Human Resources Director: Workplace bullying surges in 12 months: report

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Workplace bullying leads to absenteeism, presenteeism and a higher turnover rate which sometimes goes unexplained because most workplace bullying goes unreported, according to Dr Lindsay McMillan, lead researcher of HR think-tank Reventure.

“The advice for employers is to provide support in industries that face abuse from the public, and for employees to speak up about workplace bullying wherever the source,” added Dr McMillan.

Adelaide Advertiser: Feel free to disconnect

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ABOUT three-quarters of workers feel they cannot switch off from work because they are too connected to their mobile devices, research shows.

HR think tank Reventure lead researcher Dr Lindsay McMillan says 73 per cent of workers are thinking about work and checking emails outside of working hours.

It is leading to many workers thinking technology is having a big effect on the workplace, with two-thirds of workers agreeing the workplace is becoming more complex and changing at a faster rate than ever. It compares to 54 per cent who believed so in 2016.

“It is up to employers to follow the lead of countries implementing the ‘right to disconnect’, which limits and regulates emails outside of working hours and make expectations around work clear,” he says.

My Business: Employers wary amid massive turnover forecasts

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Employers are expecting their turnover rates to soar by 57 per cent in 2018, according to a new survey, suggesting that as many as 1.8 million Australians will abandon their current job in search of greener pastures.

The astounding figures are based on a survey of 460 hiring managers from businesses Australia wide by recruitment firm Robert Half.

Tech stress takes its toll

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The number of Australian workers stressed because of technology has increased by 27 per cent since 2016, according to the latest workplace survey from global HR think-tank Reventure.
 
Seventy-three per cent of Australian workers said they felt constantly connected to work because of technology and couldn't ever completely shut off from it – compared to only 46 per cent in 2016.

Why wellness has become a top CFO priority

 Why wellness has become a top CFO priority

Why wellness has become a top CFO priority

Australians like to think we’re the most laid-back country on earth but, as a nation, we’re increasingly stressed out.

Recent research from Reventure found 73 per cent of Australians feel anxious at work, with 85 per cent believing their employer is obliged to address it. Given the broader cost and performance implications, responsibility no longer sits exclusively in the HR department.

Human Resources Director: Is your workplace suffering from 'tech stress'?

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Bullying, deadlines and demanding managers are just some of the major triggers of stress in the workplace. But in 2018, another major source of stress is emerging.

Technology stress is becoming an increasingly common complaint that is not being addressed by employers, according to Dr Lindsay McMillan, lead researcher of HR think-tank Reventure.

Technology contributing to workplace stress, study finds

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Almost three-quarters of Australian workers are feeling stressed out by technology, according to new research.

The latest workplace survey from global HR think-tank Reventure shows that 73% of workers feel constantly connected to technology and cannot completely shut off from it — an increase of 27% since 2016.

Adelaide Advertiser: All well and good - but does it work?

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WELLBEING may be a common buzz word in the work place but before implementing such a program, leaders should consider if they are hindering or helping their staff.

Research from the Workplace Wellbeing report finds wellbeing programs have to be more meaningful than just "work perks" to improve wellbeing.

Dr Lindsay McMillan, lead researcher at HR think tank Reventure, urges bosses to plan carefully before embarking on a wellbeing program.

WHAT IS WELLBEING?

Three-quarters of workers believe wellbeing is not just mental.

"Encourage both physical and mental health side-by-side," McMillan says.

WILL WORKERS HAVE TIME?

Unrealistic expectations over workload is the greatest negative impact on wellbeing for 51 per cent of workers.

"If workers are drowning in more deadlines than there are hours in the day, taking any time to talk about workplace wellbeing is going to sound incredibly tone-deaf," McMillan says.

HOW CAN IT WORK?

Low team morale hits 38 per cent of workers hardest in their day-to-day work.

"Boost morale with team-oriented events - don't neglect socialising from your overall workplace wellbeing plan," he says.

"However small, find a balance that works for your team - it might be a sports team or it might be an office lunch to get the team together and celebrate your successes."

WHERE IS STRESS COMING FROM?

Family demands is the biggest stress factor in life for 51 per cent of workers.

"For those with caring responsibilities, making it easier for them to prioritise family commitments will go some way to alleviate stress," McMillan says.

"Consider whether your workplace needs an employee assistance program that is available to family members too."

WHAT DO THEY THINK?

Most (74 per cent) workers believe wellbeing programs are worth the time and money. "Have confidence in the knowledge that this investment is worth it for employees," he says.

Adelaide Advertiser: Switched on to wellbeing

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TWO in five workplaces have a wellbeing program in place for staff, as employers realise the importance to their organisation of helping staff to be healthy.

A Future That Works campaign lead researcher Dr Lindsay McMillan says wellbeing is playing an increasing role in today's work landscape, and workplaces that wish to remain competitive will need to be able to deliver it.

"Wellbeing is not a buzzword for any new HR strategy, but rather it requires factoring in worker's evolving needs in our rapidly-changing work landscape," McMillan says.

"Some Australian workplaces have recognised this rising trend and have addressed it with workplace wellbeing programs. In fact, 43 per cent of Australian workers claim their workplace offers a wellbeing program."

