Historically, there have been numerous cultural manifestations of austerity that shed light on its enduring appeal.
The Paul Klee Centre in Bern, Switzerland, looks great, but where are the people?
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By putting the users of buildings – people – at the centre of the process of designing buildings and infrastructure, we can create healthier, more human-centred spaces.
The Treasury says we need to raise productivity growth.
Spurring productivity growth requires innovation. Not just in products, but in our business models and management practices.
Just seeing plants can have a huge impact on your mood.
Bringing nature into the workplace can lead to a number of benefits, including reduced stress and increased creativity.
Pay rise? Why not, says the RBA governor.
For a whole lot of workers in Australia, cutting a better pay deal is very hard.
The Australian government has plenty of ministers, but not one of them oversees the whole $6 trillion housing sector.
New research finds a state of confusion when it comes to Australian government policymaking on housing, despite its huge economic and social significance.
Taxing sugary drinks to tackle obesity would lead to a stronger economy, new research shows.
The benefits of a sugar tax go beyond mere health savings when obesity rates drop. Our new research predicts wider economic benefits due to more, healthier people in work.
Greener and better ventilated offices can lead to better performance of employees.
The quality of the office environment itself can have significant negative effects on thinking, health and productivity.
Even though Sydney’s population growth (at 14%) is below the average across all capital cities, its housing supply failed to match this growth.
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Data on housing supply in Australia's capital shows that while it's increasing in areas with lots of jobs, house prices are too high for those who might want to move for work.
Increasing degree requirements for jobseekers doesn’t necessairly lead to an inventive employees.
A lack of "breakthrough" moments in innovation may be caused by the increase of specialised workforces.
Gender income inequality in Australia is now considerably above the OECD average of 15.5%.
A 10% reduction in gender income inequality can boost labour productivity by up to 3%, new analysis finds.
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.