Job advice

Career management

Career : Is the community sector for me ?

The community sector is a particular world closer to the human element and far removed from corporate motives. An experienced member of this sector tells us about its advantages and characteristics.  When we asked Amélie Lafortune-Lauzon on the essential qualities of communal work, she answered without so much as a preamble. “You need to want […]


Company life

Working with your dog: pros and cons

A few days a week, Violaine Boucher arrives at work with Rocky, her two-year-old labradoodle. She is not alone in doing this: over 15 Moment Factory employees bring their dogs to work on a regular basis. An overview of this new trend within companies. Its many benefits According to a US scientific study published in […]


Interview

Oddball interview questions

Some recruiters commonly use odd—to say the least—interview questions to catch candidates unprepared. Glassdoor has published the cream of the crop in terms of strangeness, but be forewarned, some of them will leave you scratching your head! While candidates try to prepare for recruiters’ trick questions, they cannot possibly imagine some of the unexpected things […]


Not to be missed

Vacation days : Canadians losing out on 26 million days

This year, Canadians will not use all of their vacation days. Do they prefer working to leisure? According to a recent study, they deprive themselves of vacation for professional or even material reasons. Some explanations. The annual Vacation Deprivation Study sponsored by Expedia and conducted by Northstar with one thousand Canadians interviewed last September found that 52% […]


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

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 […]


Rights and labour standards

Unpaid internships : A bad practice which is gaining ground

Is Canada becoming a champion of unpaid internships? Hundreds of thousands of people currently work for free in companies across the country. The figure originates in the consequences of the 2008 crisis. Organizations estimate that nearly 300,000 people are currently working without pay within large Canadian companies. The number of these volunteer interns has skyrocketed since the […]


Pay and benefits

Create jobs this summer and get funding

The applications for the 2014 Canada Summer Jobs fund have changed. The annual government run program, which creates thousands of job opportunities for students throughout the country, has moved its submission deadline to January 31 this year. Create jobs this summer and get funding ! The change was made as to allow participating employers to be […]


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 […]


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 […]


Not to be missed

Canadians think about work, even on vacation

Canadians think about work, even on vacation. Indeed, 62% of Canadians confess to checking their work e-mails and voicemail regularly or from time to time while on vacation, according to an Expedia.ca survey. People from British Columbia have the hardest time letting go, with 68% of respondents staying in touch with the office while on vacation. […]


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