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Surprising insights into the work habits of employees during their annual leave

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As workplaces gear up for the return to business as usual after the holidays, a recent research study has unearthed surprising insights into the work habits of employees during their annual leave.

The study, which surveyed over 1,000 workers and is nationally representative, has found that a staggering 78% of respondents struggle to disconnect from work-related messages and notifications while on vacation.

Furthermore, the digital itch is apparent, with 83% of workers admitting to sneaking a peek at work-related emails and messages even when spending holidays with loved ones.

These findings shed light on why over a third (37%) of Australian employees have set a goal for 2024 to unplug from work during their days off.

Research initiative

Frank Mondello, General Manager of Coffs Harbour Airport, shared insights into the motivation behind this research initiative, stating, “We know Aussies are hard workers, so we were curious to explore this further, along with the role the Coffs Coast can play in providing a natural antidote to their busy lives.

Within minutes of landing at Coffs Harbour, travelers have access to a plethora of outdoor experiences right at the airport’s doorstep.”

The survey also revealed that 60% of working Australians aspire to spend more time in nature this year, with significantly more workers from New South Wales and Victoria prioritizing outdoor experiences as a New Year’s goal compared to those from Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Mondello emphasized the Coffs Coast’s potential in this regard, saying, “The Coffs Coast has been officially recognized as the first certified ECO Tourism Destination in New South Wales, thanks to its abundant outdoor offerings.

“The airport allows travelers to maximize their long weekends or annual leave by flying directly into a destination where they can engage in activities such as stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, hiking, surfing, or simply unwinding in the fresh air with a good book. We are on a mission, in collaboration with the local tourism industry, to help busy Aussie workers find their ‘Coff Switch.'”

This tourism initiative aims to capture the attention of travelers, as Coffs Harbour Airport takes the lead in promoting visitation to a region that has long been overshadowed by crowded beach holiday destinations on the East Coast.

Fly-drive holidays

Mondello also highlighted the affordability of fly-drive holidays, stating, “Seventy-six percent of respondents said they would consider flying to Coffs Harbour for a holiday in the next 12 months.

“We also know that car hire costs have reduced as supply chain pressures have eased, making a fly-and-drive holiday more accessible to many. We are confident that a joint industry effort will lead to increased aviation access to the region.”

City of Coffs Harbour Mayor Cr Paul Amos expressed enthusiasm for this new push, saying, “Coffs Harbour is the ideal place for Aussies to disconnect, spend quality time in the great outdoors, and savor our burgeoning food and drink scene.

“The region’s tourism industry is experiencing a renaissance, with new accommodations and experiences giving travelers fresh reasons to visit. Coffs Harbour Airport’s proactive approach to encouraging travelers to find their ‘Coff Switch’ is a win-win for the region and for busy Australians.”

Additional findings from the research include:

– New South Wales (88%) and Victoria (86%) have some of the highest proportions of workers who sneakily check work-related content while on holiday with loved ones.
– Among the generational workforce, millennials aged 35-44 find it most challenging to disconnect from work messages and notifications during holidays (87%), compared to 66% of working baby boomers (aged 65+).
– In New South Wales, 84% of workers find it difficult to switch off from emails and other work-related messages while on vacation.
– Both women and men are equally likely to sneak a peek at work-related emails and notifications while on holiday (85% and 83%, respectively).
– Thirty-eight percent of workers aspire to spend more time with family in 2024, with this figure slightly higher in New South Wales at 42%, and a striking 88% of Tasmanians eager to spend more quality time with their families.

The research findings highlight the challenge many Australian workers face in finding the elusive ‘Coff Switch’ that allows them to truly unwind during their holidays.

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The world’s worst airlines revealed as budget carrier takes infamous title

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In a recent survey conducted by UK consumer advocate Which?, the world’s worst airlines have been exposed, with a budget airline clinching the dubious honour.

For the second consecutive year, a European carrier has earned the title of the worst airline globally, as voted by passengers. Wizz Air, a Hungarian-based budget airline, has garnered the unfortunate distinction, according to the survey encompassing feedback from over 10,000 flights predominantly used by British travelers.

British Airways, a prominent name in the aviation industry, surprisingly found itself among the ‘worst’ for both long and short-haul travel, securing the 14th and 15th positions, respectively, out of 17 carriers.

Customer service

The survey, which gauged travelers’ experiences over the past year, evaluated airlines based on criteria such as customer service, value for money, seat comfort, and food and drink quality.

Wizz Air faced severe criticism for its dismal performance in various aspects, including delays and subpar customer service.

One passenger lamented the airline’s communication difficulties when seeking assistance, dubbing it “impossible” to reach.


Scoring merely one out of five stars for customer service and no more than two stars in any other category, Wizz Air was denoted as the lowest-scoring airline.

The report highlighted dissatisfaction among customers, with 44% reporting encountering some form of problem during their Wizz Air flights.

