Author Archives: Colleen Clarke

My male colleagues are being paid more, and I’m not sure where to turn

Globe and Mail

Things are not always what they seem. Before you get concerned about what you deem to be injustices in the workplace, have all your facts, do your homework, then take action. Colleen Clarke Nine To Five: Special to The Globe and Mail, Published Sunday, October 11, 2015 THE QUESTION I am a visible-minority female working […]

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My company paid for my move. What valid business reason can I give them to move back?

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Nine To Five: Special to The Globe and Mail, Published Sunday, September 6, 2015 THE QUESTION A few months ago, I relocated from [one part of the country to another]. My company paid for the move because most of my team members were in the other location. It was my decision to move. However, now […]

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My sales territory has been cut. What rights do I have?

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Nine To Five: Special to The Globe and Mail, Published Sunday, August 17, 2015 THE QUESTION I sell and renew memberships for a large association. Last year I had several hundred members to look after and my membership total (after renewals, cancellations, new sales, and those that went out of business) ended up being one […]

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Help: My colleague acts as though she’s the boss

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Nine To Five: Special to The Globe and Mail, Published Sunday, July 12, 2015 THE QUESTION I work at a technology company and have a difficult time working with my colleague. We’re team leads who need to interact to do our jobs. We got off on the wrong foot when I started three years ago, […]

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Webinar: Developing Your Successful Mindset

13, 752 Chartered Professional Accountants, and friends and colleagues, signed up to listen in on my webinar today called, “Developing Your Successful Mindset.” That many people must know a thing or two! Register for the free one hour webinar, without being a CPA Canada member, and hear about changing your life with positive thoughts, verbiage […]

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My job is nothing like what was promised to me

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Nine To Five: Special to The Globe and Mail, Published Sunday, May 24, 2015 THE QUESTION I’ve been in my job for four months. After completing my masters in engineering, I was excited about getting this job right away. But after two months, I realized everything I was told in the interview about my role […]

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It’s all about the holograms

Focus2040 student competition offers glimpse of working world in decades to come By Colleen Clarke Have you ever wondered what the working world will look like in the future? It’s something that never really crossed my mind over my career. That’s because, until recently, change seemed to occur in workplaces gradually and without much fervor. […]

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My attempt to climb the ladder backfired

Globe and Mail

Nine To Five: Special to The Globe and Mail, Published Sunday, April 12, 2015 THE QUESTION I was trying to move up at work and asked my boss whether I could supervise clerical staff. He approved, but the staff did not want to be supervised and went to human resources. HR then said I couldn’t […]

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I’m worried about a reference. Should I ask her what she’ll say?

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Nine To Five: Special to The Globe and Mail, Published Sunday, March 13, 2015 THE QUESTION I am about to be interviewed for a great job at a company I really want to work for. This is a large organization with 5,000-plus employees, so I will be dealing with recruiters to start. However, I am […]

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Interviewing Success After Being Fired

I have been fired more than once in my life. Little did I know at the time that those experiences would help make me a more understanding, empathetic and wise career consultant in my 5th incarnation. While on a job interview after my last firing the interviewer knew I had been ‘let go.’ He was […]

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My boss kept quiet when HR took a dig at me

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Nine To Five: Special to The Globe and Mail, Published Sunday, January 18, 2015 THE QUESTION A human resources manager made a passing comment to me the other day that he and the CEO had been talking and were wondering if I still worked for the company as they didn’t see anything happening. I am […]

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Am I ready to take on a ‘stretch’ role?

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NINE TO FIVE, Special to The Globe and Mail – Published Sunday, Nov. 30 2014 THE QUESTION My company has offered me a new position, what I’d call a bit of a “stretch” role. It’s somewhat similar to what I do now but in an entirely different area of the company where, while I have […]

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Introverts Rock …Quietly

Workopolis

Yin and yang, black and white, introvert and extravert. The world needs balance. For every chatterbox there needs to be a listener. For every calm, reserved person there needs to be an enthusiast. The personality dichotomy of introversion or extraversion accounts for 36% of your personality makeup. It is true and noteworthy that everyone possesses […]

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Is a paid trip a vacation if you have to work?

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NINE TO FIVE, Special to The Globe and Mail – Published Sunday, Oct. 26 2014 THE QUESTION My friend works at a travel agency. Part of her job is to accompany about 25 clients on an annual cruise. She is responsible for ensuring the clients, many of whom are elderly, have the correct documentation, get […]

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I had a bad experience with an employment agency. Should I go back?

Globe and Mail

Nine To Five: Special to The Globe and Mail, Published Sunday, September 5th, 2014 THE QUESTION I have been searching for work for a month, since the end of my most recent job, with no success — not even an interview. This lack of positive results has absolutely convinced me that I must return to […]

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I’m new and my supervisor is quitting

Globe and Mail

Nine To Five: Special to The Globe and Mail, Published Sunday, August 10th, 2014 THE QUESTION I’ve been at my job for six weeks — and my supervisor just announced he’s quitting. It could take months to hire a replacement. What’s the best way to handle this? My supervisor resigned because of family priorities, not […]

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My husband’s boss has mentally quit her business

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Nine To Five: Special to The Globe and Mail, Published Sunday, July 13th, 2014 THE QUESTION My spouse is a pharmacist. The retail pharmacy where he works was originally owned by two partners, a man and a woman. The male partner, who retired last year, was intensely dedicated to the business and the job. The […]

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Boys will be boys: And you shouldn’t have to put up with it

Workopolis

This reader shows us how important it is to keep your eyes open at work and to monitor the goings on around you. Be careful not to take bad behaviour for granted or expect that it is acceptable because someone with a title is doing the deeds!

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Why personal branding matters now

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Workopolis: Career Resources: May 18, 2014 Today more than any other time in the history of the industrialized world, it is important for employed and unemployed people to take control of developing, establishing and managing a Personal Brand. A Personal Brand allows all that is strong and effective about your personal and professional style to […]

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Kevin O’Leary, Donald Trump, Simon Cowell How reality TV has created a bunch of real-world jerks (and how to fix them)

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Toxic reality TV big wigs are creating incivility and disrespect in workplaces throughout North America. Find out how and what corporations and managers need to do to back on track according to David Posen, MD, in his book, Is Work Killing You? Recent research indicates that incivility and workplace abuse is on the rise. One […]

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