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Career and Job Transition During a Pandemic (Part 2)

September 26, 2020
In this second installment of a two-part blog, Dr. Helen pulls together more ideas she's shared over the years in various blogs to help people who are navigating a career...

Career and Job Transition During a Pandemic (Part 1)

September 12, 2020
In this two-part blog, Dr. Helen pulls together ideas she's shared over the years in various blogs to help people who are navigating a career or job transition during the...

Feel Like an Impostor? Maybe You’re Just an Outlier …

August 22, 2020
Much has been written about the Impostor Syndrome but people who are outliers because of a quality that is peripheral to their skills and abilities (e.g., their gender, race, ethnicity,...

Buttering up the boss – from home

July 25, 2020
One of the classic inside jokes in Ottawa is that almost everything gets discussed – and even decided – during smoke breaks. The flatterer, the apple-polisher, the butt-kisser – there...

Underemployment: Is it ever a good thing?

July 11, 2020
Get ahead. Get promoted. Make more money. Aim higher. Clients often come to me to find out how to move ahead. It is rare that I counsel a client to...

Pandemic Positives – Silver Linings and Hidden Opportunities Due to ongoing COVID-19 Limbo

June 27, 2020
It’s almost Canada Day 2020. Who would have thought we’d still be in COVID-19 limbo after 100+ days? As I reflect on the ‘before times’ I am noticing a few...

Why Employee Networking Still Matters

May 30, 2020
I’ve had countless corporate professionals and public servants tell me they don't bother with networking. They say they don't have the time since they’re so busy doing their work. Plus,...

How Working with Less Can Be More – Creativity and Constraints

May 16, 2020
While it is important to acknowledge that our pandemic routines are often frustrating and unpleasant, there is also a potential upside. It's counter-intuitive, but we can make the most of...

Going Back to Work Could be a Bumpy Ride

May 2, 2020
Going back to work after COVID-19 is different than other return-to-work scenarios. Typically, it's one person re-integrating into the workplace after parental leave, an accident or illness. This time almost...

Bouncing Back from the Pandemic

April 18, 2020
Even if haven’t been touched directly by the virus, your life has been changed in every way. What many of us are feeling is more than regular sadness and fear...

We’ve heard of working from home, what about leading from home?

April 4, 2020
The internet is awash in articles about ‘working from home.’ That’s an important topic, but I believe that leading from home – especially so suddenly – needs more attention.

How Important is it for Your Boss to Like You?

March 28, 2020
Most of us crave attention and approval from our parents, teachers, friends - and bosses. It's hard when we think our boss hates us ... but does it matter?

Coronavirus Gives New Meaning to the “Toxic Workplace”

March 15, 2020
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, most of us had read about, heard about or experienced a toxic workplace first-hand. Now there's a new type of toxic workplace that includes harmful...

Less is More: Maintaining Boundaries at Work

March 7, 2020
Maintaining boundaries at work doesn’t come naturally to everyone. What’s common sense to one person can be like learning a foreign language to another ...

Could a PhD be Holding You Back?

February 22, 2020
It’s counter-intuitive. Your PhD should be an invincible asset, yet without some finesse, your PhD could be a barrier. In this AudioBlog post, Dr. Helen shares some ideas and strategies...

The Workplace Bait-and-Switch: Is it Happening to You?

February 8, 2020
Have you ever been lured into accepting a promising job that ended up being entirely different once you got started? It’s a common concept that cuts across domains. It’s called...

Career Psychology – Usually a Lot Faster Than and Different from Therapy

January 11, 2020
Many people have heard of career coaches or career counsellors. Career psychology isn't as well known, but it's a fast, practical and strategic way to get impactful results on work-related...

Avoiding an online job scam – how to tell when an opportunity is legitimate

November 30, 2019
When a job seeker is new to the modern online job search, it can be hard for them to tell the difference between legitimate opportunities and job scams that look...

Working through addiction… while at work

November 16, 2019
Approximately twenty-two percent of Canadians will meet the criteria for addiction during their lifetime. This means that most of us will work with someone dealing with addiction ... even if...

Feeling pigeonholed and underestimated professionally? You’re not alone.

November 2, 2019
When we've been pigeonholed or underestimated at work it can be difficult to break free of the labels and perceived constraints. I understand that when contemplating a career change there...

Failure to launch because of workplace obstacles or resistance? How to take off in your career.

October 19, 2019
The fact that planes take off against the wind is an interesting metaphor for so many events in life. Getting new jobs, starting major projects, or making any meaningful change...

