Knowing what’s genuine!


 

Not too long ago I had dinner with a friend who I had known for quite some time and although we perhaps don’t have a great deal in common, I asked her what was important about our friendship? She responded by saying that as friends we appreciate one another’s genuineness!

I have remembered this comment over the last few weeks peculiarly having started a new job and being involved with meeting  a  new group people. My job involves attending meetings which sometimes  starting as early as 7am. My   days are spent practically running non-stop and this makes it difficult to really get to know people. It’s all about survival of the fittest in the working world and how well you get on.

 For instance, who do you need to get on with to be effective in the job you are doing? Should a friendship emerge through these exchanges then that becomes a bonus, but more importantly staying aware of who is who is survival particularly when working in a cultural environment where resources are reduced and where change is a difficult process.

In the case of surgeons, however these rules simply don’t apply and each in their own way are a law only to themselves which everyone must follow. In some instances, the word being human doesn’t seem to register. That is not the case however for all physicians and the oncologists I work with are amongst the nice people you might expect to meet.

So what are the expectations of being genuine? Well, firstly it is important to be honest in your communication with a person, as of course you would expect in any friendship and simply treat them, as you would except to be treated yourself.

Most genuine people are respectful and sincere in their actions and don’t just put themselves first but think of others and are upfront about their intentions. I think if a friendship has evolved then it is possible to work through their differences along the way, which makes the relationship genuine and long lasting.

 

What do you think?

 

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Being Grateful


It has been a while since I have written in my blog because of a number of things that have happened.Firstly, like everyone in Melbourne I have been fighting the occasional flu symptom and currently winning this battle for now!

Also after a couple of interviews, I have finally found a job or perhaps the job has found me. It is an opportunity to support those working in cancer research and involves predominately recruitment of patients for a study.No doubt it will be challenging and I will need time to absorb all the new information I will be learning.

I won’t be starting for a couple of weeks however, despite being anxious to beginning my new work life. I hope to be fully prepared and energized, given that this role is full time. It will be quite a change from everything else I have been doing over the last couple of months.

All that being said, it has been the end of term at the university and marking papers has been keeping me very busy. I have also had the additional problem of trying to sort out my computer system. It is remarkable what you expect the average computer to do today and I encountered a few challenges when it came to online marking!

What you need to understand is that after having a system that is over 12 years old which has seen me faithfully through my masters, coming to terms with social media applications and coping with the old telecommunication lines in the area, this system is well and truly due for retirement!

I am very grateful that it has lasted this long and next time I write anything it will be on a new system. Given my experience, this system will have a lot to live up too!

The Glee Club still remains a highlight each week for me and Chelsea is back from Europe full of beans. The hour I spend at the Glee club is worth more than any other good feel therapy although yoga comes a close second.

In addition to doing Yoga, I recently went to a Sound Healing session, which was run by a young man who has experience working with Aboriginal Elders. I have always been drawn to sound and percussion but this was different and quite an special experience, where we laid down in a relaxation mode for an hour and half and heard the sounds of special bells allowing only our own breathing to interfere with this process.

I am not sure I would do it again, but it was a good experience at the time and allowed me to get grounded and focus after being offered a new job.

Cheers

Mmmmm

Being Grateful



 

It has been a while since I have written in my blog because of a number of things that have happened.Firstly, like everyone in Melbourne I have been fighting the occasional flu symptom and currently winning this battle for now!  

Also after a couple of interviews, I have finally found a job or perhaps the job has found me. It is an opportunity to support those working in cancer research and involves predominately recruitment of patients for a study.No doubt it will be challenging and I will need time to absorb all the new information I will be learning.

 I won’t  be starting for a couple of weeks however, despite being anxious to beginning my new work life. I hope to be fully prepared and  energized, given that this  role is full time. It will be quite a change from everything else  I have been doing over the last couple of months.

All that being said, it has been the end of term at the university and marking papers has been keeping me very busy. I have also had the additional problem of trying to sort out my computer system. It is remarkable what you expect the average computer to do today and I encountered a few challenges when it came to online marking!

