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Yahoo! Inc Forces Employees To Commute To Office Every Day 6

Office worker in cubicle – Photo courtesy of redteam  As if to hasten its long demise, Yahoo! Inc has initiated a policy to force all of its employees to commute to the office each day. There is some irony in this policy; perhaps Yahoo! is reminiscing on its former glory days and decided to initiate ...

Paying Employees To Bike To Work 8

An Amsterdam businessman – Photo by Dawn Paley  How financial incentives can re-shape our cities and our behaviour for a better future. In North America, there are endless incentives that encourage us to drive our cars everywhere. From 0% interest financing on new cars, to unlimited travel car insurance, to significant government tax-breaks for leased ...

Frustration and Insomnia 2

I reserve the right to use the Urban Country as a place to vent my frustrations once every year. Tonight is that night. Being unable to get to sleep for the last hour, I feel like my mind is racing with hundreds of sheep jumping over fences and on top of each sheep is a ...

Greetings from Redmond! 6

If you didn’t already know, I’ve been in Redmond, Washington all week doing some top secret training at the Microsoft Headquarters, or the “Mothership” as my Microsoft buddy likes to call it. So far everyone has been very warm and friendly and helpful around here. Microsoft does an amazing job at keeping their employees happy. ...

Placid Nova Scotia 1

It’s been a while since I’ve written on The Urban Country. I spent last week settling into Halifax, Nova Scotia. For those of you who didn’t know, I’m working in Halifax until November on a work contract. I’ll normally be flying there on Sundays and returning on Fridays; while living out of a hotel during ...

Office Jerks 2

Ever worked in an office with an office jerk? I read an article today where they described 6 types of “office jerks”. The article didn’t describe these jerks well, so I’ve added my own commentary. 1. The Loud Phone-Talker – The loud phone talker thinks that the person on the opposite end of the phone ...

AHHHHHHHHHH!! 4

I think I’m going insane. This week is ridiculously busy for me. I’m going to use this website as an anger-outlet tonight, otherwise I might seriously injure myself or someone else. I’m working on a new project at work that is very demanding. Not a big deal though, I can handle that. It’s everything else ...

The Elevator Ride 4

The other day I was visiting a client’s office for a meeting. I took a taxi to the client’s building and upon arriving, I realized that my attire was not appropriate for meeting with a client. The clothes I wore were appropriate, but the fact that my shirt was un-tucked made me feel rather slobbish. ...

Work Life Balance 2

A lot of corporations talk about work life balance; but I find most of the time it’s all talk and no action. While working for a large corporation for over 5 years, I recall them talking to us on an annual basis about work life balance. It always seemed to be on the agenda simply ...

Blackberry benefit also its downfall

A recent study has found that more than 77 percent of executives surveyed find that being connected to mobile devices for work enhances their work-life balance rather than impede it. On one hand, using mobile devices for work gives you the ability to do your work from home or on the road, increasing the amount ...