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Where’s the Best Place You Ever Worked?

Today I came across a couple of articles that got me thinking about the workplace and what makes us happy. The first was an oral history of a Toronto Canada landmark – a massive record store on Yonge Street called HMV. A Happy Place to Work HMV was my employer for 13 years and in […]

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Money Can’t Buy Happiness? Really?

‘Money can’t buy happiness.’ It’s an over-used cliche that came to mind this weekend while I was reading this article in the New York Times about the increase in use of food stamps. It’s a heartbreaking read about people who have worked hard and contributed their whole lives, but who now find themselves struggling due […]

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Are Big Words Better?

Do you prefer the word ‘reduced’ to the word ‘cut’? Given the choice, would you use “generated savings of…” or “saved”? I ask because recently I edited some website copy for someone who preferred big words to short ones and long, complex sentences to concise ones. I’m the opposite. I think simplicity is the key […]

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Where I Work – Chris Garrett

What does your desk say about you? Why is your office the way it is? How does it tie in with what you do for a living? I’m fascinated by people’s work spaces which is why I’m starting a regular feature to show where different people spend their days – and to chat with them […]

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These Are the Good Guys

This put a smile on my face: Dave Tiderman wondered if the decimal point was in the wrong place when he opened his $35,000 company bonus. Jose Rojas saw his $10,000 check and thought, “That can’t be right.” Valentin Dima watched co-workers breaking down in tears over their bonus checks and didn’t trust his emotions. […]

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