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How do you measure success?

11:57AM | Tuesday, 12 November 2013 | Amanda Jesnoewski

Especially for sole traders, money is not always the only way to judge your success in business. Here are five other ways to measure your professional achievements.

The five types of employee leave

11:46PM | Monday, 11 November 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

If you’re hiring your first full-time employees, it’s important to know what your legal obligations are to your staff. When it comes to leave, here are five types of leave you need to be aware of.

Employees horsing around when they should be off and racing

11:59PM | Monday, 4 November 2013 | Taskmaster

With the Melbourne Cup Day come the sickies that stop a nation. Here’s what you need to do

Best of the web reads: Pick your work battles

11:00AM | Friday, 1 November 2013 | Gavin Lower

Everyone has an issue at work that bothers them. But how to address it? And is it worth making a big deal about?

One of the worst things you can do in business and in life, and we do it all the time

10:47PM | Thursday, 31 October 2013 | Rebekah Campbell

Are you looking to build an honest business? If so, truth be told, there’s one little secret you really need to remember.

The word a person uses is usually not what they mean... but can you decipher the real message?

10:14PM | Wednesday, 30 October 2013 | Greg Ferrett

On September 13th 2013 Voyager I became the first manmade object to leave the solar system. The inscribed messages are an important reminder that what humans say isn’t always what they mean.

Set some end of year goals

10:03PM | Tuesday, 22 October 2013 | Taskmaster

Christmas and the end of the year can breed idleness in your workforce! Thankfully, you can begin taking preventative action.

The culture you get is the one you incentivise

10:45PM | Friday, 18 October 2013 | Taskmaster

If you have employees, here’s an essential question for you to ponder: What culture are you encouraging in your business?

Dealing with regret

10:21PM | Wednesday, 2 October 2013 | Taskmaster

Regret. It’s an emotion your humble correspondent is all too familiar with. The secret lies in how you deal with it.

Sydney Swans set to sign Buddy Franklin: What to do when a key position team member is poached

10:55PM | Wednesday, 2 October 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Hawthorn Football Club looks set to be left reeling from the loss of key forward Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin, as late yesterday it was revealed the star is set to sign with the Sydney Swans.

Handle the pressure like a Hawk

9:18PM | Monday, 30 September 2013 | Taskmaster

Even if you don’t follow the footy, there’s a valuable business lesson to be had from Hawthorn’s victory in the AFL grand final on Saturday.

What I’ve learnt about outsourcing

9:49PM | Wednesday, 25 September 2013 | Rebekah Campbell

Outsourcing remains a controversial topic and it seems everyone holds a different opinion. Here are my experiences with sending tasks offshore – both good and bad.

Kick a goal on staff morale: Organise a grand final barbecue for your workplace

9:21PM | Wednesday, 18 September 2013 | Taskmaster

Well, we’re getting to the business end of September. It’s time to give your workplace morale a seasonal boost.

Postmates chief tells customer to “f-ck off”: Four lessons in responding to customer complaints

9:00PM | Tuesday, 17 September 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

In business, customer service is key to keeping customers and building the business, but one chief executive in the United States forgot a cardinal rule of customer service – never swear at your customers.

Top four tips for effectively hiring and managing outsourced workers

9:00AM | Tuesday, 17 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Matt Cooper, vice president of international and enterprise at oDesk, shares advice on how to hire and manage outsourced workers in advance of his appearance at the Startup Spring Festival.

The pros and cons of rewarding your staff

9:49PM | Monday, 16 September 2013 | Trevor Jenkins

A good reward system is an excellent way to show your staff that you are noticing their work and that you really do appreciate it when they go above and beyond what is expected for their regular pay check.

Decide now whether you’re closing over Christmas and New Year

9:46PM | Tuesday, 10 September 2013 | Taskmaster

Are you planning to close your business for a week during Christmas or in January? If you haven’t really thought about it, here are four good reasons why you should make the decision now.

Allow your staff to be entrepreneurial

8:39PM | Friday, 30 August 2013 | Taskmaster

As your humble correspondent has mentioned in the past, you should aim for a diverse workforce and never be afraid to hire the best person for the job. Now it's time to take the next step.

Diversity in the workplace: Don’t hire clones of yourself

8:33PM | Thursday, 29 August 2013 | Taskmaster

Dare, if you will, to imagine this nightmare scenario. It’s an office – a Taskmaster Tower – full of Taskmaster clones.

Apple tries to trademark “start-up” in Australia: Time to stand up to patent trolls and intellectual property bullies

8:33PM | Wednesday, 28 August 2013 | Taskmaster

There are some things in life your humble correspondent just can’t stand. An intellectual property bully is high on the list.

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