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4 days ago

The Pool.

Jim Murray · When we moved to St Catharines it was the seventh house we would have lived it. But this one was different in that out the back was a beautiful swimming pool. · I had never owned a house with a pool before. So my first reaction was, oh boy, that’s gonna be a lot of extra work. · ...

11 months ago

Should I work after retirement or change my job?

Royce Shook · Times are tough, many of us are not working and it is not by choice. The economy in many countries is in the tank and many are searching for a new way to make a living. Maybe it is time to re-invent ourselves or to start a new career. Note I said career, not a job. · A job is wor ...

1 year ago

Six ways to better working lives

Royce Shook ·  Work is important for us, and employers need to recognize that as we grow and age, we may need help to manage work, social and financial life. Here are some ideas from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales: · 1. Stage: Growing up, studying, and requalifying ...

1 year ago

Should Work-Life Integration Replace Work-Life Balance?

Jim Taggart · People have a love for fads, whether it was the Hula Hoop in the late fifties, the big hair bands of the 80s, or the moon shoes of the nineties. When it comes to workplace issues, we become enthralled with new ideas which often get blindly adopted without first thinking through t ...

1 year ago

Paths to Retirement

Royce Shook · When I retired in 2006, I returned to work almost at once. I was at odds with what was the norm for people retiring. Traditionally, workers transitioned from full-time work to full and permanent retirement. Since about 2006, my retirement was a process, often occurring in a serie ...

1 year ago

A Day in the Life of a Geotechnical Engineer

Justin Panagapko · A career in geotechnical engineering is as exciting as it is challenging. Most engineers in this field love that no two days are ever the same, and many relish the numerous opportunities they get to create innovative solutions to problems. · A typical day for a geotechnical engin ...

1 year ago

The future of women at work: Part 4

Royce Shook · Long-established barriers make it harder for women to make transitions. Women have less time to reskill or search for employment because they spend much more time than men on unpaid care work; they are less mobile due to physical safety, infrastructure, and legal challenges; and ...

1 year ago

The future of women at work: Part 3

Royce Shook · Some women may leave the labour market entirely. Long-established barriers may make it harder for women to make transitions. They have less time to reskill or search for employment because they spend much more time than men on unpaid care work; they are less mobile due to physica ...

1 year ago

The future of women at work: Part 2

Royce Shook · McKinsey Global Institute found that potential job losses and gains for men and women could be different. Service-oriented and clerical support occupations could account for 52 percent of women’s job losses, but machine operation and craftwork occupations could account for 40 per ...

2 years ago

An argument to stay young... or at least think that way.

Graham🐝 Edwards · “How business schools are adapting to the changing world of work.” I just finished reading this and it got me to thinking, and apparently to typing. In short, it offers a commentary on how business schools are changing what (and the way) they teach to prepare business students fo ...

2 years ago

Retirement ready?

Royce Shook · Age shouldn’t determine if you retire. You need to be willing and ready to leave work. Retirement willingness is a state of mind. When you are ready, you are happy to leave your workplace, colleagues, the structure work gives you, the sense of purpose and the activities associate ...

3 years ago

Living past 70, have you planned well?

Royce Shook · Aegon an English pension and life insurance company asked a panel of 700 consumers from age 18 to 64 to reflect on aspects of life that might influence their financial well-being at age 70 such as work, health and caring responsibilities. · This year there is an increasing number ...

3 years ago

You may miss...

Royce Shook · When you retire, you may miss the fast, hectic paced days, when you are scrambling to finish that latest project. You may miss being in the action, being held in high regard by your workmates and maybe even management. You may miss the stress of getting to work on time, finishing ...

3 years ago

My 12 Rules for Work

Renée 🐝 Cormier · My pal, Graham Edwards asked me to write a response to his blog about his 12 rules for work. Graham is very “first-born child” in his nature, meaning he is more driven to perfection and even a bit bossier than this last-born child, who really just wants to have fun. So here are s ...

3 years ago

There is a reason why they call it work...

Graham🐝 Edwards · work [wərk] NOUN: activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result. · The past couple of weeks have had me a "little" busy (as well as a little sick), and during all of it I was reminded about the definition of work — that sometimes it isn ...

3 years ago

What We Can Learn About Business From Watching Snipers At Work

Jim Murray · I have always been interested in killers. · I think it started back in the sixties when a lot of the great film noire detective and murder mystery movies started coming to television. Movies like Out Of The Past and Key Largo and The Big Sleep were among my favourites. Later on t ...

3 years ago

Working longer also good for your health?

Royce Shook · Did you know that people aged 55 and over made up 36% of the working-age population in 2016? I did not, however, baby boomers are leaving the labour force in huge numbers, which, coupled with a decline in the birth rate in industrialized countries, is leading to a decline in the ...

4 years ago

Questions to Help You Mind Your Business... Question #8

Graham🐝 Edwards · Question #8... How can I manage my business and still have a life?This is the eighth in a series of thoughts and opinions by Graham Edwards and Renée Cormier — click here to read the backstory and inspiration (if only for the entertainment). It should be noted that neither of us ...

4 years ago

Retirement Guide (also a life plan)

Royce Shook · I was talking to a friend about retiring. He couldn’t wait to get out of the day-to-day work grind. Okay, I have to admit that I find the concept hard—I have retired once, went back to work and then quit and returned to work. it took me another 3 years to retire, · and I made it ...

4 years ago

Are you retiring to something or from something?

Royce Shook · We are all retired and we were meeting for lunch on a Friday afternoon. The talk moved through many topics, from funny things grandchildren say to more serious issues such as stroke and medical issues, basketball and hockey. One of the people at the table was a man I had not seen ...

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