Communication in the Workplace

Introduction : When we examine the causes of many of our employment relations issues in the workplace, a common theme is misunderstood communication. The addition of email, intranets and social media type platforms into the workplace have multiplied the chances of management and employees bursting into print without thinking through the consequences of their actions.   Content: Understanding the potential impact of poor communication. The mechanics of communications including basic models of communication. Strategies to help us think before we act. Details: Course: Communication in the Workplace Duration: [...]

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Average worker spends quarter of day on emails

The average worker spends two-and-a-half hours writing emails every day, researchers have discovered. A poll found that more than a quarter of most employees’ time is wasted sending, receiving or sorting out emails instead of doing their jobs. That means that every year workers spend some 81 working days hunched over their computers - often emailing other people in the office. The research points towards the technology driven culture that has taken over where putting in the hours is what is important, [...]

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Facebook using workers hogging workplace bandwidth

Social-network users are hogging more computer-network bandwidth - from the cubicle next door. A growing proportion of the capacity on corporate networks is being taken up by employees actively using social networking applications and file-sharing services, according to Palo Alto Networks, a US computer-security company that tracked network usage at more than 1600 customers between last April and November. Active usage - referring to people who play, post and share rather than just passively watching a scrolling feed of posts on [...]

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White collar workplace drug testing on the increase

If you think a couple of glasses of wine at lunch or taking a few sleeping pills before bed is OK because you work a desk job or do not operate heavy machinery, take heed. While workplace drug testing is legislated in the mining and transport industries, more white collar industries are showing interest, according to a drug testing service. ''In one case a fatigued office worker put an electric stapler through his thumb, while in a separate incident a worker [...]

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NZ employers feeling more optimistic

New Zealand employers are significantly more optimistic than they were this time last year, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook quarterly survey of hiring intentions. The poll of 650 New Zealand employers shows 29 per cent expect to increase hiring in the fourth quarter of 2011, up from 26 per cent in the last three months. The number of employers planning to decrease hiring is at 6 per cent, down from 9 per cent in the third quarter. [...]

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Public Servant wants compensation over motel sex accident

A public servant in Australia who was accidentally injured while having sex at a motel on a work trip is appealing a finding she is not entitled to compensation. Her representative,Leo Grey, has told a federal court there was no suggestion she had engaged in any misconduct. He said her injury occurred during "an ordinary incident of life commonly undertaken in a motel room at night". The woman, who cannot be named, was injured when a glass light fitting came away [...]

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Workplace bullying claims on the rise but few are valid

The number of workers in Victoria, Australia claiming to have been bullied at work has skyrocketed, with complaints to WorkSafe Victoria more than doubling to 6000 in the past year. But no action was taken on the vast majority of complaints, as most fell well short of what constitutes workplace bullying under the law. People complained of bullying after being sacked for assaulting a manager, missing out on a pay rise or not being invited to a work party. WorkSafe's executive [...]

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