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So, What Is A Milennial?

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So, What Is A Milennial?

Although it’s tough to “define” a group of 9.6 million Canadians, here are some of the basics. Don’t worry if this is all news to you – you didn’t miss “Generation’s Day” in high school. The word Millennial is relatively new, and some of the specifics are unclear… which has tended to promote confusion. Frankly, I’ve personally had a lot of trouble trying to figure out what group name to put on the younger generations (I’m a boomer). Maybe you’ve had trouble too? How old are they? Demographers disagree, but the general definition I use – and the one that Pew Research uses – is: Millennials are those who were […]

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4 Ps That Spell Career Satisfaction

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4 Ps That Spell Career Satisfaction

    Back in the day, my father went to work very early every morning, putting in long hours, “just to make ends meet” and while he really never complained, we all knew (because he told us) that he had always dreamt of becoming a teacher. Frankly, dear old Dad would have been a good one too. But instead of realizing his goal he knuckled down to a career in the printing business, sometimes doing a couple of part-time jobs as well. Today, you might say things have changed. The more general attitude is that your career should be about more than just paying the bills. Ideally, it should be energizing and […]

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‘Twas the Week Before Christmas … in the Little Town

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‘Twas the Week Before Christmas … in the Little Town

By Bruce Malcolm   ‘Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the town Not a taxpayer was smiling, they all had a frown. The Council was busy making rules and regs, The Spirit of Christmas had got up and got legs. The town was all covered in ice and in snow, Folks stuck in their houses, but with places to go, The roads were not ready no one could get through, Because staffing was down to a miserable few. The problem had been no thought was inspired, To replace aged boomers who had finally retired. The Mayor half frantic and almost in tears, Dissent and disorder amongst her worst fears. When […]

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Hairy Decisions: Appropriate Facial Hair for Work … you are not Santa Claus!

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Hairy Decisions: Appropriate Facial Hair for Work … you are not Santa Claus!

        What worked for the Rt. Hon Sir Mackenzie Bowell (ranked as Canada’s greatest bearded Prime Minister – he was number 5) may not work for you. Here is an interesting article entitled 6 CANADIAN PRIME MINISTERS RANKED FOR BEARD, MOUSTACHE OR SIDEBURN QUALITY. The thing is, beards and corporate life are a tricky combo. You don’t want cling-ons from lunch tagging along to a meeting. And you don’t want to look like you just fell off a Grey Coach tour bus. That doesn’t necessarily mean that, once you start traipsing through the corridors of power, you have to bid your whiskers goodbye. But you do have to treat a beard […]

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Finding Work-Life Balance in Your Municipality

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Finding Work-Life Balance in Your Municipality

In our parents’ or perhaps our grandparents’ day people worked to a fairly strict schedule: Punch the clock by 9:00 AM, ½ an hour for lunch and out by 5:00PM. Need some personal time for a doctor’s appointment or another professional visit? Schedule it on your own time before or after work. Not feeling well and you want to work from home? Use a sick day. The concept then was to shape your life around your work. I remember a manager I had a number of years ago chiding me when I was late for work …I had an appointment with my son’s teacher at 9:00AM – and it was […]

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