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Dr. Helen’s Blog – Career Development, Career Management, and HR

Sometimes people with mental health challenges call in sad to avoid work problems
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Have you ever called in “sad?”

Mental illness linked to workplace problems is a leading cause of short and long-term disability in Canada. Given the costs associated with these types of claims, I propose a different approach. I advocate advanced, properly timed, advanced career coaching as a practical, solution-focused option sometimes offered in addition to mental health interventions.
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a toxic job does't always look terrible, but sometimes it does
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Leaving a Toxic Job

A job is so much more than just “a job.” Most of us spend most of our waking hours at work. In a good scenario, colleagues become friends as well, and work can become an important part of our social life. Your job is often a big part of your financial security, and if you’re lucky, your fulfillment. What do you do when your job becomes a dreaded grind? Or worse, like an abusive relationship?
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self-employment starts as a dream but can become a reality
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Self-Employment: A Reality Check

Self-employment is becoming more and more common, as shifts in the economy make some jobs obsolete, and new technology makes self-employment easier than ever before. Everything isn't for everybody ... is self-employment a good option for you?
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spot a red flag while interviewing
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Five Ways to Spot a Bad Workplace During the Hiring Process

Often, when we are looking for a new job we really want to make sure that we’re chosen by the potential employer. We may be motivated by a deep desire to pay off student debt, the need to provide for ourselves and our loved ones, and for the security that comes from a steady paycheck. In reality, however, we should also be evaluating a potential employer for their qualities.
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mental health appointment
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The right help at the right time: what are the differences between Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Psychotherapists and Life Coaches?

With all the attention focused on mental health issues and mental health in the workplace, I've noticed the growing popularity of Life Coaches, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists, and Psychologists. What hasn't been growing is clarity around how the services provided by these practitioners differ from each other. This can make it difficult for people to know who to contact, and when.
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because of automation machines hand out withdrawls
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Automation is Now

Automation doesn’t have to be a negative. Change can be a positive, once fear is overcome. Automation and AI are causing – and sometimes allowing – some people to change their jobs, roles, or careers now. That means it’s not something that we can safely ignore for another three to five years. I think it’s smart for all of us, myself included, to think about what we do for a living and how we do it.
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