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Gazza weeps for PS workplaces

By johnboy - 11 January 2013 23

Liberal Senator Gary Humphries is deeply concerned at cuts to the pot plants in the Department of Immigration and Citizenship:

For example, answers to Questions on Notice received from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship reveal that in just over four months DIAC has removed over two thirds of the plants that formerly adorned their offices.

“Despite having reneged on their promise to deliver a budget surplus, Labor’s cuts are still having a very real and very visible impact on the APS”, ACT Liberal Senator Gary Humphries said today.

“Labor continue to promise no job cuts or reduction in workplace conditions – clearly that is complete rubbish.

“Labor may want to call cuts to the APS an efficiency dividend, or in this case an ‘accommodation realignment exercise’, but public servants aren’t falling for it – they know these are just code words for cuts”.

A range of studies has shown that having plants in the workplace increases morale and productivity with one study showing productivity in an office increased 12% and employees’ blood pressure and stress levels were lowered.

Good to see he’s sticking to the big issues.

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Gazza weeps for PS workplaces
Girt_Hindrance 5:47 pm 11 Jan 13

Matt_Watts said :

Girt_Hindrance said :

If anyone is concerned about removal of office plants, just bring in your own.
A list of good office plants for oxygenation etc are listed here on page 7.
Interestingly it’s a Workcover booklet.
http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/formspublications/publications/Documents/health_and_safety_in_the_office_guide_1319.pdf

People should check with management first; a lot of agencies ban private plants because they’re not necessarily maintained by anyone, which means the potential for fruit flies or other pests on the floor.

Yep. That’s good advice, although I’ve never bothered to inform/ask anyone, and I maintain my plants quite well. I’ll also add that we’ve never had any reduction in the mass of plants in our building/s (just moved), so there’s never been that management focus on them.

Matt_Watts 4:29 pm 11 Jan 13

Girt_Hindrance said :

If anyone is concerned about removal of office plants, just bring in your own.
A list of good office plants for oxygenation etc are listed here on page 7.
Interestingly it’s a Workcover booklet.
http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/formspublications/publications/Documents/health_and_safety_in_the_office_guide_1319.pdf

People should check with management first; a lot of agencies ban private plants because they’re not necessarily maintained by anyone, which means the potential for fruit flies or other pests on the floor.

zorro29 3:39 pm 11 Jan 13

this is such a tired theme…should we revert to working in a single, un-airconditioned shed with no desks, no colour, no post-it notes, no fun, no plants, no stationery and just stare at each other all day?

the work environment is incredibly important to motivation and energy – small investments in furniture, plants etc have bigger dividends with happier and engaged workers

and thanks a lot for the post-it characters!! grrr…they’re now removed :'(

schmeah 2:41 pm 11 Jan 13

Dealing with the big workplace issues, that’s our Gazza.

Yes I like pot-plants.

Girt_Hindrance 1:26 pm 11 Jan 13

If anyone is concerned about removal of office plants, just bring in your own.
A list of good office plants for oxygenation etc are listed here on page 7.
Interestingly it’s a Workcover booklet.
http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/formspublications/publications/Documents/health_and_safety_in_the_office_guide_1319.pdf

gentoopenguin 1:18 pm 11 Jan 13

Garry should expand his concern to all those 20-something year old potheads who are now out of work since there are no more plants to water at immi…

NoImRight 12:54 pm 11 Jan 13

The guy who waters ours is creepy. When did Gary become a spokesman for the PS anyway?

Rusalka 12:51 pm 11 Jan 13

Under the Libs we had all our pot plants removed in my old workplace (under the arch of DEST at the time). Bet Gary didn’t give two hoots pot plant productivity then.

A_Cog 12:47 pm 11 Jan 13

Gary “trail blazer” Humphries has a record of speaking on issues everyone else thinks are pathetic. Don’t forget that this Senator who allegedly represents the people of the ACT is the same clown who tabled an anti-muslim petition in the Senate chamber railing against refugees who weren’t Christians… But the petition was from three racist people in Sydney, which is firmly in NSW. As much of a joke as Zed is, I really hope the rumours are true, and Gaz gets rolled for Zed to replace him. However slight, it would be an improvement.

thebrownstreak69 12:01 pm 11 Jan 13

FWIW, I really like having indoor plants in the workplace. They seem to make the place more focussed and yet relaxed.

dtc 11:50 am 11 Jan 13

The trouble with APS plants is that they are just like the rest of the office fit out – cheap as possible, barely alive, bland and all the same. Plus they are often in the way as more desks are crammed into smaller and smaller spaces. If the plants were interesting their absence might be noted.

I have to say, when I walk into some APS offices immediately my motivation and energy levels seep out into the grey dividers and life becomes sadder. Painting the ‘tea room’ (sink) in purple or rust does not solve the problem.

And its been said before – its a bit much for Humphries to complain about any budget cuts given his party’s position on govt spending.

Jim Jones 11:41 am 11 Jan 13

Is this the same Gary Humphries from the Liberal Party that keeps promising to slash the living bejesus out of the public service?

mossrocket 11:41 am 11 Jan 13

It’s a shame they don’t also remove the asbestos…

DrKoresh 11:20 am 11 Jan 13

What a tool. “One study…” No possible way that single study was an outlier, Gary?

bikhet 11:00 am 11 Jan 13

OK Gazza, pot plants, which require continued maintenance, are OK but a few Post-It notes aren’t?

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