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Canadian companies say there’s a shortage of skilled workers, but are they investing in training? (Shutterstock)

Is Canada’s skills shortage real, or are businesses to blame?

Canadian firms say there's a dire shortage of skilled workers. But recent studies suggest they're not investing in training, apparently expecting universities to train their employees for them.
President Donald Trump reacts before speaking at a recent rally in Arizona. Trump, a politician who came from the business world, is facing intense criticism about his leadership abilities. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

In the Trump age, is the word ‘leadership’ meaningless?

Is it time to put a moratorium on the meaningless word 'leadership?' In the business world, leadership now often simply means performing mundane managerial duties.
In the seventeenth century lawyers, civil servants and other new professionals began to work from offices in Amsterdam, London and Paris. British Museum/Flickr

A short history of the office

The history of the office illustrates not only how our work has changed but also how work's physical spaces respond to cultural, technological and social forces.
Healthcare workers tend to think that women are better than men at the job and that there is a bias in favour of women. Julian Smith/AAP

Gender quotas can work but it depends on how employees feel about them

The effect of gender quotas on an organisation's performance depends on employee's attitude towards quotas, which in turn depends on the labour market environment.
The fact is that romance will kindle at work, but there are things employers and employees can and should do to manage these situations. www.shutterstock.com

Where the boundaries lie in workplace relationships

Faced with the reality that romance will kindle at work, here are some things employers and employees can do to manage these situations.
Experts over time continue to disagree on what is the best email etiquette. www.shutterstock.com

To smiley face or not: the complexity of email etiquette

As a part of human interaction, emails are as nuanced and complex as the social world we find them, and it is unlikely that we can rely on a checklist of quick-fix rules.
With the intensity of competition across many industries, financial institutions such as ANZ need to be agile and respond to changes quickly to maintain business. Mal Fairclough/AAP

The agile working style started in tech but it could work for banks

The agile working style was originally designed by tech companies for efficiency in software development but now one of Australia's big four banks wants to implement this.
Neil Gorsuch signs the constitutional oath after Chief Justice Roberts administered it in a private ceremony on April 10. Franz Jantzen/Public Information Office Supreme Court of the U.S. via AP

What Gorsuch’s conservative Supreme Court means for workers

With Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the high court, conservatives regain their 5-4 majority, which will likely benefit employers over workers.

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