Having a bad boss can make your work life a misery, but it can also make you sick, both physically and mentally, researchers say.
"The evidence is clear that the leadership qualities of 'bad' bosses over time exert a heavy toll on employees' health," says Jonathan D. Quick, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and a co-author of the book "Preventive Stress Management in Organisations."
I visited a potential client at its state office this week. The business no longer has a receptionist, so visitors ring the buzzer and wait for an employee to let them in. Ten minutes later a stressed-out staff member let me in and our meeting started late.
I'm sure the beancounters in the company's interstate headquarter are chuffed admin staff have been axed. They may not realise keeping clients waiting, and disrupting staff who have to open the door, costs more in the long run than the small salary saved.
Campaigners for pay equity are celebrating a "slam dunk" after the court dismissed an appeal against a case that could raise the wages of thousands of women across the country.
The question about whether women should be paid the same as similarly-skilled men in different industries was heard by the Court of Appeal in February.
Decades ago Dolly Parton warned us that "workin' nine to five is no way to make a livin". Yet for all the rhetoric about flexibility, most businesses still value the "butts in seats" mentality of a full working day in the office.
Are we rusted on to tradition or is it possible to break out of the nine-to-five straitjacket and let staff work where they want, when they want?
Readers may have been alerted to the $40,000 awarded to a television and aerial technician after he was discriminated against because of his religious beliefs.
The Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination on many grounds including sex, race, ethnic or national origin, disability and age. The prohibition applies whether the person is in employment or not.
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