What’s making the news work wise this month
- Warnings of mental health tsunami: In an Australian first, an employee recently won a worker’s compensation claim after suffering a psychological injury because of his excessive workload. Published last month, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of Australia found in favour of the employee who had suffered burnout, anxiety and depression as a result of his employment. During a six month period, his flex balance almost tripled, from 25 hours to 72.
- NSW Public Sector offers miscarriage leave: Public sector employees in New South Wales who suffer the loss of a child through miscarriage or stillbirth are now entitled to bereavement leave of up to five working days. The paid leave benefit, worth up to $12m a year, is included in the state’s 2021-22 budget announced on Tuesday. The move makes NSW the first state or territory to fund this type of employee benefit.
- 16 weeks paid parental leave for both partners: A tech start-up has become the latest Australian employer to introduce 18 weeks of equal paid parental leave in a bid to improve gender equality among staff.
Food for thought
Together change is possible This excellent three part series on why organisational change sometimes/often doesn’t work is a must read. What are we doing wrong when we address change the way we have been, and what can we do differently? NOBL is a great resource for all things culture and change related; well worth signing up for their regular emails.
- We have been talking about Steven Covey’s Speed of Trust model.. and it’s application in the workplace
- Digital Body Language. Erica Dhawan has written a great new article for HBR on how it affects us all .. every single day!
- Adam Grant’s take on receiving feedback graciously..
- Doctor’s interrupting patients before they’ve even had a chance to tell them what the real issue is.. (and this one sparked an interesting conversation between someone who had experienced just that, and a paramedic who wanted to share the other side of this).
- And, seemingly, a disproportionate number of coffee related memes …
What I am reading in July:
Brainstorm – the power and purpose of the teenage brain. I have a tween and a teen, so understanding what is going on in their brain’s is a useful way to make it through the day 😉 But in all honesty, the books on brains – whether teenage, women’s or other are fascinating for their application to us all, particularly when it comes to managing emotions in the workplace.
I do have to confess to making my way through last month’s books still though; it’s been a busy month.
in the media
I spoke to Steve Mills on 6pr about “Pet-ernity leave”. Last year, before life as we know it changed with the pandemic, a handful of companies were offering ‘Pawternity Leave’ – a paid week off to look after a new puppy or dog. Since then, the pandemic has seen record number of pet adoptions as people migrated to working from home or being locked down, and the issue is back on the table, this time with organisation PetCulture allowing two days leave to care for new or sick pets. According to their research, a whopping 81 percent of pet owners are asking their workplace for flexibility when it comes to caring for their pets, yet 60 percent don’t feel supported to do so, and two-thirds of respondents also said they saw their pet as a family member. I chatted to Steve about whether this is a benefit that’s here to stay.
your leadership story
Dr Erika Jacobson and I are running a four day leadership retreat in stunning Margaret River (11th to 14th November). Walk in nature and draw inspiration from the natural world on one of Australia’s most beautiful coastal walks. Unwind, have time to refresh, reflect and creatively discover your past, present and future leadership story as a person and as a leader.
Identify and clarify your personal and professional leadership challenges by exploring ways to see them in an entirely new light. Consider what stories you’re telling yourself and how they’re helping or hindering your leadership journey.
Along with a daily journey into nature, there will be workshops to reflect, paint, move & write to energise your heart and your imagination. During these workshops you will learn creative thinking skills and how to ignite and sustain your approach to leadership.
Get yourself to Margaret River, and from there, everything is included. Beautiful meals and accommodation, walks along the stunning Cape to Cape, daily yoga, a painting lesson with an acclaimed local artist, creativity, reflection and learning sessions, and a coaching session post the retreat to embed your actions going forward.
new leadership programme
My colleague, Jaine Edge and I are collaborating once again to bring you a new leadership programme:
Moving into Management – a six month programme.
Our first cohort filled up in less than 48 hours. We now have just a few spots left for our second cohort of this programme.
This programme is all that you hope a leadership programme would be:
- face to face modules, supported by online learning to enhance the pre and post work of each module;
- leading edge, up to date organisational, psych and behavioural theories with a practical application back in the workplace;
- a toolbox of skills to practise and implement;
- connections and collaborations with fellow participants during the programme and beyond;
- engaging facilitators and guest speakers
Find out more by clicking here: JETTG MiM flyer August dates. Or you can talk to us about an in house programme for your organisation.
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