Saturday, December 3, 2022

Little Tangled Webs: How to address domestic and relationship abuse

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Six months ago, I sat at my desk, staring at the blank page, thinking about the beginning of my new novel.  I am so proud for being a renowned and award winning mystery novelist, and my publisher was expecting another gritty, engaging novel that would draw readers in. I wanted something a little different for Georgiana Germaine (the protagonist and heroine of the series) this time. I wanted her to address important public agendas in my own special way. I considered the tone and theme, and more importantly, what I wanted to convey by the end of it. As I mulled different ideas around, I started thinking about important topics in the news today, what’s being talked about, and what isn’t being talked about enough.  

The time to act is now: Gender equality cannot wait 132 years

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A sobering finding from the World Economic Forum’s 2022 Global Gender Gap Report, states gender parity is beyond reach in our lifetime. According to the report, it will take 132 years for gender equality to become a reality and 151 years to close the economic participation and opportunity gender gap. Not a single country from the 146 examined has reached parity.

Australian Red Cross taps Boomi to help raise $27 million for flood victims

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Boomi™, the intelligent connectivity and automation leader, announced its support in helping Australian Red Cross raise over $27 million for flood-affected communities by enabling real-time data access throughout the Australia Unites Telethon flood relief initiative. In February, communities in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland were hit hard by severe flooding that devastated thousands of people’s homes and livelihoods.

FWX shows progress in gender equality is held back by pay gap

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Regression in the gender pay gap and a stronger pickup in male employment growth over female in the June quarter has stifled a rebound in Australia’s progress to gender equality, according to the latest Financy Women’s Index (FWX). The FWX is a quarterly measurement of the economic progress of women and timeframes to gender equality in Australia.

Personio Foundation to offer strategic support to innovative change makers

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Applications open for exceptional non-profit organisations working in the fields of climate change mitigation and education to join Personio Foundation’s Impact Portfolio. Successful organisations will receive unrestricted multi-year grants, strategic support and access to Personio HR management software for free. Also, grantees have the opportunity to help co-create our HR Accelerator and a shared community with other impact portfolio partners.

Aussie workers would take a salary cut for better work/life balance

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LinkedIn’s quarterly Workforce Confidence Index report has revealed that a third of Australian workers would consider a small pay cut if the job in question offered better work/life balance, more enjoyable work or a greater sense of fulfillment. Additionally, younger Australian workers are more likely to seek better work/life balance and more enjoyable work.

Aussie singles spend $43 billion per year on dating, up four-fold in 5 years

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Getting in touch with research from ING revealing Aussie singles are heavily invested when it comes to love, splurging $42.8bn a year on dating – an increase of $31.1 billion since 2017. Despite the recent uncertainties around the cost of living (from affordable housing to $12 iceberg lettuce) - Aussies’ dating lives are continuing to thrive. The rapid adoption of dating apps is the number one factor contributing to the surge in dating costs, with Aussies now spending half a billion a year finding ‘the one’ online, an increase from $80.7m a year in 2017.

Aussies now more open to sharing their emotions at work post-pandemic

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Showing more of our emotions at work could be the secret to better staff morale in this hybrid world of work, according to the latest research by LinkedIn, a professional network. 47% are more open at work now than before the pandemic, while two-thirds (66%) say that doing so makes them more productive and boosts feelings of belonging. This shift is also reflected on LinkedIn, which has seen a 28% rise in public conversations on the platform.

Porn might not have negative effect on how men view other women

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Abertay researchers have made a significant discovery to suggest that watching pornography (porn) may not be as detrimental to how men view romantic partners as widely believed. Contradicting widespread claims that pornography usage can impact men’s ability to form or sustain relationships, the team from Abertay’s Division of Psychology and Forensic Sciences found that much greater nuance is required when considering the real effect of on relationships, and also the extent to which heterosexual men find other women attractive.

5 tips on embracing a non-linear path to career success for your children

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Just nine per cent of global entrepreneurs have a bachelor’s degree in business, so clearly, it’s not a prerequisite for success. Then why are we often scared about taking a different, non-traditional path or trying something out of our comfort zone? That pesky fear of failure often stops us from reaching our full capabilities or from giving something a go. And the seemingly well-worn paths to success can trick us into thinking there’s only one way to get there.