Thursday, August 26, 2010

Taken from

Ten Things Your Employees Wish You Knew About Them

BY FC Expert Blogger Roberta Matuson

Mon Aug 23, 2010

If you think it's tough being a manager these days, try being an employee. Most are in the position of having to go with the flow because of the current economic conditions. But that doesn't necessarily mean they do so with a smile on their face. Here are ten things your employees wish you knew about them:

1. They are happy to have a job. But that doesn't necessarily mean they are happy in their job. Big difference. People who are happy in their jobs act a lot different than those grateful to have a job. They are highly engaged and will do whatever it takes to delight the customer. The other group simply floats along praying for the day they can tell you really what they are thinking. Most likely they will do this as they hand in their notice. That is if they even give notice.

2. You're not the boss of me. My five year old used to say this to me all the time. That is until I corrected her by telling her that actually I was the boss of her and that what I said goes. You may be the boss, but you don't own your people. The minute you start playing the, "Because I said so" card, you've lost the game.

3. Your girls don't like being called girls. I remember how shocked I was when my first client started speaking to me about the girls in the office, as he pointed to a sea of silver haired women. That should have been a sign that the problem was right in front of me. It is disrespectful to call females over the age of 18 girls. They are women. Keep this in mind when referring to female employees or you'll soon find yourself managing a team consisting of yourself. Then you'll be free to reference yourself in the manner that best suits you.

4. We are no longer going to take one for the team. That is after the senior team has just awarded the departing CEO an exit package that certainly could have been used to restore salary cuts.

5. We are tired of picking up the slack from the non-performers. We know who is not pulling their weight and so do you. Do something about it before we throw ourselves on top of the dead weight pile.

6. That was our idea you just shared with the CEO. We understand that tough times call for tough measures, but that doesn't give you the right to take credit for something that is not yours. Now go back in there and give us the credit we are due.

7. Measure us on results, not face time. Stop penalizing us for our ability to get work done quickly or we will give you what you want. More face time, and that's about it.

8. Stop wasting our time with surveys. You already know what's wrong. Now start fixing things before we find a work place that is willing to take action.

9. Stop micromanaging us. Micromanagement is a sign of mistrust. You've hired us for a reason. If you don't trust we'll get the job done then by all means, either find people who you think will, or leave us alone to do our jobs.

10. We are never going to act like business owners. Stop complaining that we don't act like business owners. We are not business owners nor are we compensated the same as the owner. And by the way, if we really wanted to act like owners we would have started our own businesses.

I'm sure there is a lot more your employees wish you knew about them. Perhaps they'll be brave enough to add their comments to this list.

Roberta Chinsky Matuson is the President of Human Resource Solutions and author of the forthcoming book, Suddenly in Charge! Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around (Nicholas Brealey, January 2011). Visit Roberta's Blog on the Generations at Work or her Linked-in Group Suddenly in Charge! Sign up to receive a complimentary subscription to Roberta's monthly newsletter, HR Matters

I want to go to there.

That's one big lobster.

Free Stuff

I totally got this free scent set at Sephora today as a part of Benefit's promotion of their new line. I LOVE FREE STUFF!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


We drove all the way to the north end to get this suitcase from someone off kijiji but it turned out to be moth eaten and smelly inside. It took some nice pictures though :)

Backyard Happenings August 2010

Happy 5th Anniversary!

Darryl and celebrated our fifth anniversary on August 20, 2010. We went for supper to Characters and then camping for a three day weekend out to Rocky Mountain House. My parents very graciously pulled their camper out for us so that we could have shelter from the rain and smoke that seemed to have settled on us. We went hot tubbing, went for a walk around Twin Lakes and saw some beautiful scenery and enjoyed some time relaxing. Summer has gone SO fast that it was nice to get away one last time this year. Happy anniversary my love - I don't know what I'd do without you.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Victoria's Secret opens in Edmonton

Darryl and I hit up West Edmonton Mall tonight to take in some shopping. Among the few stores we visited was the new Victoria's Secret & PINK store.

Now, as a Canadian I've always been told of the superiority of VS products, so I was really excited to have the chance to check out this mega store for myself.

Truth be told, however, I was really disappointed. Most of the lingerie was similar if not identical to that found at La Senza with one major difference - the price! There were no sales or promotions, and despite that the store was INSANE. They had bouncer-type men at the front of the store in black suits and sunglasses moderating the number of people allowed in at one time and I found that somewhat off puting also. The only think that I could see as an advantage that this store has is their lotions and scents, although La Senza carries a great deal of those too now that they were bought out.

I would say that it's worth a look if you're in the neighborhood, but don't go out of your way to visit this store or you'll be disappointed.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Dog Park with the Radkes

We had the great pleasure of hitting up Terwilliger dog park last night with Nick, Haley, and Lucy the dog. Muffin and Lucy got along like gangbusters and we enjoyed a stroll through the swarms of mosquitoes in the beautiful river valley.


