Tag: work

Nov 21 2014

Half the time I agree with idiots to shut them up

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It’s true. In at least 50% of my day-to-day conversations I nod my head and smile, pretending to agree with the non-sense some people say just so they’ll shut the hell up. I’ve even walked away – mid-conversation – to avoid giving in to the near uncontrollable urge to slap them. But is that an …

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Nov 26 2013

4 Lessons I learned growing up poor

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By no means am I a “money expert” nor do I claim to know the best way to be financially successful. I’ve always tried to be a good saver, and a lot of my learnings probably came from being a former poor kid. But stretching a dollar wasn’t all I learned growing up poor. Here …

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Oct 30 2013

Clear signs that you’ve “checked out” at work

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This week, I learned about a co-worker having drinks with a recruiter; friends drafting their resignation letters; and a long time well-respected colleague quitting. Sometimes we reach a point where we’re “done” with a job. It can be on good terms like we’ve achieved all that we can, need to move on to bigger opportunities, …

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Oct 20 2013

Me travelling alone = Giant clusterfuck

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Most people can travel alone, no problem. For me, travelling alone turns into a giant clusterfuck. Whether it was for business or pleasure, I’ve never travelled alone. In fact, I hardly travelled at all until I started working and travelled for business. But even then, I was never alone. I always went to the airport with …

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Jul 09 2013

10 Annoying people you’ll meet in the workplace

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This was a pretty fun post to write. No matter where you’re employed, you’re sure to meet these 10 annoying people at work. Even though most of these start with “the guy who…” these annoying people in the workplace can be both guys and girls. Feel free to add to this list by leaving a …

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Jun 26 2013

My challenges with work life balance

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Lately, I’ve been having major challenges with work life balance and feeling really burned out. I’ve been blogging about my streak of crappy weeks, and as much as I like to use sarcasm as a defense mechanism, part of me realizes I need to get to the root of what’s really bothering me in order …

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Jun 01 2013

Guest Post: How to make a work-love balance work for you

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By Lindsay Shoemake | That Working Girl Once you’re in the workforce, it’s inevitable that you’ll find a core group of friends to have drinks with to explore the nighttime scene. You’re out with your friends, you mix with another friend group, a little flirtation takes place and before you know it, bam – you’re …

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May 15 2013

You know it’s time for a career change when…

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A few of my friends are embarking on a career change, most of whom are only in their late 20s – early 30s. What inspires a person to make the bold decision to leave something familiar in pursuit of something new? Probably a number of things. But here are signs that should tell you, “Hey, …

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Mar 31 2013

Hard work doesn’t always go unnoticed

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In the past, I’ve written and joked about being a die-hard workaholic and no one noticing it – like pissing in the wind. But I’ve learned recently that hard work and dedication don’t always go unnoticed. People may not tell you every day, “I appreciate your hard work.” But if you’re a truly dedicated employee, …

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Mar 19 2013

Confessions of a sellout (aka workaholic)

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These are the confessions from someone who is arguably addicted to her career. I call this post “Confessions of a sellout – I mean career woman – also known as a workaholic.” And this blog post will also explain why I’ve been MIA lately. I started this year with one goal in mind. This would be …

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Mar 01 2013

Resume do’s and don’ts – Some useful resume tips and advice

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When I graduated high school, I took a brief course on resume writing, which offered basic resume tips. Then in my last year of college, I took a similar course, which provided more professional resume advice, as well as how to write a cover letter and assemble a portfolio. Since these courses were mandatory at …

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Feb 22 2013

How to deal with workplace stress

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Workplace stress is nothing new to me or anyone else who has a job for that matter. For some people, stress from work is an occasional occurrence.  For a workaholic, stress at work is just a normal day at the office. There are a number of things that can lead to workplace stress: Unreasonable deadlines …

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Feb 04 2013

Only in Toronto… How a morning of errands can turn into hell

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When people hear about the crazy things that happen to downtown newbs, they often roll their eyes and echo “only in Toronto.” Things like crowded streets, impossible parking, and construction areas are normal for travelling downtown. But “apparently” so is being greeted with spit on your windshield (ew!), the middle finger from a total stranger …

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Feb 03 2013

How a working girl knows she’s got a good man

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I’m no relationship expert. Before I met my fiancée, I was the poster child for relationship screw-ups. Read about my dating past here. However, I’ve been in a happy common-law-riage for over 2 years now. That may not seem like long, but when you live together, 2 years can seem like 12 years (in a …

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Jan 25 2013

Astrology had a sarcastic sense of humour today

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I don’t take horoscopes too seriously, but I do have a horoscope app on my phone, which I read most mornings before work. It’s only in good fun since the daily predictions are always so vague that you could interpret them to fit any situation in your life. But today, my horoscope was pretty specific. …

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Jan 11 2013

Office Space in the real world – admit it, similar shit’s happened to you

Last weekend I watched the Office Space movie, a film set in the late 90s about 3 working guys who downright hate their jobs. If you’ve ever been stuck in a stuffy cubicle reporting to 8 bosses who nag you about your company’s version of TPS reports, this is a must-watch-again movie. Sure, the movie is …

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Dec 31 2012

Some people need a lesson in email etiquette

When it comes to my inbox, like many others, I am often flooded with countless of unread emails. Coming back to the office after a vacation or long weekend usually results in at least a couple of hours of reading emails, prioritizing and then responding. What annoys me is when my inbox is full of …

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Dec 30 2012

Why do people steal food from the office fridge?

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Many of you will remember Friends, the popular 90s television show that aired for a decade. Remember the episode when Ross had a mental breakdown after freaking out on his colleague for taking his sandwich from the office fridge? For those who haven’t seen that episode, you should watch it. Ross’ overdramatic rage is quite …

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Nov 29 2012

Low employee morale? Paint cheesy quotes on the wall

*Disclaimer: Ranting up ahead. Beware. This week, I celebrated my 1 year anniversary since leaving a company where I spent almost 5 years. When I chose to leave for a new opportunity, a lot of people were surprised. They always called me a “lifer” because of my die-hard commitment to the company and the late …

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Nov 25 2012

3 ways to handle work stress (okay, 4 ways)

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Stress is defined as “anything that poses a challenge or a threat to our well-being”. When we’re stressed, our bodies go through the following changes: Blood pressure rises Heart rate rises Breathing becomes more rapid Digestive system slows down Immune system goes down Muscles become tense We lose sleep due to our heightened state of …

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