I'm always sad when I learn of staff reductions and layoffs and recently, that's what's caused me to generally reflect on employee career planning and how people handle their layoff situation. While we've certainly had our share of layoffs in Manitoba, the most recent notice of layoffs coming from two major retailers, suggests that shifts in our employment market are still occurring.
How often have you heard the phrase, "Oh sure, she/he got promoted because they're the manager's favourite."
Interestingly enough, recent research suggests that favouritism is much more widespread than initially believed. But what exactly is favouritism from a recruitment perspective?
A recent United Nations study suggests that unfortunately, the disease of affluence is spreading worldwide. This so-called disease typically refers to high blood pressure.
Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty recently sent many Canadians' blood pressure spiking by insinuating they're suffering from another "disease of affluence," one that prevents them from accepting just any job versus being unemployed.
According to Travel Manitoba, our province is on a roll.
The provincial tourism marketing agency suggests we need to shout from the rooftops that it's "Manitoba Time," and I agree. Manitoba has so much to offer our citizens as well as business visitors and tourists. Just look around; we have the luxury of beautiful parks and glistening blue lakes nearby, with plenty of opportunities for fun and adventure or just plain relaxation.
I don't mean to speak disparagingly about the concept of "Freedom 55", but the dream of working hard, sacrificing and saving for early retirement seems to have fallen by the wayside.
It has sometimes been said that Steve Jobs, newly retired CEO of Apple, is an industrial icon who is an inventor, innovator and computing pioneer. He is considered an outright genius, and a legend whose legacy in the computing world covers over 30 years. After all, what would we do without the iPad, the iPhone, the iPod and the Mac? I am sure you will agree that his impact will be felt for many, many years to come. The challenge for the new leader, then, is how do you follow such a legend?
Questions and answers with Barbara Bowes.
I know, I know. Your parents taught you that bragging about yourself was impolite.
Canada is still reeling from the recent news that Danny Williams, premier of Newfoundland, is quitting. That's right, he's quitting and with a lot less working notice than I would have expected for a premier.
Q: For the first time in many years, I’ll have time for myself over the coming holiday season.
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