Posted on 28 March 2014

5 Bad Bosses And How To Beat Them

Being in charge isn’t easy. Running an organization takes expert knowledge of an industry, an understanding of logistics that’s based in reality and leadership qualities that forge many different personalities and expertise into a single force greater than the sum of its parts.

Those that are good at it can make life for their underlings inspiring and rewarding. Those that suck at it irk everyone and ultimately diminish the chances the organization will thrive. They may even scuttle the boat entirely.

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Unmasking the workplace neurotic

Scan the empirical literature on neuroticism and you’re bound to end up baffled that neurotics are able to get through a single workday. Characterised by anxiety, worry, guilt, envy and sadness, there is evidence to suggest they’re more deviant, more accident-prone, and more frequently absent than their colleagues.

But is it all bad news? No, not really. Some research indicates neurotics are actually:

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Wolf-whistling labourer wrongly fired

An Auckland labourer wrongly sacked from his job for sexual harassment has won a $5000 payout for the humiliation he suffered.

Barry Simpson's employer accused him of wolf-whistling and making lewd comments at a woman, according to an Employment Relation Authority (ERA) decision.

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Truckie who lost 10,000 litre tank unfairly dismissed

A truck driver who was warned about speeding before a 10,000 litre tank fell off the back of his truck has been awarded more than $4000 for unfair dismissal.

Norman Lowe was sacked from Bailey Tanks in Christchurch after two incidents, one involving speeding and the other an insecure load, in late November 2012.

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Worker 'trying to help' when arm cut

An employee labelled "clumsy" by his boss was just trying to help out a colleague when he fell on to a pane of glass.

Glenn Abel was lucky to survive a 15-centimetre shard breaking off the pane and lodging in his neck.

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Bleach attack victim fired after going public

The man subjected to a roadside bleach attack has been fired from his job at Northland Regional Council after going public about a bungled ACC report.

Mike Nager, of Kerikeri, was driving to Whangarei on June 10 last year when he pulled over for a car flashing its lights behind him. An unknown attacker threw bleach in his eyes, slashed his face with a knife, then felled him with a punch to the chest.

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Posted on 26 March 2014

7 Secrets to Creating a Great Workplace

Every manager worries about their employees at one time or another.  From sick time to work time, the bottom line of the business is to maintain a great environment so everyone can do their best.  Without a comfortable environment where employees feel they can do their job, you will find that turnover will rear its ugly head more and more often.  So what can you do as a manager to create a great workplace environment?  There are a few secrets that you can easily use to make your workplace a great one for everyone.

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Employee ordered to repay $574,000

An employee who ripped off a Catholic society for $574,000 has been ordered to repay the money.

The Hibernian Catholic Benefit Society had sued its former administration and accounting officer Susan Terri Hagai, 47, in the High Court at Wellington.

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How to separate work and home when working from home

These days more and more folks, even corporate people, work at home some or part of the time.

Two key issues need to be handled if we work without the immediate physical support of an office and the external motivation of 'going' to work. Mastery of them will dramatically increase your home-based productivity.

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