• Work

    Are You Part of the 85% Disengaged at Work?

    Hi guys – what’s up! How’s your week going? Mine’s alright except I’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently. Oh no – here we go… Wait! Hear me out. No, I’d rather go play hopscotch with Peggy the one-legged giraffe. … Look this’ll be quick. Fine, but hurry up – Peggy’s waiting. OK I’ll try… You see, I read a pretty concerning report recently, on the state of the workplace, and of management practices used in many organisations. It was orchestrated by Gallup (one of the world leaders in data analytics and consulting for big corporates when it comes to brand perception, attitudes and behaviours from customers, to employees…

  • Work

    Can You Handle Three Jobs At Your Employer?

    “Hey TheFrugalSamurai – can you do this soon as you can, right now?” Whoa, we’re not in Kansas anymore ladies and gentlemen. If there was any indication that we are back to the grind, and away from the hedonism of South East Asia – the delivery and intonation of that message from the big boss on Monday morning brought me straight back to Earth. Mind you, when I woke up – I was tempted to take the greatest of Australian traditions and “pull the sickie” – which essentially means you call your boss on Monday morning to feign a life-threatening illness, obtain a miraculous recovery by Monday afternoon and walk…

  • Life,  Work

    What Does Your Heart Say?

    “But… why can’t we buy this?” This was the question pre-adolescent me would often ask my parents growing up in our small two-bedroom flat by the tracks. Because we can’t afford it.  The same response, over and over. This line of thinking was ingrained in me for so long that whenever a decision is required to be made – inevitably “I can’t afford it”. Should I start my own business? Nope, stick with your job instead, you can’t afford to quit. Should I invest in the stock market? Nope, people can lose their whole fortune investing, you can’t afford to invest. Should I talk to that girl? Nope, she won’t…

  • Work

    Work, work

    Hi guys! Told you I’d be back soon! Eck – not this fuckwit again. Wait, hang on a minute – I just said hi. Had enough of you wacko smacko. Gee, someone is in a mood tonight. That’s right guys – I am in a mood tonight, the mood to PARTY PEOPLE, WOOP THERE IT IS. No wait, what am I saying, I’m not in the mood to party at all – I’m just delirious from jet lag still. But it’s been 4 days? How can you still be jet-lagged? Isn’t it a 3hr time difference? Sigh, I know – I’ve been trying to cure it with 5 hours of…

  • Work

    Hump Day

    Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho it’s off to work we go. Hello again friends! Heigh Ho indeed for most of us although luckily it’s Wednesday which means HUMP DAY! Hump day’s term came about because you know naturally the seven day week is like a camel, and Wednesday which falls in the middle is the “hump” or midpoint of the week, get over this hump and it’s a smooth downhill ride to Thursday and then it’s FRIDAY BITCHES and the promised land of weekend goodness. But sir, what if you have a two-humped camel? … sigh, life is hard. Hump day was not named after this camel. When did this concept of…