office culture

Create A 'Cubicle Exit Plan' For A Quick Job Change

Few of us have guaranteed employment for life. When you’re let go, your employer doesn’t always given you a chance to retrieve your stuff. Consider having a clear exit plan.

How To Repair A Damaged Professional Relationship

If you’ve spent enough time in the workforce, you almost certainly have a trail of damaged professional relationships behind you. That doesn’t mean you’re a bad manager or employee; it’s simply a fact that some people don’t get along, and when we have to rely on each other, there are bound to be crossed wires and disappointments.

Think Twice Before Referring Someone To Your Company For A Bonus

Many employers have referral bonuses in place to recruit new employees — if you refer a new hire to the company, you get a bonus. That person’s performance reflects on you, though, so don’t go referring everyone you know.

How Many IT Workers Score 457 Visas?

The topic of 457 visas is back in the news this week, with a review recommending the scheme change English language requirements while reducing labour market testing. Just how many IT workers end up coming into Australia on 457 visas?

Steve Jobs's Best Productivity Tricks

Regardless of how you feel about Apple, Steve Jobs was an incredibly prolific CEO who was more than just the face of the company. Before his death in 2011, he managed to provide a unique workplace lauded for its productivity. Let’s take a look at just a few of the ways he did it.

How To Find Your Optimal Work Environment And Boost Productivity

There’s no shortage of productivity techniques to try, but optimal productivity comes in different states for everyone. Some people are morning larks and others night owls, some need silence while others need music. If you’re struggling to improve your own workflow, here are three areas to start experimenting with.

Plants In The Office Will Make You More Productive

Plants in the office aren’t just more attractive than staplers — they can also improve your productivity. A study by scientists suggest that decking your desk with greenery can improve performance by as much as 15 per cent.

Asking For Advice Makes You Look More Competent, Not Stupider

Even if you believe in the whole “There’s no such thing as a stupid question” mantra, sometimes you’d just rather hold your tongue than look stupid. New research suggests, however, that you’ll appear more competent to others if you ask for advice rather than keeping quiet.

Make Fun A Workplace Priority For Happier Staff And Clients

We all have to grow up, but holding on to your inner child can help your business more than you think. Makenna Johnston at Tiny Buddha says the end result of fun in the workplace isn’t just happier employees, but happier clients.

How To Handle A Toxic Work Environment

It’s one thing to dislike your job, but it’s another to feel physically ill walking in to work. If your job just doesn’t have redeeming qualities, your work environment may be toxic in more ways than one. Here’s how to handle it, especially when quitting is not an option.