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Start-ups urged to not overlook social media policies

9:54PM | Wednesday, 19 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups shouldn’t underestimate the value of social media policies, according to new research.

LinkedIn leads way for recruiters as Facebook and Twitter lag: Report

9:00PM | Monday, 17 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Three quarters of recruiters use LinkedIn for promoting job vacancies and seeking candidates, a new survey shows, although employers have been advised that Facebook and Twitter comments may reveal more about potential staff.

Reduce your wardrobe choices

9:51PM | Friday, 14 September 2012 | Taskmaster

Can we cut the number of business decisions we have to make each day? To paraphrase an unlikely piece of business advice, “yes we can”.

Six top tips to avoid an outsourcing disaster

9:38PM | Wednesday, 12 September 2012 | Lloyd Ernst

Outsourcing can help boost your efficiency, but it does come with risks for the unwary. By following these six essential tips, you can make sure you avoid an outsourcing disaster. BY LLOYD ERNST.

Need 2 know: How to handle the arrival of your first hire

8:07PM | Thursday, 30 August 2012 | Vicki Crowe

Taking on your first employee is exciting but it also requires plenty of planning to ensure a satisfactory outcome for both parties. BY VICKI CROWE.

"No Indians or Asians": Coles in hot water over a contractor’s racist ad

8:40PM | Wednesday, 29 August 2012 | Cara Waters

A racist job ad has highlighted the need for business to establish clear rules of conduct for contractors.

Money, money, money is not all that employees want, survey finds

8:41PM | Wednesday, 22 August 2012 | Patrick Stafford

A new survey has some surprising results for those who think staff are only ever after one thing - money.

Web start-up Tweaky.com hunts for a “founder apprentice”

8:00AM | Monday, 20 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian online start-up Tweaky.com is on the hunt for a “founder apprentice”, who will work closely with the business’ co-founder Ned Dwyer on day-to-day operations.

Australian economy could miss out on $90 billion if productivity not addressed, report warns

8:37PM | Thursday, 16 August 2012 | Patrick Stafford

The end of the mining boom might bring a rude shock to an Australian economy showing signs of productivity slowdown.

Xenophon proposes bill to exempt small businesses from paying penalty rates

8:52PM | Wednesday, 15 August 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Independent MP Nick Xenophon says small businesses are being killed by the current penalty rates regime.

Caution urged over unemployment rate dip

8:04PM | Thursday, 9 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s unemployment rate eased to 5.2% in July, according to new figures, although a Westpac economic note warns it would be “inappropriate” to interpret the fall as the start of a tumble in the jobless level.

Employers voice dismay as review finds in favour of Fair Work regime

8:41PM | Thursday, 2 August 2012 | Oliver Milman and Patrick Stafford

A review into the Fair Work industrial relations scheme has been branded “bitterly disappointing” by employers, after an independent panel decided against recommending any major reforms of workplace laws.

Find some passion in an employee

7:06PM | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 | Taskmaster

If you’re a company founder, hiring employees who are as passionate about your business as you are can be difficult. That being said, there is a simple way to spot passion in a potential employee.

The start-up dilemma: Sell up or remain solo?

7:57PM | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 | Leon Gettler

What are your options when a big company comes knocking with a nice set of numbers and a contract to sign? It’s a dream for some and a tricky proposition for others. BY LEON GETTLER.

Startup Genome highlights crucial role of domain experts

7:29PM | Thursday, 26 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Startup Genome has released the second instalment of its findings on transformational entrepreneurship, including why start-ups should include a domain expert in their founding team.

The four key steps to making your first hire

7:37PM | Monday, 16 July 2012 | Fred Schebesta

Congratulations, your start-up has grown to the point you need to hire someone. Here’s how to make sure you end up with the right candidate for your business. BY FRED SCHEBESTA.

Government introduces paid paternity leave – and businesses don't have to pay

6:41PM | Thursday, 28 June 2012 | Patrick Stafford

The government has introduced two weeks of paid paternity leave and business doesn't have to be the scheme's paymaster.

Five things you may not know about the Fair Work Act

6:55PM | Tuesday, 26 June 2012 | Oliver Milman

Three years after the introduction of Fair Work, it remains a mystery to 90% of businesses. If you’re still not sure of your obligations, here are five key points you must be aware of. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

ACCI calls on employers to consider mature-age workers

6:43PM | Friday, 15 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has launched a campaign for mature-wage workers alongside Business SA, as statistics show older workers are increasingly overlooked.

Entrepreneurs struggling to find quality staff: Ernst & Young

6:01PM | Tuesday, 12 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

There is widespread employer dissatisfaction with the quality of staff, according to new Ernst & Young research.

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