Dear Lifehacker, I work for a company that will be shutting down between December 20 and January 12. We have been instructed to take annual leave - 13 days total - during this break. That's more than the half of my allotted leave. Is it legal for a company to dictate when you can take the majority of your holidays?
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As jobs appear that require employees to work beyond the standard working week, so does the need to give those employees back their time. Companies around the world including Netflix and Virgin offer unlimited annual leave to their employees and some Australian companies are offering it too. Here's how to score endless holidays at your next job.
Discrimination occurs in the workplace when an employer takes adverse action against an employee or prospective employee because of a protected attribute such as sexual orientation.
That's almost verbatim from Australia's Fair Work Ombudsman's guidelines for all employees' right to protection from discrimination at work. Yet you still hear stories of Australians getting fired for being gay - or more accurately, being open about being gay. So is this actually legal in Australia? And if so, how?
“You’re terminated!” They’re the two words nobody, under any circumstances, ever wants to hear or receive in writing. The flow-on effect from losing a job can be catastrophic – potentially leaving you financially unstable, emotionally insecure and contemplating your worth in the workforce.
Yes, there’s never a good time to receive this news, but imagine being terminated when you’re physically incapacitated and incapable of completing the tasks you love or are trained to perform. Unfortunately, this is the reality for many Australians every year who suffer a workplace injury and require medical aid and time off. Is this legal?
The Australian Computer Society (ACS) has completed their annual look at the state of technology jobs in Australia and the news is a mixed bag. While exports of ICT services are now worth $3.2b per year - an increase of over 60 percent over the last five years, we will need in import skills as there simply aren't enough graduates in the education pipeline to meet to anticipated demand. And we're also very much in the middle of the road when it comes to IT performance. But those challenges also create opportunities. Here's where you might find some great opportunities.
If you want to secure a decent wage and steady employment, it helps to have a job that's in very high demand. According to the latest Hays Jobs Report, skills relating to finance and information technology are good for your resume in 2018. Here are the top 30 jobs that employers are currently trying to fill.
The nature of work is changing. While we've seen increasing levels of automation in workplaces over the last 300 years or so, it's only been over the last decade where we've seen machine learning improve to the point where it can replace humans in tasks that go beyond the repetitive and mechanical. Greg Muller from Gooroo and Jarrad Skeen from Affix are seeing these changes first hand in their roles in recruitment and the development of high performance teams. And while they see different sides to this change, there's one thing they absolutely agree on; being able to adapt to the change will be critical if you want to keep working.
It looks like Australian wage growth has turned the corner with the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) wage price index lifting by 0.55% over the December quarter, leaving the increase on a year earlier at 2.08%.
Online employment marketplace Seek has revealed the highest and lowest paid jobs advertised on its website in the past 12 months. Those at the top are currently being offered annual salaries of over $137,000 while workers at the bottom can expect to take home around $44,000. But which jobs have the best and worst pay? Let's take a look.
Nobody is immune to layoffs. Whether you're an executive or an entry-level hire, layoffs can - and probably will - affect you at some point in your career. Consultants and freelancers have a bit of a buffer thanks to their multiple income streams, but when their industry suffers, they suffer too. (There's nothing like losing four clients in a single month.)
Wrapping up the work week on a beautiful summer day sometimes feels like a slog, and for good reason. The days are hotter, you aren't getting much done, and your weekend plans are getting closer by the minute. It might sound inefficient, but the increasingly popular early dismissal "Summer Fridays" work perk benefits not only you, but your employer as well. You'll get more time for yourself, your boss gets better work from you, and everyone gets to enjoy a beautiful afternoon.
For the last year or two, many pundits have said AI and automation will result in substantial job losses in many sectors. While we've seen widespread automation in the automotive industry and other manufacturing sectors, we're starting to see the advent of AI moving into white collar jobs. Someone even trained some AI to write a chapter for a new Harry Potter book. But Gartner says our fears are unfounded as AI is likely to create, rather than destroy jobs.
A recent story (actually, it was a bit of a puff piece to be honest) talks about about Ivy Lim - a 63 year old who just scored her first job in the cybersecurity business. It's a nice story about someone making the leap to a new job in an industry they'd never worked in and a company who saw past the number on her birth certificate. But there are questions worth thinking about. Is the investment worthwhile given the time Lim might spend in the job? And was it a bold move or a desperate one looking for a new job at an age when most are thinking about retirement? Are employers missing out when they bypass more mature candidates?
Sometimes you end up in a position, for instance, Press Secretary at the White House, that you're not exactly cut out for. Everyone has to quit a job at some point. Whether you've found a new gig or just get the feeling (perhaps from watching news reports) that your seconds away from being fired when it's time to walk away, there's a right and a wrong way to do it.
For $US100 ($136) a year, you can pay for a widget to screen your social media accounts for embarrassing posts that could damage your chances of getting a job or getting into university. Startup BrandYourself provides online reputation management software that allows you to "minimise negative search results and build a positive web presence".
A few years ago, I decided to ditch working the corporate life, in favour of freelancing. There were a number of factors in that decision. Things like not enjoying my job, wanting to know if I could make it on my own and freedom to pursue passion projects and spend more time with my kids. The cost of that was the reassurance of a steady pay-packet each month. Telsyte's Australian Digital Workplace Study 2017 suggests more than half of Aussie workers would trade cash for more flexible work arrangements.