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

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

'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.

Report: Workplace wellness can’t just be window-dressing

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Before businesses start a new workplace wellbeing program, there are a number of considerations they must be mindful of so as to ensure such initiatives are meaningful, rather than detrimental. 

This is the advice from advocacy group A future that works, whose recent Workplace Wellbeingreport – based on a survey of over 1,000 Australian workers – shows that programs have to be more substantive than just “work perks” intended to improve levels of wellness. 

The Economist: The workplace of the future

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As artificial intelligence pushes beyond the tech industry, work could become fairer—or more oppressive.

ARTIFICIAL intelligence (AI) is barging its way into business. As our special report this week explains, firms of all types are harnessing AI to forecast demand, hire workers and deal with customers. In 2017 companies spent around $22bn on AI-related mergers and acquisitions, about 26 times more than in 2015. The McKinsey Global Institute, a think-tank within a consultancy, reckons that just applying AI to marketing, sales and supply chains could create economic value, including profits and efficiencies, of $2.7trn over the next 20 years. Google’s boss has gone so far as to declare that AI will do more for humanity than fire or electricity.

Inside Small Business: Five things you need to know before implementing a wellbeing program

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Before businesses start on a new workplace wellbeing program, they should consider five facts to make sure they are helping, not hindering employees.

Research from the Workplace Wellbeing report, based on a survey of 1000 Australian workers, shows that programs have to more meaningful than just “work-perks” to improve wellbeing. In order to make wellbeing programs more meaningful, there are five key facts to know:

Five facts to know before implementing a wellbeing program

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Before businesses start on a new workplace wellbeing program, they should consider five facts to make sure they are helping, not hindering employees.

Research from the Workplace Wellbeing report, based on a survey of 1,000 Australian workers, shows that programs have to more meaningful than just “work-perks” to improve wellbeing.

How this daily occurrence is draining your productivity

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‘Work smarter, not harder’ is a mantra many of us have adopted in order to get through a particularly stressful working week. However, it seems as if the hours spent outside of our offices have a greater impact on our overall job satisfaction than those wiled away at our desks – and sleep is the key. 

Recent report Workplace Wellbeing found that the better quality of sleep we enjoy, the greater our sense of job satisfaction. After surveying 1,000 employees, the research highlighted that poor sleepers are more likely to search for a new role compared to their well-rested colleagues – 54% vs 45%.

New Idea: 5 ways to never feel stressed at work again

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ANYTIME YOU FEEL THE PRESSURE BUILDING IN THE WORKPLACE TURN TO THESE IDEAS

A recent Australian workplace survey has revealed 73 per cent of workers are feeling stressed about work. The survey, entitled Workplace Wellbeing, conducted by not-for-profit HR think tank Reventure, revealed that a huge proportion of us are under pressure. Here's some ways to relieve workplace anxiety.

BLUE LIGHT THERAPY According to research, blue lighting accelerates the relaxation process after acute psychosocial stress in comparison to conventional white lighting. Acute psychosocial stress can happen, for example, when someone pressures you to finish a task to a deadline. Next time you're under the gun, pull out the blue light (there are many on the market including the Philips goLITE BLU Energy Light, see fishpond.com.

ZEN MAGNETS Squeezing a stress ball is so yesterday. Now you can release your stress through a Zen Magnet set. These clusters of hypnotising silver orbs can be crushed together and mad* into cool shapes to your heart's delight. The bonus is, they look impressive on your desk too, though they should strictly be for the office and not around the family, the small magnets can be hazardous if swallowed. zenmagnets.com

EXERCISE IN A GROUP We all know that it clears the head to go for a walk or even a run at lunch time but if you really want to release stress then organise some group fitness. A recent study published in The Journal Of The American Osteopathic Association found working out in a group lowers stress by 26 percent, while those who exercise individually put in more effort but experienced no significant change in their stress level.'The communal benefits of coming together with friends and colleagues, and doing something difficult, while encouraging one another, pays dividends beyond exercising alone,' said Dayna Yorks, lead researcher on this study.

PET THERAPY Google and Amazon know the benefits of pets in the office, they allow employees to bring their dogs to work. Empirical evidence supports the notion that dogs may provide social support, improve performance, and increase social interactions in the workplace. In one study of the effects of dogs in the workplace on employees' self reported stress, those who did not bring dogs to work had significantly higher perceived stress than employees who did.

DON'T SAY THE S WORD 'Just saying that you're stressed can set off a cascade of chemicals in the body - epinephrine and cortisol - and neurotransmitters in the brain that make us feel completely stressed out,' says author and clinical psychotherapist Seth Swirsky. Instead of automatically saying you feel stressed out, experts recommend you try to frame it in a positive way. Try something like this: 'I'm up against it this week, but I know I will get there in the end.'

Here are 5 ways for your business to get the most out of HR – and to do HR well – in 2018

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Human capital is the most valuable resource in any business – before finance – and in today’s digital world of work, the time is ripe for HR to be the organisational ‘heartbeat’, with people being the ‘DNA’.

As more businesses transition to digital this year and shift the focus to people and performance rather than profit and performance, HR is going to be your business ally.

Human Resources Director Canada: The real reason your employees are slacking

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Solving the productivity puzzle is a full-time job for many HR leaders. Trying to uncover underlying stressors in the day-to-day lives of workers, what drives them and what demoralizes them, is an ongoing process that can perplex even the most knowledgeable of mangers.

That being said, a recent report into workplace productivity may provide an answer. A lack of sleep could be impacting your employees’ wellbeing, according to research from global HR think-tank Reventure.

Exit Interview Questions That Aren’t a Waste of Time

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The value of exit interviews is often overlooked by businesses. In the midst of managing the exit process from a business, combined with sourcing new talent, exit interviews can be reduced to formalities such as handing over entry passes and the company laptop.

So how do you make the most of exit interviews?

For the most part, people are leaving companies due to dissatisfaction. Done right, you have a great opportunity to get in-depth feedback as to what is causing the dissatisfaction and some ideas on what to do about it.

A study by Facebook recently found that many employees leave their jobs in search of finding more fulfilling work. Employees need to feel like they are gaining valuable career mentoring and are advancing their career, according to a recent article from HRD Magazine.

Recent research conducted by workplace research firm Reventure, as part of its national a future that works campaign, found that 72% of Australian workers were looking for purpose and meaning in work.

Three Key HR Trends To Watch In 2018

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With the new year kicking off, global HR think-tank Reventure reveals the trends and recurring themes that will shape HR in Australian workplaces in 2018.

Lead researcher of global HR think-tank Reventure, Dr Lindsay McMillan said that after a busy year in HR in 2017, workers can expect to see three key trends.

Gladstone Observer: A good sleep the key to happier workers

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MORE than half of Australia’s workforce isn’t getting enough sleep and it’s impacting productivity.

Research from think-tank Reventure found that only 54 per cent of Aussie workers were getting enough shut-eye.

Workplace Wellbeing, a national survey of more than 1000 Australian workers, showed satisfied sleepers were happier in all areas of their lives.

Those not getting enough quality sleep were more likely to say they felt as though their lives had no sense of meaning.

Lead researcher Dr Lindsay McMillan said the importance of sleep should not be overlooked and called on employers to make sure staff were rested and not overly stressed so they could sleep well.

“Sleep is a key part in fostering wellbeing – over half of the Australian workers we surveyed believed that having time for rest and relaxation contributes to high levels of personal wellbeing,” he said.