Monthly Archives: December 2014

New year, new attitude

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new year, new attitudeLet me be honest with you. There’s someone who drives me crazy. Her desk is a mess, she never thinks she’s done enough, she likes long stretches of leisure but feels bad about not completing her to-do list. Annoying right? Especially because this exasperating person is me!

On the other hand, I’m really not so bad. But my attitude can be and that’s what I resolve to change for 2015.

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change ~ Max Planck, Nobel Prize-winning physicist

The attitude you adopt towards yourself, others and circumstances has a huge influence on how satisfied you feel with life. Deciding to make an adjustment for the better is …

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Uncovering the benefits of multigenerational workplaces

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coworkers laughingWe are in a unique position in today’s multigenerational workforce composed of employees from very distinct age groups. Sometimes it can feel like the different generations don’t even speak the same language! On the one hand there are younger managers leading Baby Boomers, and on the other hand there are senior managers leading teams with members that may be as young as their own children or even grandchildren. And while everyone tries their best to successfully navigate their way through these relationships, biases or ageism may arise.

The challenges from multigenerational workforces and age-related assumptions can affect employees and managers alike, regardless of their age or role in a company. This …

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Home alone for the holidays – First Chat to the rescue

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Home alone for the Holidays: First Chat to the rescueDecember is typically the most stressful month of the year. The malls are busy, seasonal music has been playing in shops and elevators since the leaves started falling, and we find ourselves running around shopping for family, friends and co-workers, and attending dinners, brunches, and office parties. To top it all off, we have to visit multiple homes on the same day, filling our bellies with too much food.

Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, there’s no escaping the overload.

For some of us, it can be an exceptionally lonely time of year, leaving us feeling bereft of holiday warmth and cheer. You may be far away from family, grieving a loved one, or just feeling left out. Contrary to …

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Tips to being a homework helper – Part 2

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Mother and daughter doing workAs parents, we generally consider homework as activities or studying that our children bring home, sometimes as early as starting in grade one, and going all the way up to the high school years. Unfortunately, our approach to supporting our children rarely changes despite the fact that children’s needs change and the goal of homework may be different at different grades. As kids transition from class to class, and grade to grade, so should the role that a parent plays to help their child complete homework or study assignments. What works for a child in grade 5 should not …

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The hidden germs in your workspace

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A couple that is sick in bedFlu season tends to create an onslaught of media reports about the dangers of germs to our health, happiness and productivity. We start looking through a microscope at every house and workplace nook and cranny to identify the unseen bacteria aiming to take us down. We become temporary germaphobes: we avoid touching doorknobs, pushing elevator buttons, and resolve to open bathroom doors only with accurately placed ninja kicks. In our anxiety to avoid obvious germ spaces, we turn a blind eye to the workspaces that are in fact busier germ central stations than a public toilet seat!

Germs in the workplace kitchen

The largest germ sites usually occur in higher …

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