Is it Rude to Not Return Phone Calls?

IS IT RUDE TO NOT RETURN PHONE CALLS?It drives me nuts! On any given day I am on the phone – calling clients, friends and prospects. Guess which ones never get returned? If you guessed all three you are right – there are times when clients, friends and prospects don’t return calls – I bet this is a surprise. You probably thought it’s only prospects that don’t return calls. Wrong! Continue reading

Flexibility in the Workplace

work-life-balanceWell, it is out there – the latest Softchoice survey has just released its findings and they are going to cause many organizations to stand on their heads. The workplace as we know it is changing. This is definitely not a surprise yet some of the findings may make us sit up and take more notice about how we run our businesses. Continue reading

10 Ways to get Yourself Fired!

Here in Canada it has been all over the news lately – the group of young men who were harassing a TV reporter by yelling lewd remarks into her microphone. Many feel they have the right to free speech and just as many feel they were inappropriate. More still, feel that although inappropriate nothing should be done about it.

Let’s look at what happened to one of the young men. Shawn Simoes was fired from his engineering  position at Hydro One. Now  is the time to look at what can get one fired in the business world. Continue reading

Four Signs Your Close-Minded Hires Will Destroy Your Company

When hiring we need to ensure those we hire will be a benefit to our organizations. In the past, many people have been hired as a pair of hands – there is a task to do and we need someone to do it. That was all there was to it.

Today, the needs are far different. When we recruit for an organization we do the usual. Every resume is examined to see if it meets the qualifications brought forward by the organization. However, we also examine the need for new hires to be able to think and to adapt to the ever changing situation. Continue reading