Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Monday, April 25, 2011

Career Happiness: Not Money, Time

One more time: we spend most of our adult waking hours at work. That gruesome fact alone makes career choices significant.

Now, as if it should come as a surprise, let me share my favourite nugget from If Money Doesn’t Make You Happy, Consider Time, from the Stanford School of Business' knowledgebase:

"Although spending time with bosses and coworkers tends to be associated with some of the lowest degrees of happiness, two of the biggest predictors of people’s general happiness are whether they have a ‘best friend’ at work and whether they like their boss."

In other words, if you want to be happier at work look for a job that includes a boss and colleagues that you think you will like. This is something to watch for in interviews and other recruitment activities.

Thanks due once again to the 'Barking up the wrong tree' news feed.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Job : Job Developer / Peel, ON

Thanks to Patricia Martin.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Co-operating at Work, Dealing with Betrayal

With any luck you stay in the same job for several years. Which means that you deal with many of the same colleagues, clients and customers for quite a long time. It seems inevitable that conflicts will occur from time to time, and it may seem inevitable that some of these will be badly handled. What strategies work best for dealing with life's conflicts?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wolfram-Alpha Provides Country Age Distribution

To obtain the distribution for Canada just input the following query

Canada population distribution

to Hurrah! Some people are finally drifting out of the work force onto golf courses and then into seniors homes, making room for others.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Job Application Persistence Pays Off

"For 10 years [Captain Barbara Harmer] remained Concorde's only woman pilot to fly regular commercial services..." I regret that I have only just read of her in an obituary notice. She began her working life as an apprentice hairdresser. After deciding that this was an unsuitable occupation for her she became an air traffic controller, then learned to fly and finally funded her training as a commercial pilot with a bank loan of about $15,700.

And then she had to submit about 100 applications before she landed her first job as a pilot.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Trending Occupation Category

Bruce Gillespie (@bgillesp) who is a "journalism professor at Wilfrid Laurier University and arts enthusiast" tweeted this job ad for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra: Digital Marketing Coordinator.

The person that the TSO hires will need the skills required to process masses of electronic communications, to produce the textual, visual and audio components of web pages and other digital materials, and to embed some of these components into the TSO's content management system. However, the clear emphasis in the ad is on using other skills in marketing, co-ordination, co-operation, scheduling and so on to meet the TSO's objectives. The technical stuff supports the people skills.

I think that this category of occupations requires people who can use computers to manipulate a wide variety of media and communications channels (without necessarily creating original work) and, at the same time, work in close association with other personnel that are directly pursuing an organisation's interests. Again, by including that last part of the description I want to exclude the kinds of people who tend to prefer to work in separate departments, away from the 'front line.' Although the production of appealing original works of art, music and literature is still beyond the majority of us, with or without the help of computers, many of us can now manipulate them with acceptable results. The consequence is that, employers can now put the primary emphasis on interaction skills, and also ask for computer skills.

Incidentally, the technical skills are sometimes lumped together and called transliteracy. (I'm grateful to Susan Buckingham of Niagara West Employment & Learning Resource Centres for making me aware of this term.)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Job : Job Developer / Mississauga, ON


Thanks to Patricia Martin.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Loss of Job -> Stigma & Earlier Death

The job may be just awful but when men lose them this can move their deaths forward by a big 63%. These results are from McGill University; you can read an introduction to them here.

Once people lose their jobs employers, at least those in the U.S., view them with considerable prejudice. Indeed, studies show that two fictional résumés, one ostensibly from an unemployed person and the other from someone in work, will be perceived quite differently by an employer. Read an introduction to this topic here.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Video: Michael Adams, author of Sex in the Snow

"Environics co-founder, leading pollster, and author, Michael Adams, delivers a lecture on the Boomer Impact, drawing on the insights and research in his latest book Stayin' Alive: How Canadian Boomers Will Work, Play and Find Meaning in the Second Half of Their Adult Lives. This lecture was produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada."

Entertaining and informative.