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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.

  • 29 mins ago
  • 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.

  • 1 hr ago
  • 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


Minerals Council chief executive Tania Constable said its aim is for the government to “go back to the drawing board”.

Mining industry to spend $24m to derail IR laws

Rio Tinto, BHP and Glencore are spending big on the minerals council’s campaign to stop Labor’s “same job, same pay” laws for labour hire workers.

  • David Marin-Guzman
CFMEU members protesting at Sydney in April this year.

Rally is a ‘communication meeting’ workers should be paid for: CFMEU

Builders are calling on the workplace umpire to intervene over the CFMEU’s demands that members who attend a union rally about silica dust be paid.

  • David Marin-Guzman

This Month

The MUA has denied DP World wharfies are “plotting to steal Christmas”.

Wharfie strikes causing delays that ‘could empty stores at Christmas’

The wharfies’ union has escalated industrial action at DP World terminals across the country, causing shipping delays of up to eight days.

  • David Marin-Guzman

Why expenses are a fraught form of fraud

The Citi sandwich case shows why some rule-benders get a lot more sympathy than others. If a company wants to fire someone, the easiest way to do it is to go through their expenses.

  • Pilita Clark
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
Menulog managing director Morten Belling argues the government’s laws fail to fully recognise the value of gig work.

Menulog warns of $15 price rise unless value of gig work enshrined

Managing director Morten Belling says the Closing Loopholes Bill does not recognise that workers prefer the “dynamic earnings” of gig work that lifts pay with demand.

  • David Marin-Guzman

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
DoorDash claims “the sky is effectively the limit” under Labor’s gig economy laws.

DoorDash fears food delivery prices could triple under gig worker laws

The on-demand delivery service claims “the sky is effectively the limit” under the government’s bill to set minimum conditions for gig workers.

  • David Marin-Guzman
Milk tank drivers striking at Saputo’s Leongatha and Maffra sites in Victoria.

Three-day dairy strike to upset milk supplies

More than 150 truck drivers for dairy giant Saputo have walked off the job for 48 hours and are set to be followed by 1400 Victorian dairy processing workers.

  • David Marin-Guzman
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
Hundreds of Chevron workers are set to restart rolling stoppages from this Thursday.

Unions refuse to back down on Chevron LNG strikes

Chevron workers have gone against the umpire’s recommendations to cancel industrial action this Thursday.

  • David Marin-Guzman

Uber warns of 85pc price rise under Labor’s gig economy laws

Modelling by the digital platform shows it may have to lift rideshare and food delivery prices by 60 to 85 per cent if it’s forced to pay gig workers penalty rates.

  • 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
The Qube bans come as the MUA has been plotting out a detailed bargaining strategy against the logistics company.

Wharfies union withdraws Qube bans after ‘secondary boycott’ claims

The logistics group had accused the wharfies union of targeting it with an illegal secondary boycott under the pretence of protected action against DP World.

  • David Marin-Guzman
From left, Stockland directors Christine O’Reilly and Melinda Conrad; Future Fund guardian Patricia Cross; Scentre chairman Ilana Atlas.

Australia’s most powerful directors revealed

As AGM season kicks off, the BOSS index of the country’s most influential board members reveals the era of the all-dominating chairman may be coming to an end.

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  • Patrick Durkin