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How universities boost economic growth

The second half of the 20th century saw explosive economic growth and also a huge increase in universities – new research shows the two are related.
If businesses meet the needs of their employees they will feel like they are growing and will be more productive, research suggests.

How happiness improves business results

Happy employees, whose basic needs are met, are essential to a productive business.
Better office design is not just about shaping space around tasks we do.

Business Briefing: a better way to design an office

Business Briefing: a better to design an office. The Conversation13.9 MB (download)
Research shows that many building codes don't designate the maximum number of people that should fit in an office, but that's not the only problem with standard office design.
Under construction: it’s extremely hard to measure productivity in construction or any other sector. AAP Image/Richard Wainwright

Budget explainer: the problem with measuring productivity

Voters will hear a lot about productivity in the lead up to the budget. The key thing to remember is that it's a very rubbery concept, enormously tricky to measure and highly politicised.
There are definite costs of mental illness in the workplace but the return on investment in a mentally healthy workplace can be a big boost to the bottom line. Rob/flickr

Australians are spending more on mental health services and employers need to take notice

New data shows Australians are spending more on mental health services and with costs to business in the millions, it's time employers realised good mental health is good for the bottom line too.

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