Consumerism, Toxic Custard newsletter, Working life

Does your super match your values?

The wave of climate protests (the Climate Strike a few weeks ago, and to a lesser extent the Extinction Rebellion last week) are a good reminder that although our current political masters (especially at the Federal level in Australia) are keen to do nothing, pretty soon a large mass of people who want action will be joining the electoral roll and voting. Oh, the politicians may claim they're

Toxic Custard newsletter, Working life

Advice for job applicants

I've been really busy this week, and haven't had time to prepare another blog post, so here's some borrowed content for you. This is from a good friend. She works for a company I won't name, and is in a position where she does a bit of hiring -- or at least, filtering through the CVs that arrive in response to job ads. Dear Applicant, I'd like to interview you, really I would. You are intere

Clothes, Working life

Shirts

A bit over a year ago I stopped wearing a tie to work, mostly because nobody else at work wears a tie. When you wear ties, they can be the distinguishing feature in your work attire. When the tie is gone, it's harder to get away with, for instance, wearing white shirts every day. So I've bought a bunch of different coloured/striped/checked shirts. Stocktake sale time is a good time to st

News and events, Working life

Why today is a holiday

It's Labour Day today in Victoria, marking the reduction in working hours during the 19th century to 8 hours, and the relaxation of working conditions, which in the 1840s were strict: Conditions of the time were governed by the Master and Servant Act. Employees in Australia in 1840 who left their employment without permission were subject to being hunted down under the Bushrangers Act. As littl

Geek, Working life

The lifts

The other day some colleagues were having a little rant about the lifts, which in recent weeks have been performing badly. I blogged about this ages ago -- in many buildings the problem is not the position or size of the lifts, but how they're programmed. Evidently in 13 years, not much has changed. Apart from simply responding to the call button, lifts should have a few basic assumptions pr

Health, Working life

The health check

Apparently there have been some alarming results from the workplace health checks underway at the moment. Victorian workers have been given a scare by a State Government-run health program which has found a high percentage donโ€™t exercise enough with a number of people asked to see a doctor within 24 hours. We've had ours on Friday (everybody opted-in, I think), and we seem to be a pretty hea

Clothes, Working life

Ties

I have a love-hate relationship with ties. When I started my working life in 1993, almost all white-collar male workers wore ties. Over the years this has dropped somewhat, and I'd hazard a guess that perhaps around 30% now do so. I still wear a tie. I switched a few years ago to a Windsor Knot, and this is what I've taught my kids to use now they wear ties in high school. Apparently some of

music, Working life

The Loud list

At work I have a "Loud" play list, for when things are noisy in the office and I need to concentrate on something. Loudness helps, but an all-encompassing sound is even better for when I need to drown out other noise. Most artists in my collection have at least a few loud songs, but some which have more than others and are more prominent on the list, such as: The Living End Led Zeppelin