In the space of a year, Sheila went from being on the A-list at work to being isolated, singled out for criticism and branded as “trouble.” Like most targets of workplace bullying, the 45-year-old university instructor did not immediately realize she was facing a concerted campaign of emotional abuse by her superiors, women she once trusted and considered friends and mentors.
Looming challenges threatening some of our top sectors have forced British Columbians to confront a number of questions. Will traffic gridlock shut down Lower Mainland transportation? Will we have to remember our credit cards when we visit the hospital? Will B.C. still have a forestry industry after all the beetle-killed...
When Tim Sjogren arrived in Whistler in 1998, jobs were tight and accommodation even tighter. The second-year ski instructor spent the winter sleeping on a friend’s couch and juggling two jobs: teaching skiing by day and stocking shelves at a local grocery store at night. And Sjogren had it good. He remembers seeing people standing on the side of the road, begging.
In 10 to 20 years, the Vancouver workplace will be guided as much by today’s emerging ethical priorities as by new technology. The upcoming generation of leaders will place ethics and sustainability at the top of their list of priorities, alongside revenue and profits. As for technology, the convergence of computers and telephones will be seamless, smart buildings will be the norm and intelligent robots will be so commonplace that they may finally disappear from futurists’ projections.
Other lists show similar results: look at the 100 biggest companies in the province (July 2006), and you might find one or two female CEOs. Check any national publication’s list of fastest-growing, most influential, top-paid or top-performing companies or individuals...
Considering an extreme career makeover? You’re not alone: according to the Canadian Federal Labour Standards Review Commission, most Canadians will have about three careers and eight jobs over their lifetime. And given the current labour shortage, there’s no better time to start exploring your options. So take a deep breath and follow this advice from the experts on how to pull off a career U-turn.