IBM has announced the finalists of the Workplace for the Year in New Zealand. The award categories split the finalists into groups depending on the number of employees, with with the smallest category covering businesses with fewer than 49 staff. Large companies were those with more than 750 employees with a couple of other groups in between. But that's had me thinking - what makes a great workplace?
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We asked, and you delivered -- how do you work near junk food without pigging out? From bringing a sensible lunch to developing weird habits, here are the strategies that worked for you.
Workplace sexual harassment affects far more women than men, but men are the ones who bear responsibility for ending it. Besides, of course, not harassing women, we need to stand up for them, especially (and unfortunately) as we're more likely to be heard and respected than the victims themselves. Esquire has a guide to noticing, handling, and reporting sexual harassment, including how to escalate a complaint to a superior, HR, and even the press.
We spend almost half of our waking hours at work (how's that for a depressing thought?) so if your workplace is stressful, or if it's full of bullies and harassers, your mental health can suffer. For World Mental Health Day, the World Health Organisation put this together so your employer knows how they can and why they should keep you mentally healthy.
Hi Lifehacker! I recently applied for an internal job which unfortunately I didn't get. One of my friends, however, did get the job. This friend has no job skills, no experience, and no industry knowledge. I'm struggling to understand how he got this role, and what's more, how I should react when he joyfully reminds me of his new role every other day. Do you have any advice or ways I can handle this? What do you do when your friend gets the job you wanted?
Dear Lovehacker, I moved cities late last year and my old boss is going to be in town for a visit soon. He suggested that we catch up but my only availability was during the evening. I didn't even think that it could be a problem until after we arranged to have dinner. He has a wife and I'm not sure if I should be worried about what she would think, especially because I'm single. Am I just being paranoid or is there something a bit off about having dinner alone with a married man? Thanks, B.
You have a coworker who, to put it diplomatically, has a hard time keeping their leadership tendencies in check. In other words, he treats you like he's the boss. He provides a ton of constructive feedback (even when you didn't ask for it), divides up roles on team projects (giving himself the best one) and quashes any opportunity for others to have a say.
Your coworker complains that your loud phone calls are distracting him, and you fire back that he's always late to meetings. Or you try to tell your boss the new system she's implemented is inefficient, but find yourself talking in circles. Or maybe your team has been at odds for weeks about how to tackle an assignment, and now you're about to miss the deadline. If any of that sounds familiar, you're not alone.
A vibrant work culture often involves a level of closeness among a company's workforce. What better way to cultivate this than to host social gatherings with workmates? While 56% of Australians have monthly or weekly catch-ups with colleagues outside work hours, 64% of employers are unwilling to foot the bill for work-related drinks and food. Considering a strong sense of camaraderie among colleagues would definitely benefit a business, should employers be expected to pay for what is essentially team-building outings?
"I've been giving it some thought," I said in a team meeting at one of my previous jobs, "And I really think the partner listings on our website would function better if we -- " "Let me jump in," interjected one of my co-workers, before I was even able to finish my thought and put my idea out on the table.
AKA, make everyone else in your building hate you. While we wouldn't advise doing it too often, there are ways to get express service in some lifts and speed up your journey (at the detriment of other potential passengers). These techniques won't work in every lift but hey, they're worth a try, right?