Q&A with Dr. Helen – Helping others improve their Careers and HR through an ‘AudioBlog’

October 5, 2019
Read or listen to Dr. Helen's 180+ AudioBlog articles designed to help you build a better career and/or a more productive and sustainable organization.

Back to life, back to reality … when we return to work without a smile

September 21, 2019
Each day there are countless people who will return to work after taking some much-needed time off for a summer ‘staycation’ or holiday. For many adults, including teachers and parents,...

High Stake Situations – Why do some people stumble while others shine?

September 7, 2019
The 2019 US Open tennis finals have me thinking about high stake scenarios. The other night, my partner was talking about the upcoming rematch between Canadian tennis player Bianca Andreescu...

Are you a workaholic … or is your job just too demanding?

August 11, 2019
These days, many of us work a lot of hours. It can be hard to know if we're overworked or a workaholic. There's a difference and it can affect our...

How Leaky Time Management Can Sink Your Ship

June 21, 2019
There’s no shortage of general articles about time management, but there’s far less advice around “time leakage,” especially as it applies to professionals who can't track all their time worked...

In the Past There was Moonlighting, Now it’s the Side Hustle

June 15, 2019
Although many people look down on the 'side hustle' there's plenty to admire. In this blog, I explain why a side hustle is a valuable career-building tool.

Scapegoats and the Glass Cliff: When Careers Get Derailed

June 8, 2019
Scapegoating and the glass cliff may sound like something made up or exaggerated. In this article, I’ll break down what these terms mean, who they affect and why.

Where Human Rights Meets Human Resources (Part 2)

May 25, 2019
In part two of this guest blog, Employment and Human Rights Lawyer Alayna Miller with Mann Lawyers uses current news stories and headlines to explain employers' human rights and human...

Where Human Rights Meets Human Resources (Part 1)

May 18, 2019
In part one of this two-part Q&A, Employment and Human Rights Lawyer Alayna Miller with Mann Lawyers uses current news stories and headlines to explain how human rights and human...

The Superwoman Syndrome, Even Harder than it Looks …

March 9, 2019
Recently, I was asked to speak at an International Women’s Day event that was being organized by Sigma Beta Phi Sorority (University of Ottawa). I was intrigued, I have not...

Returning to Work After an Absence is Common, So Why is it so Hard?

March 2, 2019
Intuitively, we all know that every single day someone is returning to the workforce after being at home. Regardless of what had them out of the workplace (e.g., maternity leave,...

The Power of a Growth Mindset

February 16, 2019
In this blog post, Dr. Helen explains the fixed vs growth mindset. She then explains the potential implications for success at work and fostering positive and productive workplaces.

Working from home … alone

November 24, 2018
In today’s world, we can do almost everything without leaving the comforts of our home.  There’s online shopping, therapy, advice and expertise, dining in courtesy of Uber Eats or Skip...

Dear Dr. Helen, how do I pick a career that’s just right for me?

November 17, 2018
Have you ever heard someone say, “I keep picking the wrong guy/girl”? What if we make similarly poor decisions when selecting our careers? Do we make unwise, impulsive choices when...

Positivity is your best action … take it to work

November 11, 2018
As an HR Consultant, Career Coach, and parent I try hard to make the best out of challenging situations. With that said, I agree that some things are hard to...

One More Reason to Take Care with Office Romance

September 1, 2018
It occurred to me while watching a rom-com recently that the office romance antics that go on in these movies could get a person in some serious hot water in...

Have you ever called in “sad?”

August 11, 2018
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...

Leaving a Toxic Job

August 4, 2018
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,...

Partying Hard? No Pictures Please: Social Media and Summer Fun

June 28, 2018
Whether you go away to a cottage or camping, or you’re in the city for fireworks, Canada Day often involves a lot of drinking and silliness too. If you’re career-minded,...

For Best Results, Network Sincerely

June 9, 2018
Network, network, network. You’ve probably heard over and over again about the importance of networking. For some people networking is a necessary evil, something like a chore. And to introverts,...

Corporate scapegoats and sacrificial lambs … what to do if you become one.

May 12, 2018
In this blog post, I will discuss corporate scapegoats or sacrificial lambs that sometimes fall victim to corporate psychopaths (or are just very unlucky) ... and more importantly how they...

Mothers Take Many Forms

May 5, 2018
Regardless of our stage of life or our gender, most of us need to build resilient careers so that they will provide a livelihood that helps us take care of...

Q&A with Dr. Helen – What You Need to Know About Reference Checks

January 20, 2018
In this article, Dr. Helen answers some frequently asked questions about the usefulness of the reference check and its relevance in the modern job search and hiring process. The job...