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Oddly enough

Teamwork : What chickens have taught us!

Select the best candidates, put them together and you have a super teamwork! True? Perhaps, but the equation is not that simple, especially if one looks at the recent results of a study on the issue, one that included chickens. Focusing on the notion of productivity, William Muir, a scientist at Purdue University in the […]

Company life

There is no shame in punching out.

Is it really necessary to have a fiery passion at work if you want to work well and draw satisfaction from it? The passion-at-work myth is ever present, but can make some workers feel guilty. In Dilbert’s universe (the comic strip), the work setting is a gloomy place where employees—imprisoned by their cubicles—punch out and […]

Company life

Could you be replaced by a robot at work?

The BBC has just published on its website a “automation simulator”, a tool developed by researchers at Oxford University, in partnership with Deloitte, which lets the probability of being replaced by a computer be measured. Could you be replaced by a robot at work? The greater the human factor plays a significant role in your […]

Career management

Retirement? Why Not Continue Working?

Why not keep working when retirement isn’t an option in your financial plan or part of your goals? André Hétu—Director of the Association Midi-Quarante and specialist in career transition and management for people older than 45—explains why we should. “I’ve never dwelled on the idea of retirement and still don’t. My 65th year was meaningless to […]

Company life

Vacations : Time to relax and unplug from work

For some managers, vacations time can bring unwanted stress and be hard to plan. Let’s see how we can address this.  Extended vacations Too many managers only take a week off at a time because they fear taking three weeks or more in a row. While the “zero cell phone/portable computer” message is quite acceptable […]

Career management

Workers over 55 represent close to a third of the labour force in Quebec

Each year, they carry more weight in the labour force. In 2014, 31.2% of workers were aged 55 and over. The government would like to have this group remain employed for as long as possible. It is the highest level of representation in the employed labour force since 1976. At a rate of 31.2%, there […]

Company life

Telecommuting, more popular than ever!

The value of a work-life balance, be it to attract talent or to promote employees’ well being, has made teleworking a major trend and it only seems to be growing! Less than 10% of Quebec workers work remotely. However, that is changing. According to a recent survey by Accountemps Canada, the agency specializing in temporary […]

Career management

Prepare for retirement: 5 elements to consider

Six Canadians out of ten made no contributions to their retirement savings in 2014, according to a RBC survey. However, a majority seem to be preoccupied with the idea of being short of funds if they were to live to 100. But how should Canadian workers prepare for retirement? According to the RBC, there is […]

Oddly enough

Japan is considering a law to compel employees to take holidays

We already know the propensity of Japanese workers to work too much and suffer the adverse effects on their health: intense stress, depression, hypertension, suicide, strokes…  There is even a word there for death from overwork: “karoshi”. In 2012, the Japanese government compensated 813 families who were able to show a link between the death […]

Company life

Is too much sitting hazardous to your health?

Sitting too long can be as harmful to your health as cigarette smoking.  A news report broadcast at the end of last month on ICI Radio-Canada’s programme Découverte  talked about a work habit which is more dangerous than it seems, and proposed some solutions. Back pain, weight gain, increased risk of certain cancers, diabetes, hypertension… […]

Company life

Co-workers: the reason why nearly half of Canadians would stay at their jobs

Even if they are not happy with their job, 43% of Canadians are willing to stay at the same position because they get along with their co-workers. Salary and employment benefits are less influential, according to an online survey of 500 people across the country, conducted by Randstad staffing agency. The key to happiness at […]

Jobs search

Why deal with placement agencies

Why do job hunters turn to placement agencies? Here are the advantages and disadvantages. In 2012, according to a study from the Commission des normes du travail (CNT), 46% of temporary placement agency workers had no choice but to use them to apply to jobs that interested them. What you need to know before passing through an […]

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