Stress envy

Frantically busy? Stress has been called “today’s essential badge of status and success”. In fact, stress sparks such awe that analysts talk of “stress envy”.

Stress envy means the office workaholic verging on burnout could be treated as a role model. Apparently, it is impressive to be wedded to 24-hour connectivity. Apparently, it is cool to multitask like a maniac, yapping into a mobile phone while grappling with social media updates and directing the intern.

Such intense displays of commitment can be seen as bragging because they show the showoff is in demand – a winner. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald..



Office bullying horror stories

The attack came “out of the blue”, says Mosman-based entrepreneur Lara Solomon, 36. One day in 2000, when she worked at a pharmaceutical company and thought she was doing fine, two managers cornered her. The managers harangued Solomon non-stop for two hours.

They slammed every side of her behaviour from the time she arrived and left to what she wore, which was apparently not formal enough; they wanted her in a suit.

“I just sat there and took it,” Solomon says, but admits she was devastated. The rebuke she received eclipses any tirade in Hollywood black comedy Horrible Bosses. Reports of real reprimands suggest that, despite the apparent virtue of openness, sometimes the silent treatment – being “iced out” – beats vocal criticism. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald

Room to move: how to create a bigger office

Does your office feel small, even poky? If so, take heart because you can easily make it feel roomier without taking a sledgehammer to the walls.

“It just takes some creative thinking about what makes spaces look lighter, brighter, and bigger,” says staging professional Amy Bly. Without much toil, Bly says, you can make the room where you work look “several times more spacious and cheerier”. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald…

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