What you need to understand is that after having a system that is over 12 years old which has seen me faithfully through my masters, coming to terms with social media applications and  coping with the old telecommunication lines in the area, this system is well and truly due for retirement!

I am very grateful that it has lasted this long and next time I write anything it will be on a new system. Given my experience, this system will have a lot to live up too!

The Glee Club still remains a highlight each week for me and Chelsea is back from Europe  full of beans. The hour I spend at the Glee club is worth more than any other good feel therapy although yoga comes a close second.

In addition to doing Yoga, I recently went to a Sound Healing session, which was run by a young man who has experience working with Aboriginal Elders. I have always been drawn to sound and percussion but this was different and quite an special experience, where we laid down in a relaxation mode for an hour and half and heard the sounds of special bells allowing only our own breathing to interfere with this process.

I am not sure I would do it again, but it was a good experience at the time and allowed me to get  grounded and focus after being offered a new job.  

 

Cheers

Mmmmm

Local Opportunities


It has been an interesting week or few weeks recently, with either attending job interviews or reflecting on how they went and what I really want. Nevertheless, although I have nothing solid to report on that front yet, I have been re- discovering what the local burbs have to offer and I have been pleasantly surprised!

Last week a friend and I went up to the local strip, which I can honestly say is a taste of Asia, with a number of different cuisines and styles, yet relatively inexpensive. Thrown into this mix is a wonderful local cafe offering, unique treats, wonderful coffee and an atmosphere that is down to earth and relaxing. I recently discovered that on Thursday nights they have what is called an open mic, where anyone who wants to sing and entertain can get up for as long as they like and have ago!

Well although this is not necessarily unique, I know it doesn’t happen all that often,especially in the burbs, so after we had our wonderful Malaysian food which only set us back $20.00 each we slipped across to Santucci for coffee and cake. The place was jammed with young and old and everyone was in jovial spirits. There was also one girl celebrating her 22nd birthday and everyone sang “happy birthday”.

Several people got up to perform, and all were from the local community. There was no charge for the entertainment, only for what you ate or drank. It was almost standing room only initially, but Rita the owner of the cafe, made room at the counter for my friend and I to sit until a table became available.

We set out that night with very few expectations, except to catch up, but had wonderful night and enjoyed the experience of local hospitality!

It pays to explore and keep open to local opportunities, even if it is only about finding a bargain or knowing what is going on! How often do you take advantage of what’s local?

Mmmmm

Winners and Losers


Well although I could dwell on this week’s national budget release, which left many people feeling that it was a non-event, I wonder realistically what is likely to change!
Certainly, unless you have schoolchildren, or are affected by age care issues or disability, there was little joy felt to jump up and down. And if you are currently working, the changes in super won’t give you that warm and fuzzy feeling!

How likely are the positives in the budget, going to counteract the increasing costs or downsizing that is currently going on? If the positive reforms do get through, how much of a dent, will they make to people’s lives, which are reliant on welfare? Understandable, these measures are only start and have a long way to go before they are likely to have an impact on the people who need them.
The budget also has not been too kind on the big end of town where company tax breaks have been put off or previous shelters in the super have been changed.

Despite the budget and the fall-outs that have occurred this week with Costello and Co, three people won 25 million in OZ lotto this week! They certainly were big winners. What would you have done if you had won? Did you buy a ticket?

Winning for me apart from the obvious, would have meant being able to stop worrying about the next bill rolling in, or how I would get through the next week! It would also mean that when I recovered from all the celebrating, with friends and family, I would start to think about some worthwhile projects that might do some good for all!
Surely, 25 million is more than enough for one person to live on and perhaps could be used well in other ways that would have a greater impact.

Despite not winning, I still feel like a winner because I was lucky enough to attend two job interviews. This made me feel that I was back in the job market and wanted again. It’s not to say that these jobs will come through, but I do finally feel that my energy and determination is back to start trying again. I am however aware of not trying to get too caught up in that feeling of being on roller coast ride.