Against metrics: how measuring performance by numbers backfires

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From Jacques Tati’s Playtime (1967). Image courtesy Les Films de Mon Oncle – Specta Films CEPEC

More and more companies, government agencies, educational institutions and philanthropic organisations are today in the grip of a new phenomenon. I’ve termed it ‘metric fixation’. The key components of metric fixation are the belief that it is possible – and desirable – to replace professional judgment (acquired through personal experience and talent) with numerical indicators of comparative performance based upon standardised data (metrics); and that the best way to motivate people within these organisations is by attaching rewards and penalties to their measured performance. 

The rewards can be monetary, in the form of pay for performance, say, or reputational, in the form of college rankings, hospital ratings, surgical report cards and so on. But the most dramatic negative effect of metric fixation is its propensity to incentivise gaming: that is, encouraging professionals to maximise the metrics in ways that are at odds with the larger purpose of the organisation. If the rate of major crimes in a district becomes the metric according to which police officers are promoted, then some officers will respond by simply not recording crimes or downgrading them from major offences to misdemeanours. Or take the case of surgeons. When the metrics of success and failure are made public – affecting their reputation and income – some surgeons will improve their metric scores by refusing to operate on patients with more complex problems, whose surgical outcomes are more likely to be negative. Who suffers? The patients who don’t get operated upon.

Wellness Daily: Apparently Millennials aren't motivated by money

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New research suggests that, contrary to popular portrayals as materialistic, young Australians do not prioritise income to the extent that older generations do. 

A survey of more than 1,000 Australian workers by human resources thinktank Reventure showed that less than half (48 per cent) of Millennials see financial security as important in ensuring high levels of personal wellbeing, compared to 60 per cent of Boomers and 54 per cent of Gen X. 

Stressful workplace? It Could Be Ruining Your Sleep

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Workplace stress keeping you up at night? Almost 40 per cent of Australian workers dissatisfied with their sleep.

One workplace expert is urging workers to prioritise sleep on World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April to minimise the detrimental effects of sleep deprivation in the workplace.

Central Sydney: Stressed? Try these options in central Sydney

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IF YOU ask inner Sydney workers how they are feeling, chances are they will tell you they are more stressed than ever.

Over the past 10 years, the incidence of stress has increased significantly around Australia — the number of people affected by stress rose from 3.7 million in 2007-08 to more than 4.9 million in 2016-17 according to research released by Medibank in December.

Sydney Morning Herald: Financial security: why millennials are unfazed and women are worried

 Millennials are optimistic about their financial future, a survey suggests.

Millennials are optimistic about their financial future, a survey suggests.

Describing "financial security" as a buzzword is ridiculous – it’s hardly a fad - but it is a subject that is popping up awfully often right now. Among the various pieces of research on financial security that caught my eye this week alone two things stood out.

First, it seems millennials apparently aren’t particularly concerned about it. And that contrasts with the second: Australian women are very concerned about it.

Human Resources Director: Are millennials motivated by more than materialism?

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Less than half of young people think financial security is a priority for wellbeing. This drives home the point that money isn’t the main motivation for many millennials in the workplace, according to Lead researcher of global HR think-tank Reventure Dr Lindsay McMillan.

“What is interesting is that despite this, millennials are highly driven towards success – twice the rate than that of baby boomers – yet do not seem to be motivated by financial security,” said Dr McMillan.

News Mail: Workplace stress keeping you up at night?

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ALMOST 40 per cent of Australian workers are dissatisfied with their sleep, according to the World Health Organization.

A workplace expert is urging workers to prioritise sleep on World Day for Safety and Health at Work today to minimise the detrimental effects of sleep deprivation in the workplace.

The WHO-supported day falls on a weekend this year, giving Australian workers a prime opportunity to reset the clock on any unhealthy sleep schedules.

HR think-tank Reventure's lead researcher, Dr Lindsay McMillan, said a survey of more than 1000 Australian workers showed 38 per cent were dissatisfied with their sleep patterns.

"More than one-third of Australian workers are dissatisfied with their sleep pattern and are more likely to also be dissatisfied with their physical well-being and their job," he said.

"Whether you work in an office or on a construction site, getting enough quality sleep is important to safety and overall health and well-being, so it is crucial that we make it a priority.

"With the rise and rise of mobile devices in the workplace, some workers are finding it hard to switch off from work, which can also undermine healthy sleep patterns." Dr McMillan said the changing nature of work also contributed to the loss of sleep for some workers. He said employers should not let work interrupt their rest.

Human Resources Director: Are your employees getting enough shut-eye?

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Employers should urge their workforce to prioritise sleep on World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April to minimise the detrimental effects of sleep deprivation in the workplace.

Indeed, lead researcher of global HR think-tank Reventure, Dr Lindsay McMillan, said a survey of more than 1,000 Australian workers showed 38% were dissatisfied with their sleep patterns.

Financial Times: Corporate wellbeing is no substitute for good management

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'Well-washing' conveniently shifts the burden of wellbeing from the employer causing stress to the employee © iStock

Mantras and meditation do not remove the stress of long hours and lay-offs.

As far as I know, the Financial Times has never been run by a transcendental meditation devotee. Nor does it seem to have any managers who think the best way to fix an office squabble is to get everyone to sit down in a circle to hash it out.