Planning

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

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

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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Makers of Mortein cut 190 jobs

Almost 200 workers will lose their jobs after the makers of Mortein and Dettol announced plans to shut down its only Australian manufacturing facility in Sydney.

Michael Baker

Giving up on the store?

Online shopping.

Michael Baker Ten questions to answer before committing to an online-only future.

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Are you resting on your laurels?

Valerie Khoo The small business owner's creed: don't just sit there, do something!

Mining boom blamed for rise in business failures

Mining

Courtney Trenwith The mining boom is being blamed for much of the dramatic rise in the number of failed WA businesses forced into external administration.

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.

Real estate agents' books to be checked

Real estate agent.

The books of up to 350 real estate agents will be scrutinised by the New South Wales Fair Work Ombudsman over fears some staff are not being paid correctly.

Michael Pascoe

Spare a thought for the self-employed

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Michael Pascoe Small businesses treated as second-class citizens, but they keep the country functioning.

61 jobs go as Fletcher Jones tailors for buyer

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Henrietta Cook Menswear chain to shed staff and close a third of its stores immediately.

On the 10th day of Xmas, my boss gave to me...

Christmas time.

Belinda Williams Frugal bosses cop a lot of flak at Christmas time. But are employees expecting too much?

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ASIC alert: running on empty

ASIC

Henrietta Cook Almost one in two companies that spiralled into administration last financial year were suspected of insolvent trading, report says.

Don't overstate carbon price impact: ACCC

The Carbon Explainer (Thumbnail)

Businesses that incorrectly attribute price rises to carbon pricing are being scrutinised by the competition watchdog.

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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Setting up for success

Janna Fikh.

Get the basics right when establishing a home office and your enterprise stands a better chance of being efficient and profitable, writes Dan Warne.

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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