Women caught in the “Double-Bind” paradox

Men retain their perceived likeability when promoted, while women are seen as aggressive and bossy

Women caught in the “Double-Bind” paradoxHe’s the boss. You’ve become bossy. He’s assertive and confident. You’re seen as aggressive and domineering. He’s successful and liked. You were better liked before you got promoted. Enter the Double-Bind paradox, which states that as males rise in rank and status at work, they retain (and often increase) their perceived likeability – so they…

Skilled trade jobs go begging in Canada

Skilled trades are the hardest jobs to fill, followed by sales representatives and drivers: ManpowerGroup survey

Skilled trade jobs go begging in CanadaA new report by ManpowerGroup finds that 41 per cent of Canadian employers say they can’t find the skilled people they need to fill jobs. “We continue to see increasing demand for skilled workers across all sectors of the Canadian economy from trades and transport to sales,” said Darlene Minatel, country manager of ManpowerGroup Canada.…

3 situations when team interventions won’t work

Before jumping head-first into a team building session, ask yourself if it really going to resolve the issue

3 situations when team interventions won’t workLeading a team requires a skill set that is completely different from that of managing direct reports, the people who work directly under you. I have worked for leaders who were great at galvanizing a team but really ineffective one-on-one, and amazing bosses who were terrible team leads. Actually, most of the people I’ve worked…

Six mistakes people make when they start a new job

25 per cent of people who move into a new job will fail. Paying attention to these six common mistakes will help make sure you are not one of them

Six mistakes people make when they start a new jobWhat happens when leaders take on new roles or responsibilities in their company? 'Onboarding' – the process of acquiring, accommodating, assimilating and accelerating new team members, whether they come from outside or inside the company – has focused almost exclusively on employees who join from the outside. But there is usually a lot more internal…

What to do about bad leaders

Your real concern, however, shouldn't be with leaders who are bad but with those who just aren't very good

What to do about bad leadersThe world is full of bad leaders. Luckily for the rest of us, they are pretty easy to spot and tend to have limited impact because they generally do not have much influence or staying power. The real concern should be with leaders who are not bad – they just aren't very good. These are…

Gig economy the ‘new normal’ for Canadians: BMO survey

But there are drawbacks, including fluctuating income, lack of employment insurance or health and medical benefits, and an ineligibility for employer retirement plans

Gig economy the ‘new normal’ for Canadians: BMO surveyA shift in the labour market to contractual or on-demand employment is the “new normal” for Canadians, according to a report published by BMO Wealth Management on Monday. Labelled the “gig economy,” this trend encompasses temporary employees of all ages and spans all sectors, including accounting, engineering, human resources and information technology. According to Statistics…

Culture drives an organization to superior results

Attitudes and beliefs correspond with character, while values and competencies correspond with competence

Culture drives an organization to superior resultsSitting just alongside the attitudes and beliefs of an organization is a companion set of attributes that round out the cultural blueprint. It is represented by: The Values: espoused and held to be important. The Competencies: nurtured to drive performance and build talent. It is a pretty simple formula – so simple that many seem…

Four top mistakes made by job hunters

To be the winning job candidate, your attitude must convey a passion for the employer's business and an eagerness to participate in the corporate vision

Four top mistakes made by job huntersEven with the hundreds of career books published every year, not to mention the thousands of articles about how to write a perfect resume and ace job interviews, job hunters keep making the same mistakes every year. Every job hunter fumbles parts of the tedious job-landing process, but the four following mistakes can seriously slow…

The rise of steel collar workers, the end of blue collar workers

Automation is taking over the workplace. That means our education system must adapt. So must the students seeking marketable skills

The rise of steel collar workers, the end of blue collar workersMy bank machine just wished me a happy birthday. It wasn’t the exact day but it asked me: Did you think we would forget that your birthday is this month? This struck me as just one more example of automation taking over what people used to do. No biological being had yet wished me a…

How the Canadian oil and gas workforce is changing

Alberta has an abundance of job vacancies to be filled by new graduates and seasoned professionals with the will to adapt

How the Canadian oil and gas workforce is changingNot too many years ago, Alberta’s economy was stable with an abundance of work. But as the oil and gas economy declined in 2014, industry-related work changed in Fort McMurray, Edmonton, Calgary and elsewhere. Trade workers from Eastern Canada moved back home, impacting real estate sales and rental vacancies. Doubt about the provincial economy settled…

Money key driver in people changing jobs

OfficeTeam survey says workers also move because they're bored, don’t feel appreciated or seek a stronger mission

Money key driver in people changing jobsShow me the money. When it comes to leaving jobs, money does indeed talk. A survey by staffing firm OfficeTeam found that 43 per cent of Canadian workers would move on to greener pastures for more money – 45 per cent of men compared with 39 per cent of women. "Professionals want to be rewarded and recognized…

Lower survival rates for self-employed: report

Unincorporated self-employed outnumber incorporated business owners in Canada: StatsCan

Lower survival rates for self-employed: reportSelf-employment has higher entry and exit rates and lower survival probabilities than business ownership in Canada, says a new report released on Monday by Statistics Canada. “Over the period from 2002 to 2013, almost one-half of entrants to business ownership survived five years while less than 30 per cent of entrants to self-employment did the…

Your gender may dictate how effectively you communicate

The most effective communicators come across as both confident and caring

Your gender may dictate how effectively you communicateA few years ago, I conducted research in the United States, Europe and Canada to see how gender differences in communication were displayed in the workplace. The first thing I found was that both men and women identified the same sets of strengths and weaknesses in themselves and each other. Top three communication strengths for…

The world needs fewer leaders and more good managers

Management is the infrastructure that allows a leader's vision to become a sustainable reality

The world needs fewer leaders and more good managersBusiness and management guru Henry Mintzberg made the argument a few years ago that businesses are asking for trouble because of their penchant for separating "leaders" from "managers" and placing leadership in a superior role over management. We are suffering, in other words, not from a lack of leadership, but from the absence of good management. Mintzberg believes that, while…

5 ways to stay sane if your boss is a micromanager

The worst thing an organisation can do is to reward pathological behaviour

5 ways to stay sane if your boss is a micromanagerMy boss, Janet, was clever, hardworking and had an amazing eye for detail. She had high standards: if you e-mailed with a question at 10 p.m., she replied by 10.05. She worked hard, delivered on time, hated mistakes and expected the same from her team. She was driving us mad. We had been working on…
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