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Company life

Compassion fatigue : Say yes to empathy at work … in moderation

Far from being simply a virtue, according to professor of management Adam Waytz, being too empathetic at work can be counterproductive. Take compassion fatigue into consideration. Nobody questions the importance of putting others first. This quality is essential in meeting clients and as much in employee management—without even taking into account that it promotes a […]


Career management

9 questions to ask yourself to see if you have job security

The traditional model of job security: full time, having a single employer, has given way in the last few decades to an increase in flexibility and employment insecurity. Québécois occupying atypical jobs have more than doubled in the last 30 years. Are you in this category? Are you unionized? The job security offered to union […]


Company life

What is the cost of presenteeism at work?

By focusing on absenteeism over the last couple of years, managers have neglected its opposite: presenteeism. Studies have calculated that going to work when we shouldn’t is costly for businesses. The ABCs of the phenomenon Presenteeism consists of working when we have a good reason not to; when employees are incapable—as much as psychologically as […]


Oddly enough

My immigrant gardener is a medical graduate

How many people have obtained a degree abroad and, once arrived in Canada, cannot work in their field? Despite a widespread labour shortage in the country, how are degrees recognized? A chemist becomes an early childhood educator, an engineer drives a taxi, or a doctor is recycled into a laboratory technician. How many oversea graduates […]


Company life

How to work with difficult colleagues

Between Joanne, the service blabbermouth, and Mario, the born manipulator, you can’t take any more. Coming to the office has become a real nightmare, to the point that you are considering changing jobs. This would not necessarily be a good idea, since these types are found in every organization. You might stumble into worse cases, […]


Rights and labour standards

Fired in an cavalier way? What happens next?

There are tons of stories of getting fired offhandedly. When this situation happens to us, we can ask ourselves what is our recourse and how far can businesses go. Exploring the issue. Regardless of individual or massive layoffs, it is always possible to do it by the book. But what are these concrete rules? Golden […]


Resume

12 tricks on how to find a job using LinkedIn

In 2003, LinkedIn saw the light of day and, from that point onward, it became indispensable for job seekers… if they know how to use it. On LinkedIn, there are more than 2 million companies and 200 million members (of which 7 million are Canadian). But, how do we expand our network without losing ourselves […]


Jobs search

When do you throw in the towel during a job search?

Full of spirit at the beginning, job seekers tend to give up when their job search proves to be unsuccessful. Instead of withdrawing into yourself, it is better to get outside help to redirect your search to rediscover the path to the office. According to a recent survey by the American employment agency Express Employment Professionals, […]


Career management

What do you do if your job description changes?

When you were called for an interview, you were provided with a job description so that you would know exactly what your duties would be in the company. Then you were hired and all went well… Until the time when you began to be asked to do things that should not be part of your […]


Company life

Passion at work: a side effect instead of a prerequisite.

We are not born passionate about our work, we become passionate. This idea is countercurrent to our current time’s message “follow your passion” that is posted everywhere from Facebook pages to blogs. But, passion is not the inevitable starting point of professional achievement. Shake up the myth that passion at work makes us happy. This […]


Company life

Working in a team after a promotion? It’s possible!

You’re getting a beer after work with your colleagues. Then, the day after—surprise—you get a promotion and become their direct supervisor. Your relationship with them won’t be the same; how do you manage this transition effectively without causing much of a mess? Right away, responsibilities change. Now you have to manage people, projects, deadlines, setbacks, […]


Oddly enough

Is regional work better or not?

Prosperity is often promised to urbanites wanting to move for regional work, but the reality is not always rose coloured. What is the salary and cost of living? Geneviève Readman left Montérégie three years ago to become a psychoeducator in Bic. After reflecting on it, she asked herself “Why not?” “I saw a position on […]


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