People with disabilities deserve a basic income

Last month’s Throne Speech committed to the creation of a new Canadian #Disability Benefit for persons with #disabilities – that’s good news. The details remain vague, but some disability advocates have long championed a basic income for people with disabilities. The new Disability Benefit may offer a step toward that reality. Basic income is a guarantee that…

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How do you actually improve your communication skills?

Employers of all shapes and sizes are requiring candidates to demonstrate strong #communication skills, but often have different ideas of what effective communication means. Recent studies have found that the ability to communicate effectively is the most widely and universally sought-after skill in the #jobmarket today. When employers list “effective communication” as a #job requirement,…

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What if everything on your to-do list urgent and important?

To deter us from spending all our lives caught up in trivial things, time-management practitioners urge us to categorize every item on our to-do list by whether it is urgent and, above all, important. The practice dates back to the famed matrix in Stephen Covey’s 1989 book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, in which…

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10 Ways You Know It’s Time For A New Career

I recently made a big shift in my professional life. After going back and forth for some time, I ultimately made the decision to quit my #fulltime job and go into a work from home, freelancing position as a new career. Reflecting on my reasons for wanting to make such a dramatic shift, there were ten…

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8 Better Ways to End Your Next Email (Plus, the 8 Phrases You Shouldn’t Use)

Sincere, authentic-sounding communication at work matters. Some would argue it can make or break how you’re seen as a professional. Of course, as with any advice article regarding language, it’s worth noting: some women, aware of the disproportionate amount of scrutiny they face overall in professional environments, have internalized the idea that each and every…

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4 Reasons Good Employees Lose Their Motivation

#Motivation — the willingness to get the #job done by starting rather than procrastinating, persisting in the face of distractions, and investing enough mental effort to succeed — accounts for 40% of the success of team projects. Yet managers are often at a loss as to how to effectively motivate uninspired employees. Our review of research on motivation indicates…

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As video conferencing fatigue continues, here are 10 ways to make virtual team meetings engaging and fun

Nine months into the #pandemic many of us are seeking a reprieve from our computer screens. Whether you’re getting #Zoomed-out, Meet-maxed, or Webex-weary, even the thought of having to get on another online meeting is exhausting. The irony, of course, is that communication is exponentially more critical in the world of #remote #work, yet the…

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‘There’s a lot more to food than I knew’

I love #food. For me, food comes from the grocery store. With about 50,000 items in the store, the options seem endless – and I can pick any one of them for my meal. I cook to ensure there will be an explosion of taste that lights up my taste buds the way a symphony…

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