Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Keeping Your Head

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Keeping Your Head

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Byline: MY SHOUT WORDS: SIMON IRWIN

Some years ago when I was undertaking study through distance education, I did some subjects on organisational behaviour, which is a flash way of describing how people react to and respond to their work environment.

Part of the course was around workplace stress, and, much to my surprise, Christmas is a known generator of stress for everybody. On a scale of stressors, where losing a family member was 100 points, and getting sacked was say 80 points, Christmas was worth 20 points.

I suppose it does make sense -- we are under pressure for the perfect presents, perfect food, perfect behaviour, and, since human beings are involved, this quest for perfection is rarely achieved.

Which brings me to Christmas beer. Hugh the Neighbour and I have spent the past 12 months encouraging everybody to get out and try new beers. Life is too short to drink ordinary beer, and three stubbies of an interesting, tasty and complex beer is far more enjoyable (and better for one's health) than two-thirds of a carton of mass produced rubbish. …

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