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Employees’ biggest fear? Making a mistake

There it is. 29% of office employees say that their biggest fear in their workplace is making a mistake. The survey conducted by Accountemps with 277 Canadians puts fear of failure in first place, ahead of managing difficult customers (17%), public speaking (16%), conflicts with colleagues (14%) and conflicts with a superior (12%). To avoid […]


Pay and benefits

Salary negotiations: when it pays off to be outrageous

Those who dare abandon their self-consciousness or affected shyness when comes the time for salary negotiations and ask for the sky may be richly rewarded. Read on. This tip—or rather this revelation—comes from the results of a study published in July 2011 in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. Conducted by Todd J. Thorsteinson of […]


Rights and labour standards

Legal framework for online pre-employment background checks

Pre-employment background checks. It’s tempting to check out candidates online. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google are full of public information available in just a few clicks. Élaine Léger and Karine Fournier, two labour lawyers with Fasken Martineau, note that the legal framework of such searches is the same as in the real world, however. Recruiters […]


News

Too much work is bad for your health

A recent study goes against the cliché that work and staying busy are good for you, showing that spending too many hours at work a day increases heart attack risk. Should Canadians, who work the fourth-longest hours in the world, be on the lookout for heart attacks? Yes, according to a University College London team […]


Company life

My boss is picking on me, what do I do…?

Before answering this you need to find out why.  By considering the possibilities (and Lord knows there could be many) we will be in a better position to thoroughly address the situation. Let’s look at the different possibilities and “counter-attack” options: 1 – My boss fears me: Recognize that a defensive aggressive reaction is the […]


Not to be missed

Unplugging from work ! Time for vacation

CareerCast.com has published a list of 10 tips for forgetting all about work, to help you unplugging from work and take full advantage of your vacation In this era of smartphones, portable computers and iPads, it’s difficult to resist the temptation to check your messages at any time, wherever you are. With these wonderful, convenient new […]


Rights and labour standards

France Telecom under investigation for moral harassment

France Telecom under investigation for moral harassment. France Telecom might be under investigation for moral harassment. The complaint filed is an unusual as the events in question. Why has a company with almost 60,000 civil servants whose employment is guaranteed in a country with extremely protective social legislation had 37 suicides since the beginning of […]


Company life

Integrate your new employer

 Well there you go, you have signed your contract and you will integrate your new employer with new responsibilities and a new team on Monday morning: meeting 8.30am. Although you have been selected from among numerous candidates and you have shown good qualities in the interview, remember that the game doesn’t end there…on the contrary.  […]


Company life

Are you prone to procrastination?

Almost nobody can escape it. At one moment or another, whether working at the office or in our personal business, we all succumb to the temptation of putting things off until tomorrow, but how can we resist it? Right before Christmas, while surfing on the Internet looking for gift ideas, I came across an article […]


Rights and labour standards

Minimum legal age of employment in Canada

Minimum legal age of employment in Canada : Distinct regulations across provinces Saskatchewan has just implemented a legal minimum age of employment, i.e. 16 years of age. Such a provision does not exist everywhere in Canada, as applicable policies differ substantially from one province or territory to another. Here’s an overview. It is now necessary to […]


Rights and labour standards

Fired because of youtube ? Court upholds dismissal

Employee fired because of youtube ?  Wanting to show off his wrestling moves, Sylvain De Sève inadvertently allowed his boss to identify stolen equipment, and was fired. About a year later, the arbitration court of the Quebec labour department upheld the ruling. Sylvain De Sève, at the time a machine operator for Lantic Sugar and […]


Interview

Preparation to interview : preliminary steps and tips for the D-day

The time has come for your preparation to interview, to meet your future employer whatever your situation might be (in active search or not…).  Imagine the following situation, you must present yourself next Tuesday at 9h30, rue McGill – 6th floor, to meet Mr. Kind and Ms. Terror from Paradise company Inc. The objective of […]


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