Six questions to find out if your work is working for you.

When thinking about their ideal job, most people think about pay, how far they have to travel, their career path, or what ‘work perks’ they get. But research shows the things that actually make a job great are some ‘work related factors’ that might not be on your list at all. 

Ask yourself these 6 questions that will get you thinking about whether your work is actually working for you. 

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Pilfering in the Workplace

You have been in your job for a number of months and are settling in and enjoying the work. You start to notice that your direct supervisor and a couple of your older workmates regularly load up their trucks on a Friday with materials from the worksite.

Do you…

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Favouritism in the workplace

At your café job, it seems that the boss always gives preference to some staff over others. They get the best shifts, avoid the worst tables, and always seem to be laughing and joking with the boss.

Do you…

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Bullying in the workplace

You see one of the supervisors giving another apprentice a hard time, it seems to happen every morning when they arrive on-site – they are too late, or too early, or have brought the wrong tools, worn the wrong clothes – nothing they do seems right. You know this is actual bullying, rather than normal behaviour, because it has been going on for a few months, repeatedly targeting one person, and you can see how it is upsetting the apprentice.

Do you…

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What’s your role in creating a mentally healthy workplace?

A typical job description is usually about the responsibilities and duties of the job, but what responsibilities and duties do managers and young people have to both themselves, and other workers, to ensure they are contributing to an emotionally safe workspace?

We’ve asked young people what they look for in an ideal supervisor, and asked managers what they would like to see in their employees. See the job descriptions below and see how you are contributing to a positive and productive working environment.

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Code of Conduct

A group of construction and office workers standing together and smiling.

A Code of Conduct is a document that specifies how a business expects all employees to behave and conduct themselves whilst in the workplace. The main aim of a Code of Conduct is to provide a minimum guide and expectations to staff regarding their conduct. 

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Workplace Behaviour

An employee upset and making a scene in an office environment

The aim of a Workplace Behaviour Policy is to detail the standards, values and expectations for appropriate behaviour in the workplace, and in particular an employee’s obligation to contribute to a safe and pleasant work environment that is free from discrimination, bullying and harassment.

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3 tips to improve workplace culture

Listen to Chris White unpack 3 steps to improving workplace culture; Unblock Communication, Become Responsive, Aim Higher.

A positive workplace culture doesn’t happen accidentally. Creating an environment where employees feel supported, motivated, and appreciated requires time and consideration.

Source: TEDtalk

Occupational Health & Safety

Man falling off ladder on a construction site

An Occupational Health and Safety Policy is considered to be one of the most important policies to enable workplace success. The intention of an Occupational Health and Safety Policy is to ensure that the workplace is an environment that is accident-free, safe and healthy, always implements safe working methods, and provides safe work equipment.

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