Tony Featherstone is a former managing editor of Business Review Weekly and Shares magazines. He is a specialist writer on small companies and entrepreneurs for The Age online, The Australian Financial Review and BRW. Tony’s blog looks at the human side of entrepreneurship and business failure, a topic poorly understood in this country.
Email him at tony@xpressinfo.com.au
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Don't you want our money?

Tony Featherstone Too many businesses are slack about taking our money.

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Beat the back to work blues

Tony Featherstone Face it, summer holidays are over. Here are some tips to get back to business.

How risky is working for yourself?

Tony Featherstone Not very, given the insecurity of full time employment.

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Should employers help obese staff lose weight?

Tony Featherstone They don't have much choice if they want to lift productivity.

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Is university worth it?

University

Tony Featherstone Does it make sense to spend three years studying to accrue tens of thousands of dollars in debt and finish with little prospect of a good job?

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Are you past your use-by date?

Older worker

Tony Featherstone Too many businesses kick older workers to the kerb.

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2013 Worst Customer Service Awards

Service

Tony Featherstone It's time to cast your annual vote on the companies whose service infuriated you the most this year.

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Do businesses want older workers?

Senior

Tony Featherstone The Productivity Commission wants us working into our 70s. Has anyone asked businesses what they want?

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Pulling the plug on holidays

Holiday

Tony Featherstone Can you turn your gadgets off cold turkey on holidays? Go on, we dare you.

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Responding to rude emails

troll

Tony Featherstone Don't let a nasty email wreck your day. Follow our seven tips on how to respond instead.

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Are you next in the firing line?

Boss

Tony Featherstone Be very, very worried if someone younger or cheaper can do your job.

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Will I ever get a pay rise again?

Australian money.

Tony Featherstone How do you keep staff motivated when the only increase is the workload?

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Younger managers shafted

Tony Featherstone Why are younger managers earning so much less than their predecessors?

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Can we have a bit of shush please?

Tony Featherstone Terrible in-store music is driving customers away.

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Gridlock stalls businesses

Traffic

Tony Featherstone Traffic has pushed the modern worker into the slow lane. The solution? Work from home.

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Why don't professionals get overtime?

Overwork

Tony Featherstone Everyone else gets it, so why not doctors and lawyers too?

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Is it wrong to whinge about the boss?

Tony Featherstone We've all done it - but what does it say about us? Why work for a business you say you hate?

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Help! My Gen Y boss is a nightmare

Gen Y

Tony Featherstone Getting used to ever-younger managers is a huge issue for an ageing workforce.

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Stop wasting my time

Tony Featherstone Here are seven tips to stop tyre kickers invading your life.

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Sense of humour failure

Tony Featherstone Have we lost our sense of fun at work?

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