The most important lesson for me this week, has been to learn to keep calm and leveled headed about what is happening, yet still believe in myself. Anyone looking for work needs to do this and not give up! So here’s wishing everyone success to feel like a winner!

Finding Inspiration



 

After a week of problems with my car, and further news of job cuts in both blue collar and white-collar areas of employment where do you find inspiration? Funnily enough towards the end of last week, it came from a visit to a recently opened gallery in Allendale! I drove up with a friend in the spur of a moment activity, because having been stuck at home and afraid to drive due to a fear of my windscreen wipers not working I was ready to break loose again and leave Melbourne behind for a couple of hours.

Our drive up was pleasant, no rain such a relief and traffic was reasonable making it a good run up. We eventually arrived at the gallery and met-up with Di the gallery owner. This gallery was not the usual sort of gallery that you might see in a main street, but was a gallery that was at the back of an old church that had been converted into a house. It was also located within a beautiful garden that also included a veggie patch and there were sculptures all over the place presumably completed by Di herself over the years. Di apparently has had one of her sculptures appear on the Australia postage stamp, quite impressive!

The gallery it appears had been a work in progress over many years, and Di now 64 was venturing into yet another new beginning with the launch of a new line of women’s clothing which were hand painted and tie dyed. Her collection of clothes is exhibited in the gallery amongst both her paintings and sculptures and her clothes appeal to women of all ages.

Meeting Di made me start to think of other people we might know personally who are achievers in their own way! They don’t necessarily get public recognition like perhaps in Di’s case, but subconsciously we should be  aware of what they do and what they mean to us. It could be your mum, friend, partner, child, niece etc who through their own way make a difference to our lives and perhaps even inspire us to do better and get on with living!

The bottom line is that everyone deserves recognition and if you can spend a minute and give this to others, image how inspiring that would be particularly during such difficult times.

 

PS Allendale Studio is at 4154 Creswick Newstead Rd Allendale Victoria Australia (Crn Ryans Junction Rd)

How Fair is Fairwork legislation?


After two years in operation, there is about to be a report released on the Fairwork Legislation by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations in May 2012. This report is expected to draw conclusion about whether or not this act is meeting its objectives and include any recommendations for the future.

Taken from the briefing paper prepared in January 2012 for comment by industry, the Fairwork Legislation Act is apparently offering new protection for workplace rights. These changes mean that the act has the potential to go further than it has previously gone.

The report covers a range of other issues, but in this blog we will discuss the subject of general claims/unfair dismissal claims.

Firstly, a general application must be made within 60 days whereas an unfair dismissal claim must be made within 14 days.There is such a disparity of time frames between these two processes that it would not be surprising to be confused, let alone have time to clearly decide on the best course of action.

Business and employer groups also report that many general protections claims could be a substitute for unfair dismissal claims by employees who are excluded from access to the unfair dismissal jurisdiction. Furthermore, the amount of damages that can be sought for a general protections claim is not capped, but it is for unfair dismissal claims.

The report released by Fairwork Australia (F.W.A) indicates that the last 2 years there appears to have been an increase in general claims occurring consequently given the above circumstances associated with the unfair dismissal laws.

F.W.A data shows an increase in usage by employees of the general protections dismissal jurisdiction. Figures released from their annual report indicated that these claims increased from 1,188 in 2009-2010 to 1,871 in the current reporting period which represents an increase of almost 60%

General claims may be on the increase but this may be directly related to the fact that that lodgement of an unfair dismissal claims in 14 days, isfar too restrictive at the present moment.
When a dismissal occurs individuals are likely to be too distressed and find it very difficult to take any appropriate action. During this time-period, they will be trying to get over the shock and so have very little opportunity to take action!

So it is of little wonder, that general claims have increased and that this situation has added to the reduced levels of productivity commented on previously. The classic example is that of recent sacked car workers last week, despite some having been employed for many years!

Stay tuned for this final report to be released in May once industry groups have made comment to Fairwork Australia. Has anyone heard of any current claims being heard and what has happened?

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