Olympics – two sides of the same coin …

Picture two different women competing in the Australian team at the recent Athens Olympics. The first had the misfortune to injure herself a few weeks prior to competition. She had surgery & vowed to compete in the games. Jan Pitman ran in the 400m hurdles at the Games, but she came 5th largely due to her recent knee surgery. Her response to the disappointment? ” … Continue reading Olympics – two sides of the same coin …

Union Safe: News: Killer Clutter – 25 June 2004

Killer Clutter – 25 June 2004: “Cluttered desks, poor posture and hours spent in front of a computer are damaging the health of office staff, with increasing numbers suffering Irritable Desk Syndrome.” I just knew it. Sitting at your desk all day is bad for you! Meetings, on the other hand, are good for you. There is the exercise you get on the way to and … Continue reading Union Safe: News: Killer Clutter – 25 June 2004

Business Evolutionist: The Origins of Unengaged Employees

The Origins of Unengaged Employees has quite an interesting take on employee engagement, but I’m not sure that I agree completely. Engagement is all about feeling like you are a part of something bigger and more meaningful than yourself alone. When I’ve been engaged at work it has all been as a result of non-tangible things like leadership, vision and teamwork. But often this has happened … Continue reading Business Evolutionist: The Origins of Unengaged Employees

More on Women, housework & the 21st century

My post the other day on this topic revealed my complete ignorance of house & home magazines (this deficiency in my reading was kindly pointed out in a recent comment). I have rushed to the store to get hold of a bunch of womens’ magazines and have been reading them with a critical eye for ‘housework mania‘ inducing words and imagery. Well I must confess … Continue reading More on Women, housework & the 21st century

Women, housework & the 21st century

It is astonishing that many women in the west still seem to be obsessed with housework and cleaning in spite of the advances women have made in the past 100 years. A recent series of visits to various online women’s groups (that are ostensibly about something else) showed a focus, in an almost unhealthy way, upon housework. Many of the women in these groups express … Continue reading Women, housework & the 21st century

The great maternity leave debate

I do not have children, nor do I plan to reproduce – so I suppose you could say I have no skin in this particular game. But I’ve been thinking about the debates around maternity leave and the low birthrate that have occurred recently in Australia. The key problem does not actually seem to be paid maternity leave for a number of weeks after the … Continue reading The great maternity leave debate

Family Friendly or Punishing the Childless?

One thing that the big focus nowadays on so-called ‘family friendly’ workplaces (including maternity/paternity/parental leave) has overlooked is that this excludes the many people who for various reasons do not have children. The question is ‘what about us’? While parents are getting time off, more ‘family friendly’ rosters are implemented (etc.) who but the childless are left holding the fort in this 24×7 world of … Continue reading Family Friendly or Punishing the Childless?

5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers: some interesting ideas for the ambitious person

Found this site in my wanderings the other day when I was supposed to be studying for an exam. It is based on a book called The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers by James M. Citrin and Richard A. Smith and more info can be found at www.5patterns.com. The basic premise of this book is that people who have extraordinary careers display some common patterns: Understand the … Continue reading 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers: some interesting ideas for the ambitious person