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Dec 04th, 2018
With the holidays creeping up on us, so are those workplace holiday parties.  Some people love them; some people hate them.  The informality of these parties can make them a bit of a minefield if you don't handle yourself appropriately.  Follow these tips and the holiday party will be a positive ending to your year at work: Go to the party.  Yes, it's a busy time of year and maybe you aren't overly excited about seeing your coworkers outside of work hours but it's important that you make an effort to attend.  The holiday party is a valuable opportunity for you to... + continue reading
Nov 27th, 2018
How do you feel about showing up to a networking event all by yourself?  Are you comfortable initiating conversation with people you don't know?  Do you feel confident introducing yourself in a professional setting?  If you are looking for a job, there is no strategy more effective than networking.  If you aren't using your network effectively, it is going to be difficult for you to be successful.  Many people shy away from networking but the truth is that it can open doors for you.  If you would like to try networking but you aren't sure where to start, here are... + continue reading
Nov 15th, 2018
In today's working environment, a significant part of your communication with your colleagues takes place over email.  While this can be convenient and allows for flexibility in our schedules and location of work, it does come at a cost.  Not everybody is able to communicate effectively over email and this type of communication can sometimes lead to misunderstandings.  It is possible that the way that you handle your email inbox is a source of frustration to your coworkers.  Sometimes you can make a huge improvement on how your colleagues perceive your email just by making... + continue reading
Nov 11th, 2018
Getting a new boss can be extremely stressful.  Suddenly the rules are different and you can't rely on the relationship that you have spent so much time developing.  Essentially, you are starting from scratch.  You have to prove yourself all over again and you need to figure out what this new person wants from you.  While this may make you feel uncomfortable, you and your new boss both have the shared goal of the team's success.  If you handle the situation effectively, you could actually end up in a better situation than you were in before.  Here are a few tips... + continue reading
Oct 23rd, 2018
Harassment is one of the most uncomfortable situations that you will encounter at work.  Since it is difficult to avoid your harasser, you may start to feel like you are at their mercy.  You are not.  Workplace Harassment is not only unacceptable, it's illegal.  Under the Policy on Harassment Prevention and Resolution, harassment is defined as: "improper conduct by an individual, that is directed at and offensive to another individual in the workplace, including at any event or any location related to work, and that the individual knew or ought reasonably to have known... + continue reading
Oct 18th, 2018
As an employee, you never expect to get sick or injured while you are at work.  Unfortunately, it happens every day.  Employers are responsible for keeping their employees safe and they can face stiff penalties if they don't fulfill their obligations.  However, it is important that you always take responsibility for your own safety.  A good place to start is to be aware of your rights and responsibilities as a worker: In Ontario, under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, workers have three rights: 1.  The right to participate in the health and safety process.... + continue reading
Oct 14th, 2018
Often when you are on your way to an interview, you are so focused on trying to impress the employer that you don't consider your rights as an applicant.  That is, until the employer asks you a question that doesn't feel quite right.  What is the best approach in that situation?  How do you know if an employer is allowed to ask a specific question?  It's tricky, because some questions that would seem to be illegal are allowed in certain circumstances.  While this is not an exhaustive list, here are some examples of questions that employers should not be asking you at... + continue reading