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The Matter of Mental illness – Workplace Discrimination

After having recently written and lodged to the Human Rights Commission two complaints of discrimination for  previous colleagues of mine who live with mental illness, I admit to feeling a little upset. What am I upset about? On reflection it bothers me the discrimination was not a one off incident, there was clearly an abuse …

Why do we get stressed at Christmas?

For many of us, Christmas is not the season of joy and happiness that we expect it will be. While the celebrations and festivities often abound, there is an enormous amount of pressure that accompanies these. Pressure to appear happy, relaxed and joyful. Pressure to spend more than we can afford. Pressure to get extra …

Outdated Workplace Beliefs

Let’s start by defining beliefs versus values…  Beliefs are simply thoughts- thoughts about the way the world “should’, “ought to” or “must” be. For example men should take the garbage bins out and women should clean the house. Might work for you but doesn’t work for me! On the other hand our values are a …

The Significance of Grief!

Understanding Grief We have all felt sad from time to time, but there are different types of sadness. Sometimes we feel ‘down’. Other times we may let disappointment turn into sadness. Sometimes we feel detached from the world in an ‘I don’t care’ kind of sadness. Others of us may feel the full force of …

Why do we avoid workplace conflict?

The very word ‘conflict’ can make many of us flinch. Conflict can be confronting for most of us, particularly in the workplace. However, most of us will experience workplace conflict at some point in our lives. Conflict in the workplace has been described as “a pervasive organisational problem that affects employees’ work and interactions”. It …

The Interplay between resilience and stress

What is resilience? Have you ever noticed some people deal with difficult situations better than others? Some people fall apart at the first hint of trouble, while others carry on despite whatever is thrown at them. The ability to ‘bounce back’ or adapt in the face of adversity is called ‘resilience’. It’s not a talent …

Workplace Bullying: Why does it continue?

Workplace bullying: Why does it continue? Despite laws against workplace bullying, a 2012 report by Safe Work Australia found the rates of workplace bullying in Australian workplaces are significantly higher than international rates. A survey of 5,743 workers from six states and territories found that almost seven per cent of workers had experienced workplace bullying …

The Problem with Quick Fixes

We’re used to getting things almost instantly. Texting has replaced more time-consuming conversations, online shopping has replaced shopping in an actual store, and fast food has replaced home-cooking. Unfortunately, convenience at our fingertips has turned us into a society geared towards a ‘quick fix’. ‘Quick fixes’ sound promising, but they really don’t last. Nor do …

Is stinking thinking keeping you awake at Night?

I am always surprised by how many heads nod in agreement when I ask a room full of people, how many of you do your best thinking as soon as you put your head on the pillow at night? The activities of a hectic day, an upsetting event, worrying about the future, perhaps noting all …

Hospitals- An outdated hierarchical culture

What an organisation states its work environment to be and what it really is can be considerably different!!! For example the culture of hospitals…I have recently contributed a chapter in a new health professional textbook. Its focus is on patient safety and the need for inter-professional communication and collaboration to prevent unnecessary deaths and mishaps, and …