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Are You Treating Your Supervisor Well?

According to a US study, supervisors are more likely to suffer from anxiety or depression than any other employee within an organization. Why? There certainly is a glamorous side to being promoted to a management position. After all, it signifies progress in one’s career and is often accompanied by a salary increase. Researchers at Columbia […]


Rights and labour standards

Disrespect at work : A nuisance to consider

What is disrespect at work ? Does it happen in businesses? What are the consequences of disrespectful behaviour? These are the questions which a CROP poll, undertaken for the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréées du Québec, wanted to answer. Respect, collaboration, politeness, good manners and courtesy are some rules of conduct which ensure well-being […]


Rights and labour standards

Overtime for 41% of Canadians work

According to an estimate conducted by the Regus company, these Canadians who do overtime perform between 8 and 12 additional hours each week. A trend that is not surprising in an increasingly connected society. In its survey of 44,000 companies around the world, Regus found that 41% of Canadian professionals tend to rack up overtime hours […]


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 […]


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