost-cutting have depleted worker morale as has the Sept. 11th tragedy.… Read more