With the intensity of competition across many industries, financial institutions such as ANZ need to be agile and respond to changes quickly to maintain business.
The agile working style was originally designed by tech companies for efficiency in software development but now one of Australia's big four banks wants to implement this.
The Haymarket affair saw workers protesting for a 40-hour working week.
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It’s time to update the old agenda of the 19th century: less working time and more money for all, in the form of shorter work days and a universal basic income.
If we want to stop kicking the innovation football back and forth – we need to move industry policy to a more prominent place in the political agenda.
The federal government spends over A$10 billion plus a year on industry policies but we have little idea how effective they have been. Programs are regularly dropped before we even know if they work. Think…
Drinking coffee at work has a range of benefits.
Workplace productivity is about more than fancy gadgets. It's about taking care of your body and mind, even away from work.
Redressing the balance can start from the bottom up.
Yes, it makes the world go ‘round.
There are economic arguments to be had for ensuring an appropriate rate of growth of real wages.
Can consumers keep driving the recovery?
The UK inflation rate has leapt to 2.3% – here's why the government is secretly happy about it.
Embedding members of the LGBTI community within senior ranks of a business can diffuse workplace homophobic attitudes and create an environment of inclusiveness.
The continued presence of homophobic attitudes in society and the workplace has been eroding the productivity and profitability of Australian businesses.
Whether it's our inboxes and calendars or how companies are structured, we're obsessed with making things orderly. But research suggests it's time to break free.
Trade unions protest the state of the economy.
After eight torturous years of crisis, Greeks are working long and hard with very little to show for it.
Why isn’t new technology reflected in our productivity stats?
Since the 1990s productivity has been slowing in Australia and elsewhere. We aren't really sure why this is, but here are a couple of theories that could explain it.
2016 was a year of mixed fortunes in the development course of Africa.
The 'Africa Rising' narrative was disturbed in 2016 by a combination of factors. But the continent is still on firm economic development footing.
Australian business confidence is falling, amid concerning signs from other economic indicators.
Australia's economic indicators are showing worrying signs, with business confidence falling in the face of continued low interest rates.
What does the Turnbull government’s establishment of a construction industry watchdog mean for workers, wages and the industry?
A group of experts dissect what the re-introduction of the ABCC means for the construction industry and its workers.
A hiker perched at the top of Tasmania’s Tarkine wilderness.
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the end of the mining boom has breathed new life into parts of the Tasmanian economy. But there are also several worrying indicators -- like population growth and unemployment -- to be addressed.
Labor’s Chris Bowen says Australian workers are doing it tough.
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Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said Australian wages growth is at record lows. Is that true?
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.
Happy employees, whose basic needs are met, are essential to a productive business.
An increasing number of companies have well-being policies, but some can do more harm than good.
Better office design is not just about shaping space around tasks we do.
Business Briefing: a better to design an office.
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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.