James Adonis is one of Australia’s best-known people-management thinkers and is passionate about employee engagement. He is the co-founder and managing director of Team Leaders, a company dedicated to developing the best front-line managers. He is the author of three books including his latest, Corporate Punishment: Smashing the management clichés for leaders in a new world.

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Should penalty rates be abolished?

James Adonis There's a distinct possibility the Coalition will scrap overtime - is this a good idea?

The Lucky Country?


James Adonis No-one can stop progress - just ask Holden - but is globalisation good for Australia?

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'Burn the place to the ground'


James Adonis A fair response when the boss gets a raise after making a loss?

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A weighty issue

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James Adonis How's the Australian workplace going to look in 2030? Fat, according to new research. So what are going to do about it?

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Do grammar and spelling matter?


James Adonis They do when they save lives. “Let’s eat, grandma” versus “Let’s eat grandma”, anyone?

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HR: 'about as helpful as a hole in the head'


James Adonis Is HR just the department for smiling assassins?

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Inside the mind of a workplace sociopath

James Adonis They are everywhere. They can't help themselves and they can't be cured. But you still have to put up with them.

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I'm just a receptionist

James Adonis Hardly. It's the critical role in any business.

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Would you hire an ex-crim?


James Adonis Many businesses won't recruit people with a criminal record.

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Attracting the best and brightest

James Adonis How can you attract top talent to your business?

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Why are office kitchens so putrid?

A dirty kitchen.

James Adonis If your office kitchen is a tip, chances are your work is rubbish too.

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I'm going to get you

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James Adonis Dreaming of taking out your revenge on the boss? Join the queue.

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Get over yourself

James Adonis You may think you're powerful but your tantrums and terrorism don't get you anywhere.

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The last taboos


James Adonis Is swearing, godbothering and baby talk acceptable office behaviour?

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Shredded: the paperless office

James Adonis Paper was supposed to go the way of the typewriter. But it's being used more than ever. Why?

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Is work good for you?

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James Adonis A hard day's work is much better for us than slothing around. No really, it is.

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I am bored witless!

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James Adonis Which group is most likely to be aggressive, lethargic and deviant in their jobs?

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Workers of the world unite!


James Adonis Should workers own a slice of the business they toil for?

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It's dirty work...


James Adonis Are the jobs done by 457 visa holders beneath the average unemployed Aussie?

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Count your blessings

A female laborer carries bricks at a brick factory on the outskirts of the southern Indian city of Chennai. May Day or Labor Day will be marked on Wednesday. (Babu/Reuters)

James Adonis Be thankful you're not an Indian boy forced to apologise to your boss after your hand was cut off in a factory accident.

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