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Workplace harassment

BULLY, micromanager, narcissist, sociopath. All these terms describe the same thing: a psychopath, according to author and researcher David Gillespie. We tend to think of psychopaths as unfeeling, mindless murderers; the Hannibal Lecters and Norman Bates of the world, not people with jobs and families, or running businesses. In July …

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Sydney Mardi Gras

THERE’S no doubt Ashley Maxwell-Lam is a stylish dresser. With his blue suit, paisley tie and sunnies he looks every inch the city slicker as he struts through Sydney’s CBD to his financial services job high in a harbour-view skyscraper. But it’s when you look down that the eyebrows really …

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Teachers’ holiday entitlement

A LIBERAL MP has caused uproar by suggesting teachers should work more and take fewer holidays. Andrew Laming, the Federal MP for Bowman in Brisbane’s eastern suburbs, made the comments while criticising the breadth of school reforms proposed by David Gonski in his report on educational excellence, released on Monday. …

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Staying fit at work

GO TO any Australian city park in the early hours and it’s not unusual to see a fit looking Asian octogenarian or two putting themselves through the graceful paces of a Tai Chi session. But in many Asian cities, it’s not one or two people participating in early morning exercise …

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Benefits of workplace health and wellbeing programs

FUN workplace health and fitness programs not only improve staff wellbeing but boost company culture and attract new talent. SEEK research revealed more than a quarter of Australian workers (26.8 per cent) considered a positive culture important when choosing their next job and employer. This was particularly important among entry-level …

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Mental health and the cost to the economy

IT’S a problem we don’t like to talk about, that we find too embarrassing and complicated to confront head-on — and it’s costing the Australian economy an incredible $12 billion a year. From lower wages to higher taxes to a spiralling cost of living, mental health issues can be extraordinarily …

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Mental health at work

THE day Peter Kirwan sat his children down and admitted he wasn’t doing a good job as a parent was the hardest of his life. The Sydney firefighter’s decline was a slow one, which he traces back to the day he was injured in a fire truck collision and damaged …

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Workplace stress and suicide

MENTAL health issues are the leading cause of sickness absence and long-term work incapacity in Australia and the problem is driving people to suicide at an unprecedented rate. Eight Australians die by their own hand each day: six of them men. For every person who succeeds, there are another 30 …

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