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Insurance worker Matthew Hood says hybrid working allows him to strike a balance between collaboration and focused work.

‘Not a productivity problem’: Why WFH isn’t going away anytime soon

Hybrid working has become the new normal in Australia, according to research that suggests this is more good than bad.

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  • Euan Black
Unproductive meetings often prevent people from doing higher-value work.

I waste hours in meetings every day. How can I get out of them?

Spending hours every day in unproductive meetings is a recipe for burnout. Inventium’s Amantha Imber says you must raise this with your manager.

  • Euan Black
Medibank’s Kylie Bishop expects a four-day workweek will improve wellbeing and encourage staff to cut down on unproductive tasks.

Burnt out, distracted: is the modern workplace broken?

Medibank executives are among those who think the answer to a disengaged workforce lies in a four-day workweek, but bosses worry that workers have gone soft.

  • Euan Black

This Month

The The Under Armour Men’s UA Tech™ ½ Zip Long Sleeve.

How the golf quarter-zip became the 2023 Wall Street uniform

Like the polo shirt before it, the style is yet another putting-green-to-conference-room crossover hit. Even New York financiers are getting in on the action.

  • Ashley Fetters Maloy

American work-from-home rates drop to lowest since the pandemic

Fears of a recession have eroded employees’ ability to demand the telework perks they won early in the pandemic, when the labour market sat squarely in their favour.

  • Zachary Fleming, Redd Brown and Ignacio Gonzalez
Super fund CEOs Paul Schroder (AustralianSuper), Debby Blakey (HESTA), Deanne Stewart (Aware Super), Vicki Doyle (Rest Super), Bern Reilly (Australian Retirement Trust) and Peter Chun (UniSuper) are actively engaging with company boards, which they say will improve the value of their investments.

Super fund CEOs put ASX on notice over workplace conditions

Industry super funds are using their $3.5 trillion asset pool to influence companies on decent work conditions, secure contracts and banning sexual harassment.

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  • Hannah Wootton
Recruiter Adam Shapley says the tech recruitment market is undergoing a “correction”.

Engineers and cyber talent earn big bucks as other tech workers suffer

Day rates for most IT contractors are failing to keep pace with inflation, but cybersecurity experts and software developers are doing just fine.

  • Euan Black

I’m returning to work after having a child. How can I get into gear?

Returning to work after having a baby is a major life change, says Parents at Work CEO Emma Walsh. So be kind to yourself and be willing to experiment.

  • Euan Black
Breathwork expert Johannes Egberts (L) also hosts expeditions to the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales.

‘Like extra sleep’: the anti-burnout trend that’s just a breath away

A rising number of employers are turning to something called breathwork to help staff build resilience and improve their mental health after the pandemic.

  • Euan Black
George Clooney as Ryan Bingham in the 2009 movie Up in the Air, who fired people for a job. Even he warned about firing people over the internet.

Downsizing by stealth: How not to lay off staff

Mass redundancies kicked up a gear this year as profits have been squeezed. But not all employers have been upfront about the cuts and some have done it better than others.

  • Euan Black
David Solomon performs as DJ D-Sol.

Goldman CEO to stop DJing in public after backlash

Critics have long argued that David Solomon’s hobby of spinning tracks as “DJ D-Sol” was at odds with his role leading a Wall Street investment bank.

  • Simon Foy
A Team Global Express dispatcher accepted bribes from truck drivers.

Team Global Express supervisor took scotch, deck reno from truckies

A Melbourne dispatcher took the Christine Holgate-led company to the Fair Work Commission claiming unfair dismissal.

  • David Marin-Guzman
Work-related chat messages are draining our attention, an Economist Impact report has found.

How Slack is costing you time, and your boss money

The average Australian knowledge worker loses 166 hours of focus time each year to unproductive work-related chat messages, according to a study by Economist Impact.

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  • Euan Black
Having the same pre-work routine each morning will help you get into the zone while working from home.

How can I be more productive while working from home?

Sticking to the same pre-work routine every morning is a good way of getting into the zone, says Atlassian’s work futurist Dominic Price.

  • Euan Black
Lea Constantine, Ashurst’s head of region for Australia, expects a failed referendum would encourage staff to get more involved in the firm’s work to promote Indigenous advancement.

Workplaces backing Yes vote vow to double down

Employers that backed the Voice to parliament expect staff to get more involved in work to promote Indigenous advancement regardless of the referendum’s outcome.

  • Euan Black
After more than four years building Koala, co-founder Dany Milham left the business in 2021 to start Milkrun.

FX firm ‘significantly overcharged’ start-up Koala, ex-staffer alleges

Foreign exchange trader Convera overcharged mattress company Koala and demanded the will of late music industry legend Michael Gudinski, a new claim alleges.

  • Lucas Baird
Treasurer Jim Chalmers says the Productivity Commission’s workplace policies need to change.

Productivity Commission overhaul after ‘sexism, racism, bullying’

The review found now former employees had engaged in “unacceptable behaviour” and that “a culture of sexism, sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination existed in pockets of the commission”.

  • Ronald Mizen

My boss is a workaholic. How can I keep up without ruining my life?

Workplace expert Michelle Gibbings says the answer lies in open and honest communication. And clarifying your boss’ expectations is a good place to start.

  • Euan Black


Eucalyptus chief executive Tim Doyle has overseen an expansion overseas while some Australian employees are managed out.

Ozempic-selling start-up Eucalyptus does ‘silent dismissals’

The company’s boss, Tim Doyle, defended its culture, saying its rapid growth required “structured performance management reviews”.

  • Nick Bonyhady
Propeller chief technology officer Jacob Richter says introducing dual career paths has led to improved engagement scores.

Hate managing others? Don’t worry, you can still get a pay rise

Companies are gradually cottoning on to the unintended consequences of offering just one way to climb the corporate ladder.

  • Euan Black