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It’s the Season to Spring Clean Your Finances

Spring is the time when flowers start blooming, grass turns greener and, for some reason, “spring cleaning” comes to mind. When I think “spring cleaning,” I don’t normally think of cleaning my home (although I probably should), I think of organizing my paperwork. It might be because I have finished my income taxes and I… Read more »

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Take time to do a “spring tune-up” of your career.

What doesn’t get said about our individual performance is sometimes the most valuable information in managing our career. The real opinions of bosses and co-workers matter when it comes to job assignments, promotions and opportunities. This is sometimes called the “invisible resume.” For your “spring tune-up,” ask for frank, honest feedback from those you trust…. Read more »

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How to Avoid 3 Universal Relationship Blunders

In this day and age, we are aware that many of our intimate relationships are struggling and are in jeopardy. Therefore, the age old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is equally relevant today as it was when the saying was originally coined. According to Stats Canada, approximately 38 %… Read more »

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8 Guidelines for Family Discussions

Having effective family conversations can be challenging. Whether you have scheduled meetings or more casual family discussions during meal-time or as the need arises, there are basic guidelines that can help you to have productive family dialogue. Include all family members. Children need to be included. It is important that every family member gets the… Read more »

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Become An Expert Listener in Five Steps

So much of our effectiveness at work is through the relationships we develop. How do we strengthen those connections and improve communication and understanding? And how do we do that in this busy world of work? The answer is “shift to listening” — really listening! We focus so much on telling, instructing, and conveying messages…. Read more »

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Four Stress Strategies To Manage Financial Worry

Desjardin Financial reported that 61% of people cited personal finances as their #1 source of stress. And just like physical, emotional and environmental stress, financial stress can become overwhelming. It is estimated that employees with debt are spending 1 hour per day dealing with money at work. According to a Mayo Clinic report, there are… Read more »

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3 Tips to Improve Workplace Communication

The first step is to have some face-to-face communication! Email/chat has overwhelmed our workplace communication methods. We couldn’t work without the speed and immediacy that electronic communications provide. But — the big but — is that “e-mail,” by definition, is just words, making this form of communication much more easily misunderstood than face-to-face conversation. Over… Read more »

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Can work be safe, when home isn’t?

That’s the title of a new Pan-Canadian study that shows the enormous scope and impact of domestic violence on workers and workplaces. Of the more than 8,400 workers who responded to a 2014 survey conducted by the University of Western Ontario and the Canadian Labour Congress, a third report they have experienced domestic violence at… Read more »

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Seeking Unbiased Info About Managing Money?

Are you looking to increase your budgeting skills? Do you want to know more about interest rates or about your credit bureau? Are you considering buying a home, but aren’t sure if it’s better to rent? We all have lots of questions when it comes to making good decisions around managing our money. But where… Read more »

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Holiday Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can seriously harm an unborn baby. Each year in Canada, it is estimated that nine babies in every 1,000 are born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The birth defects and developmental disabilities that result from FASD are preventable by avoiding alcohol during pregnancy. NO amount of alcohol is considered safe… Read more »

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