No number of well-wishes or compliments preceding it can soften the word "no."
It's an old Australian industry with an even older gender divide.
Nikki Pegram doesn't remember anything that happened in the past year, but has been denied disability payments because she was able to walk 200 meters and speak without prompting.
In rural communities, local stores function as post offices, museums and social hubs. But they may not be around much longer.
For me the Disability Support Pension isn't about choosing an easy life. It means an end to the cycle of poverty-line casual jobs that made me sicker.
Breathtaking views, friendly foxes, hungry bears, casual sex in communal showers – I saw it all in my months of working at Grand Teton National Park.
We talked to some doctors about the work strains that are leading them to feel anxious and despondent.
"The contract said 15 kids. The gym was filled with about 100, who clawed at my legs, begging for balloons. Angry parents cut the line on behalf of their children. I wanted to tell them they were acting like bullies, but instead I handed them inflatable d…
It's not that they don't value women, they just don't value the work they do.
The Piangueras are a remote Colombian community who make a living collecting and selling clams found at the bottom of mangroves in the country's Pacific coast. Their work is dangerous, unregulated, and mostly carried out by kids.
The "future of work" is a rip-off for workers who live in constant fear for their jobs.
The Australian government is running grim-looking billboards across Sri Lanka in order to discourage potential asylum-seekers from making the journey by boat.
As our work and leisure time blurs together, there remains one simple way to escape the pressures and complexities of contemporary life.
By 2020, you won't have a name or a job and time itself will stop.
Tilly Lawless gave us her take on "empowerment" and why being a sex worker doesn't make her an authority on sex trafficking.
The photographer Mike Read spent time in Indonesia with the people suffering the consequences of Australia's refugee policies.
A culture of overwork is worrying government officials, who are on the brink of forcing the country's workaholics to chill out before they die from overwork.
Looking after the protection of children can be a rewarding job – when you're not receiving insults and death threats, that is.
Alex works in the central office of a non-disclosed national bank as a lender. Until last year he was using crystal meth at work. Here's how he did it.
I spoke to David Graeber, whose slogans adorned the posters, about why most work is a total waste of time.
Three men walked into a bar... and they were all pricks.
I've been working base pay jobs for a long, long time, so I thought I'd teach you what I've been taught.
A year in the shoes of a low-paid worker might give Britain's political leaders a little more perspective.
Is the country's famous workaholic culture finally changing?