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Embedding members of the LGBTI community within senior ranks of a business can diffuse workplace homophobic attitudes and create an environment of inclusiveness. Dan Peled/AAP

Homophobia is harmful to workers and businesses

The continued presence of homophobic attitudes in society and the workplace has been eroding the productivity and profitability of Australian businesses.
Customer-facing roles may soon be taken over by cheaper, friendlier and more knowledgeable robotic retail assistants. Thomas Peter/Reuters

Business Briefing: when robots and customers meet

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Customers might prefer digital robots who don't judge for now but physical robots with empathy may be the customer service workers of the future.
President-elect Trump’s twitter account has the power to devastate companies’ share prices. Des Moines/Reuters

Politicians who tweet-shame risk economic damage

Tweet-shaming from politicians isn't the best way to regulate companies – it hurts investments, shareholders and ultimately the economy.
CEOs who are more confident are less likely to sell their own stock in a company. www.shutterstock.com

Overconfident CEOs are less socially responsible

If a company is led by an overconfident CEO, the firm is less likely to invest in corporate social responsibility measures like workforce diversity.
Shareholder activism is growing worldwide. Heino Kalis/Reuters

Australia is ripe for shareholder activism

Australia's rules on how investors engage with companies, coupled with the clout of superannuation investor groups, means there's potential for more shareholder activism.

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