Work-Life Balance- Is it Achievable?

  Work-life balance- is it achievable? Many men and women struggle to achieve work-life balance. Many believe the whole concept of work-life balance is actually a myth. Canadians are working more than ever and because of mobile technology never have the opportunity to ‘unplug’.  Statistically, only 23% of working Canadians are satisfied with their lives.  Many…

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Cultural Differences in Parenting

  Do cultural differences exist in parenting? Parenting can be our greatest joy and our most difficult challenge.  In North America, we tend to have quite rigid standards around parenting norms and what is considered to be appropriate and acceptable.  However other cultures can have vastly different “rules”, sometimes even opposite to Western cultures, and…

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Hiring Temporary Foreign Workers in Calgary

  Hiring temporary foreign workers in Calgary is always risky. There may be cultural, language and/or religious considerations to keep in mind.  However, when there is work to be completed and a labour shortage to contend with what are employers to do? When I worked with Alberta Employment and Immigration I spearheaded many international recruitment…

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Merry Christmas from a Cultural Diversity Trainer

As a cultural diversity trainer/speaker I always begin my December workshops/keynotes on saying “Merry Christmas”. It seems like a lot of people get their Christmas stockings tied up in knots over this. Here’s the deal (and my opinion only but that is what the intnernet is for)- it’s part of Canadian culture to say ‘Merry…

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Cultural Diversity- A Canadian Perspective

UPc29o When conducting t Works cross-cultural communication and cultural diversity workshops I often ask participants, ‘what does it mean to you to be a Canadian’ and am often met with a lot of silence. Yet, if I was to send any participant to China they would know very quickly what it means to be a…

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Cultural Numerology

Julie, a good friend, listed her home over a year ago. Though she recognizes the market is down due to the recessive economy of last year her home is situated in a very trendy, inner-city neighbourhood. She has three spacious bedrooms on the upper level and a developed basement maximizing space. She has granite countertops,…

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Nonverbal Communication

Nonverbal Communication Communication is key. We have all heard this phrase many times and how it applies to personal and business relationships. Yet, most individuals do not think “outside” of the proverbial box to realize that communication means so much more than the spoken word. In fact, according to A. Barbour, author of Louder than…

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