My pretty puppy

Mama's Got a Brand New Bag

I recently became obsessed with finding a vintage carry on for when we go on vacation next month. After much garage sale-ing, kijiji-ing, and antique store shopping, I settled on this 1960's Flight Attendant carry on from TransCanada Airlines (the predecessor to Air Canada). It's in great shape, the lining is entirely unspoiled, and I got it for a steal of a deal at the Antique Mall on Whyte Avenue and Calgary Trail (which, btw, is the place I would furnish my entire house with if my husband would allow it.) I've also got a lead on a carry-on suitcase from someone but whether it comes through or not is purely speculative at the moment. Yay for vintage!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Camping at Wilderness Villiage

I went out to Wilderness Villiage this past weekend camping with my folks because Darryl had to work on Saturday (I may be a bad wife, I'll admit).
I had such an awesome time of rest and renewal, got to play some games with my folks, and they even took me to the petting zoo. It was quite chilly in the evenings, and on Saturday night we could easily see our beath as we walked around outside. The pool was very steamy as were the hot tubs, but I was nice and cozy in my little tent.
I haven't used this tent since our first year of marriage - it definately only fits one person comfortably. I also forgot how to assemble it, and that proved problematic. All's well that ends well, however, and I got it up despite the pouring rain.
The Bat Cave (as Andy has dubbed it)

I'm being a donkey, if you can't tell.

Mini Ponies

Cute Goat who tried to eat my sleeve

A Zeeboo

Giant Red Kangaroo hiding in his house
Bunny snuggles

Ugly Emu who tried to bite me

Steamy Pool Side

Is Your Doctor Drunk on Facebook?

Is Your Doctor Drunk on Facebook?

BY Jenara Nerenberg, Mon Aug 9, 2010

Borrowed from (

Medical students may need to study Facebook Privacy 101.
Facebook privacy concerns just hit a whole new level with the result of a recent study and a hospital horror story that suggests far too much information is made public on the Facebook pages of those to whom you entrust your life and health.

First came the story of William Wells, who arrived at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, California on April 9 severely wounded. He died, but not before nurses could post pics of him on Facebook. Four staffers were fired, three disciplined, but none of the nurses involved were let go, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Almost equally alarming are some of the photos doctors post of themselves. The new study indicates that 46% of the recent medical school graduates in the study had public photos showing them drinking alcohol and 10% had public photos of them intoxicated. Questions, naturally, are now being raised over appropriate boundaries for doctors on Facebook.

But is the greater lesson here that doctors, like lawyers and judges, should be instructed in how to properly use social networking sites, including how to adjust privacy settings? With the very trusted role that doctors play in patients’ lives and the excess of private information available on the Web, it seems pertinent that Facebook management courses become mandatory in medical school.

Lest more people turn out like poor William Wells.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Alberta Jokes

Here's what Jeff Foxworthy (American comedian) has to say about Albertans:

If your local Dairy Queen is closed from September through May, you livein Alberta.

If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don'twork there, you live in Alberta.

If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you live in Alberta.

If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed awrong number, you live in Alberta.

If "Vacation" means going anywhere south of Edmonton for the weekend,you live in Alberta.

If you measure distance in hours, you live in Alberta.

If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you livein Alberta.

If you have switched from "heat" to "air conditioning" and back again inthe same day, you live in Alberta.

If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzardwithout flinching, you live in Alberta

If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave bothunlocked, you live in Alberta.

If you carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them,you live in Alberta .

If you design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, youlive in Alberta.

If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled withsnow, you live in Alberta.

If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and roadconstruction, you live in Alberta.

If you have more miles on your snow blower than your car, you live inAlberta.

If you find 10 degrees Fahrenheit "a little chilly", you live in Alberta.If you actually understand these jokes, you live in Alberta.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

from the New York Times, Thursday, August 5, 2010

Paws and Tails Welcome at a Disney Resort

Things seem to just keep getting better for pets. First came dog purses and pet day spas, then came catios – patios for cats. Now there is even travel tailored to dogs.But Best Friends Pet Care is taking pet travel to new heights — and excess — with a 50,000-square-foot resort at Walt Disney World in Florida for your four-legged friend.

Starting Aug. 27, while you and your family are cheering on Mickey and friends in the morning parade, your dog or cat can watch television on a raised bed in one of the V.I.P. suites ($69 to $76 a night) and your dog can attend day camp in one of the two 1,100-square-foot “camp rooms” that open onto a yard or frolic in the 1,300-square-foot water park.

Rabbits, ferrets and other pets (except for reptiles and primates) can join in the fun with accommodations that range from $12 to $23 depending on size. The resort offers 270 rooms for dogs (standard rooms are $37; $34 for Disney resort guests’ pets) and 30 for cats ($40; $36 for resort guests) with service upgrades ($35 to $39) that include cuddle time and bedtime stories with staff, members bottled water and treats like cookies and milk or tuna on a Ritz. For your pet, of course, not for you.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Heritage Day and Beyond

Relaxing on the patio

Old Fort

Jail Cell

Street Car
To celebrate Heritage Day, Darryl and I made history (get it?) and went to Fort Edmonton Park on Monday. We had such an awesome time, enjoyed the beautiful weather, and each others' company. Here are some pictures of their awesome facility.