Give Your Career a Sporting Chance in 2008

    TORONTO, Jan. 2 /CNW/ - Does your skill set resemble that of a biathlete
or a hockey skater? Do you thrive on risk - like a skeleton competitor - or
prefer more of a routine, like a long track speed skater? While New Years
resolutions options are virtually limitless, Workopolis recommends focusing
your attention on career goals and charting a personal growth path, much like
elite athletes do while preparing for competition.
    "Whether the goal is a promotion or a medal, the same level of focus,
goal setting and hard work is required," said Patrick Sullivan, President,
Workopolis. "The new year is an opportune time to look ahead and analyze
what's important in your career. You're fresh from the holidays and having
some time off usually gives people a different perspective of their workplace,
both in terms of how it fits in with who they are and what they have to
    Workopolis recently asked Canadians to name the Olympic sport that best
corresponds to their jobs. So, while we fancy ourselves a world power in
hockey, from a work perspective, our best medal prospects rest in biathlon
with a third of Canadian workers (35 per cent) indicating that multi-tasking
is a big part of their jobs.

    Resolve to Get in the Game at Work This Year

    Patrick Sullivan believes there are many parallels that can be drawn
between elite level athletes in competition and workers looking to excel on
the job. Patrick is available this week to offer insight on how to achieve new
personal bests at work this year.

    Ask him:
    -   Why should career goals top your list of New Years resolutions?
    -   Why is a competitive mindset so important to career success?
    -   What sport did Canadians say their jobs most resemble?
    -   Whose skills are more prized in today's workforce? The ski jumper or
        the biathlete?

    About the poll: The poll was conducted by Harris/Decima between
December 13th and December 17th, 2007 via a national omnibus telephone survey
among a representative sample of 599 working adult Canadians. The margin of
error is +/- 4%, 19 times out of 20.

For further information:

For further information: Amy Davidson, Environics Communications, (416)

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