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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Responding to rude emails

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

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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Keep the fever out of the cabin

Cabin

Tony Featherstone From too much Oprah, to too many Tim Tams, how can you manage the downsides of working from home?

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Why are savers always slugged to help borrowers?

Nest

Tony Featherstone Retirees and some small businesses take it on the chin as rates are cut.

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Numb to the message

Ads

Tony Featherstone Ads are everywhere from toilets to petrol pumps to ATMs - but do they still work?

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Small business: the forgotten portfolio

Special Minister of State Gary Gray

Tony Featherstone Why is small business an after-thought for governments?

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How bad are banks for SMEs?

Banks

Tony Featherstone Despite the advertising hype, the small business sector has never had such a raw deal.

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Will confidence lift after the Federal election?

business_thumb

Tony Featherstone What will it take to get consumers spending more, saving less?

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Death of the great Australian sickie

Woman with a hangover, flu, cold, sick, ill.

Tony Featherstone When was the last time you chucked a sickie?

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Tatt's ok

Tattoo thumb

Tony Featherstone Are tattoos still taboo at work?

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Are you surrounded by relentlessly negative people?

Sad emoticon

Tony Featherstone Pessimism is highly infectious. Get your anti-negativity shot here.

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