When a caregiver becomes a care receiver

Lesson learned: We need to apply child-friendly practices to adult care because when you are ill or injured, you feel like a child again

When a caregiver becomes a care receiverPaid or unpaid, caregivers are never supposed to get sick, right? But sometimes they do. Sue Robins owns a health-care communications company and is the mother of a young man with Down syndrome. Robins used to blog about caring for her son and his encounters with the health-care system. But that all changed the day she received…

Changing jobs? Check out corporate culture first

Put vision, culture and pay/benefits together, and you have the essential ingredients of a perfect match

Changing jobs? Check out corporate culture firstPeople often take jobs for reasons that are far different from the ones that keep them rooted to the same job. Unfortunately, most job-seekers never think about that. If they did, there would be far less turnover, not to mention angst accompanying job-changing. Why do career-builders choose some jobs over others? They match their skills…

Using aerodynamics technology to reduce fuel consumption

Kelly Zwarych of AeroLab Tech talks about being recognized by NASA as a top-25 startup disruptive company and what the future holds

Using aerodynamics technology to reduce fuel consumptionKelly Zwarych is CEO and co-founder of AeroLab Tech. What is AeroLab Technology and what do you do? Zwarych: As a one liner, AeroLab makes market-defining technology in advanced aerodynamics. Drilling down further, our technology measures aerodynamic drag in real time in real world applications. This is really amazing because aerodynamic drag measuring has always…

Trade confidence dips to lowest level in seven years

Disruptive international trade policies have clearly shaken the confidence of Canadian exporters: EDC

Trade confidence dips to lowest level in seven yearsThe latest Trade Confidence Index from Export Development Canada (EDC) says trade confidence among Canada's exporters fell to its lowest level since the European debt crisis seven years ago. “Disruptive international trade policies have clearly shaken the confidence of Canadian exporters,” said Peter Hall, chief economist with EDC, in a news release on Thursday. “One-third of…

A demotion doesn’t have to be demoralizing

Often when positions don't work out and workers are moved into lesser positions, they welcome them, even though it means a salary cut

A demotion doesn’t have to be demoralizingOne day out of the blue, your boss calls you into his office and says that you've been "reclassified." You have no idea what it means, but it sounds exciting. One thing is certain: You weren't canned. Maybe it's a new job, more power, and yes, a bigger paycheck. Sorry, it's none of the above.…

Canadians continue to hold high debt compared to disposable income

Household net worth rose 2.7% to $11,114 billion in the first quarter, according to StatsCan

Canadians continue to hold high debt compared to disposable incomeThe Canadian household credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income remained at 177.6 per cent in the first quarter, as debt and income grew at similar rates. In other words, there was $1.78 in debt for every $1 of household disposable income, according to data released on Thursday by Statistics Canada. The…

How to protect your company against fraud

Former RCMP investigator Greg Draper, now with MNP LLP, talks about who is most likely to commit fraud and what they target

How to protect your company against fraudGreg Draper is a former RCMP investigator and current vice-president of Valuations, Forensics and Litigation Support at MNP LLP. Who poses the greatest threat – and why – for fraud? Draper: The simple answer is: the person we least expect. You’d never hire someone if we thought they’d defraud the organization. Most of us go…

Albertans’ net worth third highest in country

B.C. and Ontario residents have higher net worth, thanks in part to property values: ATB

Albertans’ net worth third highest in countryAlbertans have consistently held the highest wages among all provinces in the country in recent years. But how do people in the province rate when it comes to their net worth? ATB Financial’s Economics & Research Team discovered that Alberta is third behind Ontario and British Columbia. “The average net worth of households in Alberta…

Number of vacant jobs in Alberta falls

Alberta had 33,800 unfilled jobs in the first quarter of this year as its job vacancy rate fell by 0.1 per cent to 2.1 per cent

Number of vacant jobs in Alberta fallsAlberta had 33,800 unfilled jobs in the first quarter of this year as its job vacancy rate fell by 0.1 per cent to 2.1 per cent, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business Help Wanted report released on Wednesday. In the fourth quarter of 2018, Alberta had 37,100 vacant jobs. In Canada, the private sector…

Alberta ag sector jobs down 18.7% in four years: ATB

Number of private sector jobs in 2018 down by 2.2%; public sector jobs up by 19.3%

Alberta ag sector jobs down 18.7% in four years: ATBResearch by ATB Financial’s Economics & Research Team indicates Alberta’s job recovery from the depths of the recession depends on which sector of the economy you look at. When oil prices collapsed at the end of 2014, thousands of oil patch jobs were shed. The total number of jobs has recovered but new part-time work…

Albertans drowning in debt

Average debt per Canadian consumer, including mortgages, reached $71,300 in the first quarter of 2019: Equifax

Albertans drowning in debtAverage Alberta debt levels – excluding mortgages – continue to be the highest in Canada and rising, according to the latest Equifax Canada report. The report said the average debt in the first quarter of this year in the province rose by 3.4 per cent from a year ago to $29,117. At the same time,…

The challenge of talking about caregiving at work

Developing a language that meaningfully resonates with our experiences is an essential step toward creating and leveraging social support

The challenge of talking about caregiving at workTalking about caregiving at work can be difficult and stressful. And that’s important because 35 per cent of all employed Canadians have caring responsibilities at home. Dr. Zachary White is an expert in the barriers that natural caregivers face in explaining their responsibilities at home to others, including employers. White is an associate professor at Queens…

Alberta job growth tilted to part-time rather than full-time work

ATB Financial says numbers point to a weakening of the province’s job market

Alberta job growth tilted to part-time rather than full-time workHow is Alberta’s job market compared to before the economic downturn began when oil prices collapsed at the end of 2014? ATB Financial’s Economics and Research Team shed some light on the province’s labour market on Monday. “The average number of positions was up by 2.5 per cent in 2018 compared to 2014. Unfortunately, job…

How the mobile phone industry meets – or fails – customer expectations

Adrian Chung of J.D. Power talks about the results of the company’s latest wireless survey and why trust is such a huge component

How the mobile phone industry meets – or fails – customer expectationsAdrian Chung, director of the technology, media and telecom practice at J.D. Power in Canada. What are the key results and findings you can take from a recent wireless experience survey you did? Chung: In this year’s edition of the J.D. Power Wireless Purchase Experience study, we saw a decline in overall satisfaction of six…

Tips to finding a good (business) story to tell

Stories are a compact way to communicate vividly, practically and persuasively

Tips to finding a good (business) story to tellStories are a compact way to communicate vividly, practically and persuasively. You can quickly capture people's attention, illustrate abstract principles in action, and appeal to emotions. However, telling stories well is often easier than finding good stories. Almost all of the books, articles, websites, and storytelling conventions on storytelling are about how to craft and…
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