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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Sliding multi-purpose units transform small Madrid apartment

There are many creative ways to make living space appear larger and to give it more functionality. Clever decor and some well-chosen multi-purpose furniture can go a long way to giving a space greater flexibility and livability. Designers often advise those who live in smaller spaces to use smaller furniture, and less of it. Mirrors are good for creating the illusion of more space. And in some cases, as in this intriguing concept from a Spanish architectural firm, the living space is literally transformed into different configurations, with very little effort, judging by appearances. Called the All I Own House, the design, which was constructed in an actual single-story house ... Read More »

You’ve got to keep the customer satisfied

“Our goal is to exceed your expectations.” How many times have you seen those pious-sounding words in some company’s advertising or website? They are everywhere. They are what may politely be called a marketing cliché, and what may be less politely represented by two initials, the first of which is “b”. With every business from car dealerships to law firms to nursing homes to manufacturers of semiconductors claiming to want to exceed our expectations, it must follow that consumers everywhere are exceedingly well satisfied. Why, then, do only 2 per cent of Canadian consumers say that the companies they have dealt with exceeded their expectations? What’s more, why do so ... Read More »

Liebherr refrigerator named best for condos

Well-known Liebherr refrigerators and other appliances have won many awards for excellence, design and innovation. One distinction that could be of particular interest to condo owners is the latest: the Liebherr CS 1360 24-inch refrigerator and freezer tower was named Best Apartment Refrigerator of 2014 by In a statement about the honour, Liebherr says that the refrigerator fits the need for “compact refrigeration” in urban areas such as condos, while “maintaining an element of luxury.” The luxury is in the design and stainless steel finish, but more importantly, the CS 1360 has the refrigeration features to make it a smart choice. For example, its DuoCooling creates “optimal conditions” in ... Read More »

Bullying at work an uncomfortable reality for many

Is your boss a bully or just a person with a very forceful management style, a difficult person to get along with? Does a certain co-worker engage in psychological violence against you, or do the two of you merely have personality conflict? Almost half of Canadians think they have been bullied at work, according to a Harris Poll done for, and most say it’s the boss doing the bullying. The bullying has been so bad for some that they have had to quit their jobs. Of those who said they had been victims, a quarter said that the bullying was going on in their current positions. But what do ... Read More »

Shopping when you’re supposed to be working? At least be discreet!

Ever wonder what the guy or gal staring fixedly into the monitor screen at the reception desk, office cubicle or service counter is looking at with such deep interest? In the old days, when all we had on our desks was a typewriter, office workers couldn’t really hide anywhere. If a boss walked by and the typist wasn’t typing, questions would be asked. Nowadays, who knows what workers are really up to? As it happens, CIOs know, and they don’t necessarily like what they know. A lot of the time, we’re not doing what we’re paid to do. An annual survey of CIOs in Canadian and American companies by Robert ... Read More »

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