Regardless of the channels through which it is done, most employees want to have a say in how their workplaces are run.
Even though union membership has dropped to just 15%, unions still have an important role to play in ensuring that workers have meaningful input into how their workplaces are run.
Employees need to have more say at work, which means tackling all forms of corruption and law-breaking.
Workplace democracy is declining, but the idea that this is the fault solely of unions or employers is misguided. Widespread reform is needed.
Employees who chose to be emotionally manipulative may also have high emotional intelligence.
Employees who admitted to being emotionally manipulative in a survey may also be perceived as being emotionally intelligent in their workplaces, a study has found.
Another job snatched by a robot?
Some suggest half of current jobs will be lost to automation over the next decade or two. But it's far too early to pit man versus machine.
Bean bags as chairs and other office design gimmicks are not the best ideas for a mentally healthy workplace.
Employers need to move beyond promoting mental health to preventing psychological harm at work.
Employees who are thinking of disclosing a mental illness in the workplace should weigh up the advantages and disadvantages.
Australian discrimination laws offer some protection for employees wanting to disclose their mental illness, but it doesn't make the decision any easier.
There are definite costs of mental illness in the workplace but the return on investment in a mentally healthy workplace can be a big boost to the bottom line.
New data shows Australians are spending more on mental health services and with costs to business in the millions, it's time employers realised good mental health is good for the bottom line too.
The future of work is an issue on many people’s minds.
Talk about the future of work is in the air these days, but will all the chatter lead to action and better living standards for tomorrow's workers?
Abercrombie says it will no longer require employees to be constantly on call.
A significant share of the workforce wakes up every day without knowing at what time they'll work – or even if they will earn anything at all.
Time to punch out?
The changes President Obama proposed are hardly radical and are in keeping with the original spirit of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
While our labor laws aren’t quite as old as the Dead Sea scrolls, they still need updating.
The president's proposal to more than double the overtime threshold was a good first step, but he shouldn't stop there.
It pays to get workforce more involved in management.
The amount our workers produce has been stagnant for a while now, but there is a boost to be had in increasing labour force involvement in their jobs and the business.
The smiling face of the person serving you is an important part of the retail experience that makes customers want to come back for more.
A more likely reason for businesses' current interest in happiness and wellbeing has to do with cold hard economics and shifts in the labour force. Happiness, in short, is good for business.
Unions still play an important role in ensuring employers follow minimum standards for labour laws despite falling membership…
Thanks to social media sites like Facebook, the line between our personal and work lives is being blurred all the time.
Social media presents many challenges for the world of work. One is the potential for employees’ online comments when off-duty to become a fertile source of evidence for allegations of misconduct and grounds…
Feeling threatened drives team members to highlight their distinguishing attributes.
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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…
Screening applicants using social media platforms is commonplace when recruiting new staff. But this could be seen as a breach…
Human resource managers will often shy away from hiring overqualified employees, but research shows that they can be an asset.
Overqualified workers are often seen as the pariah of human resources but these employees can be a constructive or a destructive influence on your business, depending on the way they are managed. In my…
Online retailer Amazon has come in for criticism since it was revealed they electronically tag their factory workers - does this represent the ‘new world’ of work?
Every age has its estimate of the pressures and perils of work. Adam Smith, writing in the 18th century, focused on the toil and trauma of work. Karl Marx, writing in the 19th century, spoke of the alienation…
Businesses may get more accurate personality tests by getting outsiders to rate employees. Co-workers have always been the…