Former US Ambassador opens Integrity20 in style

Alumni
With a healthy dose of humour and insightful observations, Jeff Bleich delivered a memorable keynote address to launch Griffith University’s annual Integrity20 event at the Queensland Conservatorium. The former US Ambassador to Australia, whom former Prime Minister Paul Keating described as the best to have held the post, Mr Bleich spoke on issues from integrity, technology, […]
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Business and government

‘Just listen…!’: employee voice, Bundaberg Hospital & robo-debt recovery

In 2005, Bundaberg Base Hospital (BBH) made world news after Surgeon Jayant Patel was arrested over the deaths of patients on whom he operated as Director of Surgery at the Hospital. Patel was alleged to have caused at least 18 deaths through negligence.  While medical staff making mistakes is not a new phenomena this was […]
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Centre for Work Organisation and Wellbeing

Five minutes with…Amanda Biggs

Understanding the relationship between employee-employer interactions, employee health and employer-level mechanisms such as policies, leadership style and culture, underpins Dr Amanda Biggs’ research. We spent five minutes with Amanda to learn a little more… In what area/s do your current research interests lie? In addition to examining the mechanisms underlying the [aforementioned] relationships, I am […]
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Business and government

Post-doc research continues to break down employee voice

After wrapping up her PhD dissertation on the management of employee voice, the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing welcomes Dr Paula Mowbray as Griffith University’s newest Postdoctoral Research Fellow. “It’s fantastic. It’s the ideal opportunity!” said Mowbray. “It’s brilliant to continue with the flow of what I have been doing [as a PhD candidate] […]
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Centre for Work Organisation and Wellbeing

The undiscovered value of Indigenous workers

Despite well-intentioned engagement programs, some Australian businesses are underestimating the value of human capital within the Indigenous workforce, according to Griffith University PhD candidate Lorraine Tulele.
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Centre for Work Organisation and Wellbeing

Introverts and extroverts: how should companies be training both?

When managing a diverse workforce full of distinct personalities, it may be a challenge to create a one-fits-all training solution, especially if your industry relies on the creativity of your employees. Now a new study is shedding light on this problem and says what may be best for extroverts may not be the same for […]
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Business and government

Five minutes with…Kaye Broadbent

WOW’s Dr Kaye Broadbent wants to shine a light on the employment conditions of those who are vulnerable and oppressed. Her research works towards affecting positive change by highlighting the ways in which people’s lives can be improved through equitable and just employment conditions. We caught up with Kaye to learn a little more about […]
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Centre for Work Organisation and Wellbeing

Link between organisational citizenship behaviour, non-preferred tasks and job design

When we talk to human resource (HR) managers about what constitutes a job, most point to the many different tasks their organisation expects employees to fulfill as a part of their role. Managers are told to make jobs interesting and the focus of managers and academics has been on allocating tasks that are interesting and […]
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Education

Autistic children in Logan to benefit from new Griffith-hosted facility

Autistic children in Logan to benefit from new Griffith-hosted facility.
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Centre for Work Organisation and Wellbeing

Traffic and transport psychology: what’s work got to do with it?

The sixth International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology (ICTTP) brought nearly 400 delegates from 36 countries together 2-5 August, including researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, and industry specialists from the fields of public health, law, medicine, economics, law enforcement, public policy, education, human factors and applied psychology. Held every four years since 1996, ICTTP has achieved […]
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Centre for Work Organisation and Wellbeing

Staying flexible: meeting the needs of employees and businesses

As the workforce evolves, and new pressures build on employees, the need for a better work-life balance can be more apparent in many industries today. That was a key discussion point at the Griffith Business School Alumni Network & Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing’s seminar on flexible working arrangements Friday. “There’s quite a bit […]
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Business and government

Flexible workplaces deliver optimal employee performance

In today’s increasingly global, 24/7 workplace, the need for maintaining a work-life balance has never been more important. The Griffith Business School Alumni Network and the Centre for Work Organisation and Wellbeing (WOW) will explore issues related to flexible working arrangements for the Australian workforce with an interactive panel over breakfast tomorrow (Friday 12 August) in […]
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Alumni

Working arrangements: choice is key to work-life balance

It’s simple: people want choice in how they work. That’s the main philosophy driving Sunshine Coast Private Hospital General Manager Wallis Westbrook’s attitudes to flexible working arrangements. He is a strong believer in workplaces being adaptable to their employees’ needs and will be discussing his views as one of three key speakers at the Griffith […]
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Centre for Work Organisation and Wellbeing

The risks posed by mavericks in the workplace

Entrepreneurs are often seen as mavericks who take risks and win, but Griffith University researcher Dr Elliroma Gardiner has also uncovered a dark side to this dynamic human behaviour.
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Business and government

When a happy workplace doesn’t work

What would you rather have in your workplace: a happy environment where co-workers celebrate their birthdays with a singalong over a supermarket sponge cake, or simply fewer frustrations?
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Centre for Work Organisation and Wellbeing

‘Wanna play on my team?’: Interdisciplinary research success recognised

Front line managers (FLMs). They’re the first tier of person in a workplace with supervisory responsibilities (and the ones who usually show up when you want to “…speak to the manager please”!). A team of researchers from the Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources and the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing (WOW), were […]
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Centre for Work Organisation and Wellbeing

The state of work-life balance across Australasia

Work-life balance (WLB) research employs multiple definitions and means of measurement. Essentially though it is the interaction of demands that arise from work and non-work environments, and the variation of these demands between countries and cultures is the focus of a recently co-authored book chapter by Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing  (WOW) and Menzie’s […]
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Centre for Work Organisation and Wellbeing

The hidden role of site managers: influencing construction workers’ eating habits

SNAPO indicators – a catchy acronym used in health circles for behavioural risk factors associated with cardiovascular and other chronic diseases: Smoking, Nutrition, Alcohol, Physical activity, and Overweight and obesity. A team of researchers, led by WOW’s Dr Rebecca Loudoun, surveyed 186 workers on six new or refurbishing mixed residential, office and retail building sites operated by the same firm around Brisbane […]
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