Budget carrier

In stark contrast, Jet2.com, a UK budget carrier, claimed the top spot in the ‘best short-haul economy airlines’ category, followed closely by Icelandair, Norwegian, Turkish Airlines, and Longanair.

Surprisingly, Qantas was the sole Australian carrier to make it to the list, securing the fifth position in the ‘best long-haul economy airlines’ category.

Despite receiving commendable ratings in various categories such as customer service, seat comfort, and value for money, Qantas lagged in punctuality, with only 43% of its flights recorded as on time.

The best

Singapore Airlines emerged as the leader in the ‘best long-haul economy airlines’ category, closely trailed by Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, and Qatar Airways.

Notably, Emirates garnered praise for its punctuality, with three-quarters of its flights arriving within 15 minutes of the scheduled time.

Meanwhile, British Airways faced criticism across the board, ranking low in each category.

Experts suggest that British Airways’ struggle to maintain standards while competing with low-cost carriers has led to a decline in customer satisfaction.

With these revelations, the aviation industry faces scrutiny over service quality, punctuality, and overall customer experience, underscoring the importance of continual improvement to meet travelers’ expectations.

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Police unravel timeline in alleged double murder case

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Police have reconstructed a detailed timeline surrounding the suspected double murder of Jesse Baird and Luke Davies, shedding light on the chilling events that unfolded last week.

Allegedly, a serving NSW Police officer procured an angle grinder and weights to aid in disposing of the bodies of Jesse Baird and Luke Davies.

Gunshots were reportedly heard in the vicinity of Mr. Baird’s Paddington residence around the time of the alleged murders last Monday, according to police sources.

Beau Lamarre-Condon, the accused, purportedly made “partial admissions” to a friend regarding his involvement in the shooting deaths, according to police statements.

Prior to becoming a police officer, Lamarre-Condon was a celebrity blogger

Yet to be found

Despite extensive efforts, the bodies of Mr. Baird, a former Channel 10 presenter, and his partner, Mr. Davies, a Qantas flight attendant, have yet to be located.

Police divers are currently combing a rural property with multiple dams in Bungonia, regional NSW, in search of evidence.

Since surrendering himself to authorities on Friday morning, Mr. Lamarre-Condon, 28, has not cooperated with investigators.

However, detectives plan to conduct further interviews with him today.

Moved the bodies

Police suspect that Mr. Lamarre-Condon may have relocated the bodies multiple times before turning himself in.

Assistant Commissioner David Hudson outlined the timeline pieced together by investigators.

Neighbors reported hearing gunshots in Brown St, Paddington, at approximately 9:50 am on Monday, February 19, which had not been initially reported to the authorities.

According to police allegations, Mr. Lamarre-Condon signed out a service weapon from Miranda police station four days before the purported murders and returned it the following day.

A triple-0 call was purportedly made from Mr. Baird’s phone around 9:54 am on Monday, but the call abruptly ended without any communication.

Furthermore, text messages were sent from Mr. Baird’s phone to his housemates the next day, indicating that he was relocating to Perth.

However, police assert that these messages were actually sent by Mr. Lamarre-Condon, Mr. Baird’s former boyfriend.

Angle grinder

Mr. Lamarre-Condon allegedly purchased an angle grinder and padlock from a local hardware store before driving to a rural property, where he is suspected to have transported the victims’ bodies in a rented van.

Police believe Mr. Lamarre-Condon returned to the rural property alone to move the bodies after suspicions arose regarding his friend’s knowledge of the events.

Additional purchases, including weights from a department store, were allegedly made in the following days.

The accused reportedly remained in control of the van and visited various locations, including a friend’s premises in Newcastle, before eventually surrendering himself to authorities.

Friends ‘didn’t know’

Assistant Commissioner Hudson disclosed that Mr. Lamarre-Condon had not disclosed his employment as a police officer to his friends, and there were reports of him using a key to access Mr. Baird’s home in the past.

An investigation is underway to ascertain how Mr. Lamarre-Condon retained possession of his service weapon for several days.

Commissioner Karen Webb emphasized that if the allegations against Mr. Lamarre-Condon are proven true, it represents a significant failure on the part of law enforcement.

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What will the collaboration between ASEAN & China achieve?

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China have reached a mutual agreement to reduce barriers hindering the flow of services between the two parties.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese arrives at the ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia November 11, 2022.

Mutual agreement

The agreement, announced after a series of discussions, aims to boost trade relations and create a more conducive environment for the services sector.

The accord signifies a commitment to cutting red tape and regulatory obstacles that have historically impeded the growth of services trade between ASEAN member states and China.

Shared interests

The collaborative effort is expected to lead to increased market access and improved conditions for service providers, promoting healthy competition and innovation.

This move aligns with the broader regional trend of breaking down trade barriers and fostering stronger economic ties.

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