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Why there’s no Covid in this year’s Christmas ads

This year's Chrismtas ads endeavour to raise our spirits with tactful humour while reassuring us that this Christmas can...
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Have we just stumbled on the biggest productivity increase of the century?

Working from home was one part of the pandemic response that went remarkably smoothly.

For some companies, JobKeeper has become DividendKeeper

This recession governments chose to help pay salaries to keep workers in work rather than pay unemployment benefits when...

Government agendas are driving businesses like no time since WW2

Microsoft's acquisition of TikTok reveals the long reach of governments into the corporate sector.

Vital Signs: Shorter meetings but longer days – how Covid-19 has changed the way we work

The nature of work was evolving before Covid-19, and it will continue to do so as many parts of the world continue with ...

Sure, let’s bring production onshore, but it might not ensure supplies

Re-shoring can play a role, but a top-down assessment of the risks facing supplies of critical goods is needed
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Corporate activism is more than a marketing gimmick

Businesses that are the first movers, or those that engage in hard activism early, are more likely interested in achievi...

Australia is under sustained cyber attack. What’s going on, and what should businesses do?

The attack is described as “state-sponsored”, which means a foreign government is believed to be behind it.

Watch yourself: the self-surveillance strategy to keep supermarket shoppers honest

Supermarkets are trying a different tactic that’s part overt surveillance but also encourages “self-reflection” on any i...

Economists back wage freeze 21-19 in new Economic Society-Conversation survey

The Economic Society of Australia, The Conversation poll 42 of Australia’s leading economists in the fields of microecon...

How a tightening of wallets pushed Australia into recession

The treasurer described Australia as “on the edge of the cliff” in the March quarter, facing “an economist’s version of ...

Australia’s first service sector recession will be unlike those that have gone before it

If the government wants to stop this recession from turning into a depression, it will have to redirect its policy playb...

What COVID-19 means for the people making your clothes

The crisis has demonstrated forcefully the importance for manufacturers and retailers to be agile with well trained work...
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Don’t blame COVID-19: Target’s decline is part of a deeper trend

Target’s strategy to move further into the middle market was always doomed for limited success.

Coronavirus has turned retail therapy into retail anxiety – keeping customers calm will be key to carrying on

If retailers and hospitality service providers want customers to return in greater numbers the goal will be to minimise ...

How the COVID-19 crisis could remodel the luxury industry

Confronted with the lasting effects of the crisis, significant changes in the industry are to be expected.
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If we want workers to stay home when sick, we need paid leave for casuals

Lack of sick leave a "major barrier" for many workers who need to stay home, experts say.

Five workplace trends that will shape life after lockdown

“People are realising they can work remote … that’s a huge opportunity.”
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Coronavirus redundancies are understandable, but there are alternatives

Creative options for cutting wage costs without having to make staff redundant.