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One strike for small businesses

Small businesses will only have to give one warning to an employee who is underperforming, according to details released of the Federal Government's Fair...

Stamp duty woes intensify

Australian homeowners are struggling under the burden of increasing stamp duty with results from the bankwest Residential Stamp Duty report indicating stamp duty has...

RBA cuts interest rates

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has cut interest rates by a further 100 basis points, taking it down to 4.25 per cent, effective 3 December...

Save money on fuel

There is a collective shudder throughout the nation any time fuel prices are mentioned. But don’t be so glum, it’s good news this time....

Retain staff by rewarding commitment

Australia’s workforce is ageing; no surprise there. But what are you doing to retain older employees? After all, these committed employees have the skills...

Become a charismatic public speaker

How many times have you been to a meeting or presentation where you were bored out of your mind? Too many to count? To...

Use your PIN to verify credit transactions

Using your Personal Identification Number (PIN) to verify credit and debit card transactions is now an option, opening the way for faster payment. “There are...

Focus shifts from retaining staff to attracting staff

Employers are facing another tough year, with the majority identifying the battle to attract staff as the biggest human capital challenge. Two thirds of...

Doing business in Sydney is easy

When it comes to ease of doing business, Sydney scores some high points. Ranking fifth in the MasterCard World Centres of Commerce Index in...

Is there a skills shortage?

Is there actually a skills shortage, or has it just been exaggerated? According to Need, recruitment trading portal and marketplace, the skills shortage is...

Business process management improves efficiency

While businesses are now aware of Business Process Management (BPM), only half are actually committed to using automated systems to improve efficiency. According to a...

Pay rates increase despite falling turnover

Wage growth pressure is rising, and small businesses wage increases have climbed from five percent to 5.2 percent in the last year. And encouragingly,...

Plan your career path

Happy with your career? Well, 2.2 million working Australians aren’t. In fact, more than half of Australian workers fell into their career path and...

Mobile connectivity a burden for employees

Are you one of those employers who annoy their employees outside of office hours on their mobile devices? If you are, you’re not the...

Eco-savvy conumers shop online

A new eco-friendly business trend is emerging as more shoppers stick the “no junk mail” sign on their letterbox and instead log onto Australia’s...

Aussie dollar continues slide

The Australian dollar opened weaker today for the 10th consecutive day as more traders buy into the undervalued US currency. At 7am, the Australian dollar...

Credit checks are private business

A recommendation in the Australian Law Reform Commission’s privacy report calls for more thorough credit reporting, which the Australia Privacy Foundation says will allow...

Ad campaign warrants consumer attention

South Australia’s Office of Consumer and Business Affairs is running an advertising campaign to remind consumers of their warranty and refund rights in the...

Aussies believe outsourcing damages the economy

More and more, Australian companies are turning to offshore markets to reduce the cost of business services. But while one in three Australian companies...

Tariffs must be cut to increase productivity

Productivity Commission chairman Gary Banks has encouraged continued tariff reform, particularly protection for car manufacturers, to increase national productivity. Banks referred to the recent failed...