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Learning and Development Doesn’t Stop with COVID-19

COVID-19 is driving new flexible working arrangements within organisations as more employees begin to work from home for extended periods. These pressures are leading to fresh workplace challenges, obstacles and demands, which can result in key learning programs being put on the backburner. But not being able to meet face-to-face doesn’t mean that your organisation’s learning & development or diversity & inclusion agenda needs to stop as well. Instead, through leveraging the full potential of

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Aesthetic Labour in the Workplace: A Woman’s Burden

Picture this: you’re getting ready for work in the morning. You wake up, shower, put on your clothes, and… go. Sounds normal, right? Well, if you’re a woman working in the corporate sector, the story is a little different. Women face pressure to maintain their appearance and achieve a certain ‘look’ when it comes to gaining and keeping employment. This phenomenon is not new and has been hindering women in the pursuit of equality since

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How a simple act of inclusion saved BlueScope hundreds of thousands of dollars

Acts of real inclusion happen in the most unusual places. This one was on a Coke Ovens Battery, and it saved BlueScope thousands of dollars in costs each year. As David Bell, general manager of BlueScope’s Port Kembla operations tells it, the efforts of a manager to understand and act on the ideas of an engineer from a non-English speaking background has already produced documented savings of over $1million between their Baghouse and Oven Filling

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The Precarious Glass Cliff

So you’ve made it past the glass ceiling. But what of the glass cliff? Back in 2003 a Times article in London reported that top companies with women on their boards of directors experienced decreased annual share price compared to companies with boards with less, or even no women. Sounds suspicious? Michelle Ryan, Professor of social and organisational psychology at the University of Exeter, investigated and instead found the reverse – organisations that were already

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Sex and Emotions

Not that sex! Sex as in woman and man, and the question “are women more emotional than men?” Conventional wisdom, pan cultural stereotypes, and readily available examples, all tell us that women are more emotional than men. But are they? Women score higher than men on neuroticism trait scales, which ask respondents about their tendency to experience negative emotions “in general”. But, studies that assess the actual experience of negative emotions, such as distress, frustration,

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Mary Magdalene: A Victim of Backlash?

Anyone familiar with the story of Jesus will know of Mary Magadalene, the fallen women forgiven and raised up by Jesus. A childless prostitute who provides a contrast to the purity of Mary, the Virgin mother of Jesus. One to demonstrate God’s forgiveness, through Jesus, and the other the exemplar of the chaste good women to which all girls should aspire. None of this comes, literally, from the Bible, but was started in the sixth

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