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Home News Colour me stressed: public servants stick to colouring-in guidelines
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PEOPLEEric Abetz, Michael Thawley
DEPARTMENTSDepartment of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
TAGS Department of Employment, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Mental health, Michael Thawley, workplace stress
No, it’s not a metaphor — adult colouring-in books are being issued to stressed-out public servants by well-meaning HR directorates. Reputable stress therapy, or a slap in the face to those suffering mental health issues from the workplace?
At least one publisher of adult colouring-in books has been “in talks” with some government departments according to reports earlier this year, and The Mandarin has obtained documentary proof that public servants are indeed staying between the lines.
Pictures designed for adults to colour in as a relaxing break from the stresses of work, office politics and constant morning teas have been spotted in the federal Department of Employment and Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
A photograph snapped of one public servant’s half-finished colouring effort has made its way to The Mandarin:
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Stephen Easton is a journalist at The Mandarin based in Canberra. He's previously reported for Canberra CityNews and worked on industry titles for The Intermedia Group.
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