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Booze abuse

Alcohol is one of those topics that everyone seems to have a view on. Earlier this year, there were many comments when I posted a blog entry on moves to bring in tougher controls on boozing and many of you expressed your views about it.

But now we have reports that Australia has the highest rate of alcohol abuse, that one in five Australians abuses alcohol and four of them go untreated. Obviously there a problem, and it will affect society and workplaces. So the question is what do we do about it?

Monday, August 16,imitation rolex day date ladies, 2010

Coping with bad days at work

Ever had a really bad day at work? We have all had them. Whether it turning up on a Monday and you are struggling to get back into the routine of working life, or whether it just one of those days when nothing seems to go right. It happened to all of us. And every one of us has had fantasies about leaving the job in style, telling people where to stick it.

The best example of that came last week from Steven Slater, a Jet Blue flight attendant who exited from a plane that had just arrived at JFK airport in New York in the most unusual way. He certainly did it with panache and style. The New York Times reports: a dispute with a passenger who stood to fetch luggage too soon on a full flight just in from Pittsburgh, Mr. Slater, 38 and a career flight attendant, got on the public address intercom and let loose a string of invective. On his way out the door, he paused to grab a beer from the beverage cart. then, Slater has been lionised by many people who have had enough with bad customers and bad work days. As reported here, he has been turned into a hero. He has 150,000 fans on Facebook and someone has set up a legal fund to help him. What do you think? So how would you handle having a bad day?

Friday, August 13, 2010

Things you shouldn't say at work

There are some things that are better left unsaid. In relationships, it best not say things like sound like your mother or too busy to talk

The same thing applies to the workplace. An off the cuff remark can land you in all sorts of trouble. The problem is you mightn find yourself in hot water straight away. But people will remember. Sometimes, there are some things we would love to say, whether it in a relationship or at work but then most of the time,rolex oysterdate replica, we just shut up because we know what will happen. So what should we never say at work?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Asperger's at work

One of the most interesting trends in recent years has been the increasing focus on people with Asperger Syndrome, a disorder of mild autism where people have difficulty connecting with others, They have communication difficulties and struggle to understand social rules and body language. People with Asperger Syndrome can have trouble understanding other people point of view, show a preference for routines and schedules which can result in stress or anxiety if a routine is disrupted and often have highly specialised fields of interest or hobbies. Another common trait is that they can also have well above average intelligence which means they can come up some remarkable creative ideas. The condition was captured beautifully in the Adam Elliott film Mary and Max

about an eight year old Melbourne girl who became pen pals with an obese, middle aged Jewish New Yorker suffering from Asperger Syndrome. Lots of famous people are speculated to have had Asperger Syndrome. The list includes names like Beethoven, Einstein and Van Gogh, although you can be absolutely sure about this because it has only been recognized as a condition in more recent times.

In his fascinating book The Brain That Changes Itself, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge make the point that the incidence of autism has been climbing at an extraordinary rate. When the condition was first recognized 40 years ago, one in 5000 people had it. Now it 15 in 5000. Some of that might be explained by more people being diagnosed with it. But even when you factor that in, there been a three fold increase in the last 15 years.

Which means we are more likely to deal with people that have Asperger Sydnrome these days. We might even be working with them. And that can create some challenges.

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Bosses behaving badly

So David Jones is in the news again with the company disgraced former boss Mark McInnes announcing he is going to fight the lawsuit and claims made by a former employee, Kristy Fraser Kirk. I have covered the issue of sexual harassment here. Indeed,replica rolex oysterdate, harassment and sexual harassment (and I see them pretty much as the same thing only with sexual harassment, sex is used as a way of controlling people and getting power over them) are ongoing problems. Regardless of what happens with the David Jones case, harassment isn't going to disappear.

Which raises the question of bosses behaving badly,rolex submariner 2014 imitation. This is the dark side of leadership and there is plenty of it out there.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Job interview lies

Lying to get a job is commonplace. I recently did a blog entry on how people put all sorts of lies down on their CVs. But what about job interviews?

According to one survey, reported here, one in three job applicants tell massive porkies during interviews. According to the survey, the biggest lies are exaggerated work experience, fake references and out and out lies about previous salaries. One of the most popular tricks was getting friends to act as referees.

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