Staff

The weakest link: managing underperforming staff

James Adonis How do you turn badly performing employees around? Four experts share their advice.

Accounting firms on the prowl for staff

Accounting.

Almost a third of Australia's accounting and finance firms intend hiring new staff.

Find out what the staff are thinking, it really pays dividends

Office workers walk through a green lit foyer of an office building in Melbourne May 5, 2009.  Australia's central bank kept its key cash rate steady at a record low of 3.0 percent on Tuesday, choosing to save its remaining policy ammunition after 425 basis points of cuts in the past eight months.

Lanning Bennett SEEKING the views of employees is the best way of finding out what is really going on in a business, its issues, problems and challenges and what needs to be done to make the organisation perform...

Is your workplace blind to staff diversity?

Are you open to hiring staff with disabilities?

Tony Featherstone As skills shortages loom, companies need to think more about the benefits of hiring workers with disabilities.

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Staff don't care too much for money

Max Mason A new study shows pay and bonuses are unlikely to help drive success for SMEs.

Warranty company on the brink, say ex-staff

Myer's profits have plunged.

Jane Lee and Max Mason A struggling company that provided extended warranties for Myer and Big W is under the regulators' spotlight, amid claims from former staff that it has failed to pay wages since the first week of...

MANAGING

Five tips to fire up your staff

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Christopher Niesche Many Australians lack motivation at work, with nearly half planning to leave their jobs, according to a recent survey.

Staff to be protected from scarpering directors

The ASIC will clamp down on bosses who try to run away from their responsibilities to workers when companies fail.

Ben Butler Corporate regulators will clamp down on bosses who try to run away from their responsibilities.

'You're Fired!': Bouris sacks own staff

Mark Bouris.

Michael Evans The Mark Bouris-chaired technology company TZ has slashed its workforce as part of cost cuts to avoid a cash crunch.

How would you rather be sacked?

George Clooney in Up In The Air.

Tony Featherstone By using a blunt axe, some companies make redundancy programs a whole lot worse.

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MANAGING

It's survival of the agile amid tough times

Agile businesses are more likely to succeed in this climate.

Alexandra Cain Small businesses are increasingly adapting their operations to survive in a challenging market.

MANAGING

Positively humming: creating a productive workplace

A positive workplace leads to profits.

Anneli Knight A positive workplace creates much more than a 'feel good' factor, it leads to happier and more engaged employees and higher productivity. And a good business leader can learn how to set the tone.

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Small business lags on computer security

Computer security.

SMEs have embraced the internet but 16 per cent don't use anti-virus software and 30 per cent don't use a protective firewall: study.

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Greens propose more flexible work hours

The Australian Greens are planning to introduce legislation that would give workers the right to more flexible hours.

Are restructures a waste of time?

Rubik's Cube.

James Adonis It seems the restructure is back in vogue, but what’s the point really?

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Group work: helpful or just monkey business?

Monkey business?

James Adonis Are committees, team-building games, brainstorming sessions and meetings really that useful?

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It's all about who you know ... or is it?

James Adonis Nepotism is common in family-owned businesses, but few workplaces are immune.

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Are recruitment agencies worth the trouble?

Are recruitment agencies helpful?

James Adonis Thinking of hiring new staff? If so, two words have probably crossed your mind: recruitment agencies.

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Ho ho ... oh: planning the office Christmas party

Office Christmas parties can get out of hand.

James Adonis ‘Tis the season to be organising the office Christmas party. Here are seven ways to minimise the risk.

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