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The secret to get your team to do what you need them to do

4:48PM | Friday, 4 April 2014 | Brett Jones

Alfie Kohn writing in the Harvard Business Review points out that offering rewards to change set behaviours like eating less or quitting smoking does not work. Numerous psychological studies back up his thesis.

Five tips to make your employees enjoy work

4:58PM | Tuesday, 1 April 2014 | Jo Sabin

If you’re running a startup or a small business, you know that it’s extremely important to keep the team energetic and enthusiastic.

Working mums more valued by small business: Study

3:08PM | Friday, 28 March 2014 | Broede Carmody

Small businesses are more likely than large companies to hire and value working mothers, according to a new research.

Leaked draft for terms of reference of Fair Work Act review: SMEs react

3:35AM | Monday, 10 March 2014 | Yolanda Redrup

Penalty rates, flexibility and pay conditions are on the agenda for the upcoming Productivity Commission review of the Fair Work Act.

Do you want to work at my start-up?

3:02PM | Thursday, 6 March 2014 | Rebekah Campbell

Are you looking to work at a start-up? If so, here are six key tips to help you get the job.

Cause mass confusion – with a smile

3:59PM | Thursday, 6 March 2014 | Taskmaster

The Taskmaster has turned up to work – in a suspiciously happy mood. What could trigger such a turn of events?

Why sprinting through your workload is less productive than you think

2:00AM | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Too many entrepreneurs push themselves to sprint to the point they burn out. However, if you want to avoid burnout, you need to look at another option.

The pitfalls of perfectionism

2:00AM | Tuesday, 18 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Aiming for perfection is one thing. But as Old Taskmaster discovered, it does carry the risk of micromanaging your business to death.

Six tactics to avoid being interrupted at work

2:10PM | Friday, 14 February 2014 | Jonathan Weinstock

Do you find you always get more work done on the weekends or when your employees aren’t around? Here are six tactics to try.

Enable people’s laziness – and profit!

2:56PM | Friday, 14 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Today, like so many other days, your humble correspondent arrived at Taskmaster Towers. On the desk was a post-it note.

Which team will get to have the final say?

2:00AM | Wednesday, 12 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Your products will end up looking very different depending on which team is put in charge.

The secret to an organised, productive workspace

2:02PM | Monday, 10 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Do you have trouble seeing the surface of your desk? If so, there's a simple solution.

Want to make a real impact? Keep calm and carry on!

2:01PM | Friday, 7 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Near the dawn of time, many aeons ago, your humble correspondent was a humble school student. Yes, as difficult as it may be to imagine, it once happened.

Finding the right employee is no simple test

1:45PM | Tuesday, 28 January 2014 | Gavin Lower

Finding the right people to work in a start-up can be a balancing act. Here are some strategies to help your business out.

Keep the Australia Day epidemic at bay

1:20PM | Friday, 24 January 2014 | Taskmaster

It’s the epidemic sweeping the nation: Fakenitis Fever. As a boss, here’s what you need to about it.

VIDEO: Why getting your core team and advisors right is the best thing you can do for your start-up

1:27PM | Wednesday, 22 January 2014 | Rose Powell

PDF technology company Nitro has moved beyond start-up stage, and is now turning over $25 million a year, with offices in Melbourne, San Francisco and Dublin.

Don’t be overly reliant on a single staff member

1:33PM | Monday, 20 January 2014 | Taskmaster

Have you recently hired your first employees? Here’s how to avoid one big potential pitfall.

I’m doing more work in our start-up than the other co-founder – what should I do?

1:49PM | Thursday, 16 January 2014 | Franz Madlener

Unfortunately, effort doesn’t always equal reward and the end result doesn’t always reflect the work put in.

Breaking bad news

1:00AM | Tuesday, 14 January 2014 | Taskmaster

In a perfect world, your business would grow at a steady pace, no one would ever get ill, every employee would be unconditionally loyal to your business and every single person you hire would work out. Reality is a different matter.

Employee share scheme tax treatment needs reform to support start-ups, say accountants

1:23PM | Monday, 13 January 2014 | Gavin Lower

Australia’s accountants have joined calls to reform the tax treatment of employee share schemes, saying current arrangements create an uncompetitive environment for start-ups.

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