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Neil Gorsuch signs the constitutional oath after Chief Justice Roberts administered it in a private ceremony on April 10. Franz Jantzen/Public Information Office Supreme Court of the U.S. via AP

What Gorsuch’s conservative Supreme Court means for workers

With Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the high court, conservatives regain their 5-4 majority, which will likely benefit employers over workers.
Menstruation can cause unique health challenges, but does that mean we need special sick days? Clara Alim

Does gender equality suffer when women get menstrual leave?

A British company has just introduced menstrual leave for female employees. But such a policy risks creating a blanket expectation that all women are crippled by their periods.
Now that we have your attention… Image sourced from Shutterstock.com

Forget siestas, ‘green micro-breaks’ could boost work productivity

Everyone know it's good to escape to the great outdoors, but new research shows just 40 seconds with some greenery can boost our ability to concentrate.
Stress arises from what we assume others expect of us. d13/Shutterstock

New year’s resolutions: how to get your stress levels in check

Stress is the physical and emotional response we all experience when faced with demanding situations. Our stress can arise from within when we fear we’re unable to meet our own high expectations. Or it…
A cancer cluster generally features an unusually high number of the same type of cancer occurring in a group of people with a common exposure. Shutterstock

Explainer: what are cancer clusters?

Most of us are living longer and we are all expected to be working longer. Because the likelihood of cancer increases as we age, we’re more likely to be diagnosed with cancer while still a member of the…
The term RSI has been replaced by the occupational overuse syndrome, or OOS. Image from shutterstock.com

Repetitive strain injury: is it real or imagined?

Repetitive strain injury, or RSI, is a term which was developed to describe an epidemic of work-related arm and hand pain reported in Australia in the 1980s. While work-related arm and hand pain was and…
Feeling threatened drives team members to highlight their distinguishing attributes. Omar Gurnah/ Flickr

Team innovation and success: why we should fight at work

When your staff bicker and compete, your initial response should be to remind them they’re part of the same team and encourage them to be friendly, right? Not necessarily; we’re now realising that a level…
Plants located in your home or office are beneficial to your health in more ways than you might think. Miss Monk

Clearing the air: the hidden wonders of indoor plants

It may come as a surprise but air pollution levels indoors are almost always higher than outside, even in busy city centres. Even more surprising is that indoor plants have the ability to mitigate high…
With smartphones allowing work emails to be checked out at all hours, the separation of work from leisure is becoming increasingly blurred. Image from www.shutterstock.com

You’ve got mail, 24-7: a work-life blessing or curse?

For many of us, smartphones and laptops have enabled an electronic untethering from physical and temporal limitations workplaces, creating the opportunity for greater flexibility to fit paid work in and…
The majority of diagnoses for depression, anxiety and PTSD are made by GPs who don’t use the DSM criteria.

DSM-5 won’t increase mental health work claims – here’s why

The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has copped the predicted criticisms since its release on the weekend. Most centre on the idea that more of us will…

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