Mindfulness: An Introduction

Once upon a time, it was possible to sit quietly and do nothing. It might only be for a moment but it happened on a semi-regular basis while we were waiting for things like public transport, medical appointments, our turn in the bank queue and other, pre-smartphone activities. It might sound quaint and very old-fashioned … Read more

Do You Chase Work-Life Balance Or Work-Life Boundaries?

While it’s an admirable goal, chasing work-life balance can often result in heightened feelings of inadequacy or pressure because it’s so elusive. If that’s the case, how do we feel good about the way we distribute our time? Research published by Organisational Dynamics Journal suggests we set work-life boundaries instead of striving for work-life balance. … Read more

Managing Mental Health Conditions At Work

Whether it’s a physical or a mental health problem, sufferers will experience good days and bad days. As an employer, you like to see your staff happy and productive. But when that’s a bit of a struggle, there are simple ways you can support your staff. Here are 3 suggestions. Recognise Everyone Works Differently Some … Read more

The Last Word On Workplace Bullying

Like many victims of abuse, your staff will probably be reluctant to report any episodes of bullying behaviour. One of their biggest concerns will be that they won’t be believed or their career prospects will be damaged if they report a workplace bully.  This situation is made worse in smaller organisations where there are very … Read more

Are You Guilty Of Making An Ill-Informed Diagnosis?

One of the unfortunate consequences of becoming more aware of mental health issues is our willingness to label people inappropriately. For example: – The person who is careful about their work and likes to check it thoroughly is labelled Compulsive – The person who quickly tires of an in-depth discussion are branded ADHD – The … Read more

Tips And Tactics To Handle Workplace Bullying

Bullying behaviour can be directed at a single person within an organisation or a number of workers at the same time. It generates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation which will lead to lost productivity, reduced self-confidence and health issues for the victim/s of the bullying. As a business owner or manager, it’s important you … Read more

Bullying And Mental Health Are Intertwined

Workplace bullies tend to be smart and very conscious of their actions. It’s rare to have witnesses or a paper trail so it can be difficult to prove that bullying behaviour has occurred. But the consequences for the victim can be substantial and, as an employer, you have a duty of care to ensure the … Read more

How Do You Recognise A Troubled Staff Member?

While attitudes towards discussing mental health issues are changing, a survey of 3,500 employees found less than half (47%) would discuss their mental health issues with their manager. With depression, anxiety and substance abuse so common amongst Australian workers, it means line managers are potentially managing difficult issues without any prior knowledge of a worker’s … Read more

Do Employees Receive Sick Pay If They Miss An Overtime Shift?

It happens all the time. A staff member agrees to work overtime and then gets sick. That leaves the tricky question of “Are they entitled to receive sick pay?” The short answer is yes. The employee is entitled to receive sick pay if they have agreed to work additional hours as overtime but are too … Read more

10 Steps To Recruiting The Best Candidate For Your Business

The reality is, recruiting new staff is a highly personal process. Not only does the successful candidate need to have a particular skill set (or the ability to quickly acquire certain skills). You also need a new employee to fit the culture and interpersonal dynamics of your team or workplace. But this leaves employers potentially … Read more