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Before the biff: James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond during the filming of a ‘Top Gear’ episode. AAP/EPA/Andy Rain

What Jeremy Clarkson taught us about incivility in the workplace

Bullying is widely talked about, but what about incivility in the workplace? It's a wider scourge and linked to bullying, but the solutions can be simple.
Some doctors will struggle to adapt to a less deferential society in which they are expected to be humble and human team-players. Truthout.org/Flickr

Medicine needs to swallow a bitter pill for a healthier future

Medical culture's hierarchical and autocratic nature harms not just patients and students but doctors too. The good news is that change is in the air – but it won't be easy.
People with cancer are concerned about losing their jobs if they take ‘too much’ leave for treatment. Lisa F. Young/Shutterstock

Reducing discrimination and financial burdens for people with cancer

Some Australians with cancer face discrimination when attempting to access financial services, are treated unfairly by their employers, and face significant financial burden when travelling for treatment…
It’s not likely legislative changes in the way bullying is handled will result in a flood of complaints. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

Changing workplace bullying laws will not open floodgates

The response to legal changes that allow employees being bullied at work to apply to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) for an order to make the behaviour stop has already attracted the predictable criticism…
Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke became involved in a sledging imbroglio after stump microphones picked up a comment aimed at Englishman Jimmy Anderson. AAP/Dave Hunt

Sledging is out of order in the workplace, so why not the sports field?

Picture this scene: you and a colleague sit down for a meeting with your counterparts from another organisation. Before discussions begin, one employee leans over and questions whether you know what you…
Workplace relations minister Bill Shorten has largely supported the recommendations made by the House of Representatives inquiry into workplace bullying. AAP

Prevention, resolution and recourse: responses to the workplace bullying inquiry

The federal government’s response to the House of Representatives inquiry into workplace bullying is a welcome development in preventing this workplace hazard. 19 of the 23 recommendations were supported…
The endorsement of a common national definition of bullying is a welcome start - but the responsible statutory agencies will need substantial resoources. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

National bullying definition is a welcome start - now let’s act

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Employment’s inquiry into workplace bullying has delivered some important recommendations which should now be enacted. The endorsement of…
Following the suicide of their 19-year old daughter Brodie Panlock after workplace bullying, parents Rae and Damien Panlock have campaigned national protection laws. AAP

Can we fix the damage caused by workplace bullying?

For more than a decade I have been researching aspects of workplace bullying – that widespread and scurrilous set of activities where those in power (about 75% of perpetrators are managers and supervisors…

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