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The Balance Between Worry and Work: It’s a Work in Progress

April 3, 2020 |
Mother working from home

Working from home has always been my dream. I imagined how wonderful it would be to have more time to carve out a work-life balance. No commuting would mean extra time to cook more nutritious meals, exercise every day, and be more productive as I focused on my work without interruption. For many people, including myself, remote work is a new, unexpected reality as we practice social distancing. Not surprisingly, working from home is falling short of my expectations due to the current circumstances. The dream did not include: constantly…

How to Work from Home When You Don’t Work from Home

March 27, 2020 |

I have been working from home for years and it has been through that time that I set up parameters for myself. I am not a “set in stone” schedule person but I do have guidelines that help keep me focused. For those of you who are just entering the work from home territory and are struggling, it is OK. I’d hazard a guess that your colleagues are also struggling. I will share some of my early learnings, as well as tips shared by others, that may help you settle…

7 Ways to Survive and Thrive During These Challenging Times

March 25, 2020 |
home-based career services business

Janet Barclay is Career Professionals of Canada’s Technology Manager and a website designer. In this post, she offers small business owners helpful tips for coping with a variety of challenges presented by the current coronavirus crisis. 1) Work Remotely Working face-to-face with clients will not be feasible for the next few weeks. If you offer virtual services, that’s great — you already have a foundation in place. Let the clients you normally meet in person know that they have this option until social distancing is no longer required. If you…

COVID-19: Get the Employer’s Edge over 2019 Novel Coronavirus

March 13, 2020 |
COVID-19 Coronavirus

Employers owe legal obligations to their clients, customers, the public, and of course their employees. At the same time, employers also have certain rights that are closely related to their responsibilities. The coronavirus has led employers to seek information regarding their rights and responsibilities in this exceptional climate. As always, employers should #ASKCCPartners! Here are a few questions that our lawyers have been answering recently in light of public concern over COVID-19: 1. Can we require our employees to advise us if they have COVID-19? Employers are not entitled to…

Turn Networking Connections into Meaningful Relationships

February 21, 2020 |
Turn networking connections into meaningful relationships

Recently I was looking through the CPC calendar of upcoming events and the topic of the April tele-networking session caught my eye: How can CPC members turn long-distance networking into real relationships? Networking is something I am passionate about, both in the work I do with clients and personally. I enjoy coaching on new strategies for networking and exploring them myself. What I enjoy the most is turning my networking connections into meaningful relationships. I started writing this post for my website’s blog, but then I realized that the steps…

Career Practitioners: Know Your Value and Charge What You Deserve

January 31, 2020 |

Self-employment is both challenging and rewarding, and for career practitioners who, like me, make the giant leap to start our own private practice, setting fees for our services can be a struggle. We have this fear of charging too low because we are just starting out or charging too high because we are comparing our fees with those of our competitors. Most times, we encounter the “imposter syndrome” monster who tells us we are not qualified or experienced enough, which results in us undervaluing ourselves and charging too little. Another…