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Curiosity or Catastrophe – How managers can impact employees in the second wave

Curiosity or Catastrophe – How managers can impact employees in the second wave

Remember, as a manager you’ve had some practice at this in lockdown one, and whilst it feels different, there is a constant here.
Whether you’re just getting started or have been running your business for years, making the decision to hire your first employee is a significant one, especially today in a time of increased uncertainty.

How to know when it’s time to bring on an extra pair of hands...

Whether you’re just getting started or have been running your business for years, making the decision to hire your first employee is a significant one, especially today in a time of increased uncertainty.
Productivity: Hacks, habits and routines to efficiently and effectively run businesses

Productivity power up: Hacks, habits and routines to ensure businesses run efficiently and effectively

Even if we’re the most efficient, organised, time-management obsessed humans, it’s meaningless unless we’re also being effective.
Turn your human firewall from the weakest link to your biggest asset - Barracuda

How you can turn your human firewall from the weakest link into your biggest...

The best approach is to implement a simulation and training program to improve security awareness for your users.

Why diversifying is important in investing

Diversification is like having your fingers in every pie. It is all about having an array of assets that react differently to the same economic event.
The threat remote working presents to company culture post-COVID-19

The threat that remote working presents to company culture in post-COVID-19 times

Leaders should take this rare moment in time to consider how their systems, processes, procedures, decisions and actions align to their overall purpose and values.
Open Banking is the first step in fixing a bigger problem - Lumi

Open Banking is the first step in fixing a bigger problem – an SMB...

Open Banking data being utilised will help somewhat, but the franking credit system heavily incentivizes investment into equities.
Digitising the packaging industry during the COVID-19 crisis - Packform

Digitising the packaging industry during the COVID-19 crisis: a startup co-founder’s take

As we head towards a new normal post-pandemic, the need to embrace change in the digital world is now greater than ever.
King Kong's Sabri Suby interviewed on marketing and how to grow a business

King Kong’s Sabri Suby interviewed on marketing and how to grow a business

With a service so measurable, I just couldn’t understand why agencies were hiding behind vanity metrics like impressions and click-through rates.
Remote Control for startups in the “new normal”: Succeeding with remote teams

Remote Control for startups in the “new normal”: Lessons from those who have succeeded...

Remote working must be a deliberate and well thought out model that, like all aspects of startup life, is a process of refinement and iteration to land on the most effective way of working.

Business after COVID-19: What does the future of packaging look like post-pandemic?

The packaging industry has demonstrated its ability to adapt. It is perfectly placed to re-inject confidence into consumerism and contribute to our recovery beyond the pandemic.

Creating a new colour palette of business KPI’s – transactional and human

Before you get caught up in rolling out the old canvas of well-worn and at worst tired measurement based KPI’s, how about starting with a blank canvas and pigments that represent both the technical and human (behavioural) measures of success?

Key predictions for the post COVID-19 transformation of flexible workspaces

For many employers, single headquarters with high densities in an open plan environment no longer seems like the best idea post COVID-19, and many will need to re-think their strategies to cater for what I call a “distributed workforce” model.

How to (re)build your team’s culture in a post-lockdown Australia

As Australia slowly begins its march out of strict lockdown, it’s time for business leaders to refocus their energies on rebuilding their team’s culture from the ground up.

The top small business tax deductions to keep in mind this financial year

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) recently said it’s expecting a ‘tax time like no other’. That’s because, in the wake of an...
offshoring

How COVID-19 has exposed the cracks in Australia’s offshoring strategies

COVID-19 exposed the cracks in offshoring strategies and demonsrated how unprepared companies were to support ongoing operations in the face of widespread labour shortages. Could digital workers be the answer?

Here are six steps to follow in preparing for the post-COVID retail spring

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease across Australia, retailers in towns, cities and rural areas across the country will start to think of the steps they must take in preparation for a return to ‘business as usual’.

When the economy picks up again, which market categories will surge first?

Markets progress through calculable patterns cycling through expansions and contractions, and consumers respond in predictable ways. Things might be worse than normal given the nature of a pandemic, but things always get better.
modern slavery

Economy vs. ethics: How COVID-19 can push modern slavery into the Australian supply chain

Findings from the Global Slavery Index estimate there were approximately 15,000 people living in “conditions of modern slavery” in Australia in 2016.
hospitality

Hospitality post-COVID: How to remain profitable with restricted customers

Through careful consideration and planning, businesses can start to rebuild steady profits during the transition back to ‘business as usual’.

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Have something to sell but hate sales people? You have a...

Phil Anderson is an ex-bodybuilder who gave up the weights to pursue a career in property investment. So, what do these two seemingly distinct career...

INFOGRAPHICS

New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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