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Tackle the big jobs in little pieces

5:00AM | Monday, 20 May 2013 | Taskmaster

At Taskmaster Towers, the windows were recently bricked up with paperwork. Here's how Old Taskmaster cleared the backlog – one page at a time.

Federal budget 2013: Government to raise $198 million by nearly doubling application fees for 457 visas

5:54PM | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | Patrick Stafford

The federal budget has delivered a double blow to the 457 visa program, with the government to nearly double application fees and compliance activity for the controversial system.

Unemployment dips to 5.5% as 50,000 new jobs created

5:46PM | Thursday, 9 May 2013 | Daniella White

Unemployment dropped from 5.6% to 5.5% in April, despite most economists predicting it would remain steady or even rise.

Australian businesses can unlock $305 billion in productivity through staff

5:41PM | Monday, 6 May 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

The Australian economy is losing as much as $305 billion due to lost productivity, a study from Ernst & Young has revealed.

Take advantage of your lack of knowledge

4:00AM | Friday, 12 April 2013 | Taskmaster

Playing dumb can be a wonderful business weapon and there are plenty of different ways to do it.

Why it’s important to celebrate little victories

4:01PM | Wednesday, 10 April 2013 | Rebekah Campbell

Do you celebrate when your team achieves a key milestone? If not, there are five very good reasons why you should.

Four leadership lessons from Margaret Thatcher

4:05PM | Tuesday, 9 April 2013 | Myriam Robin

Margaret Thatcher's extraordinary life is an example of striving against the odds. Here are four key lessons from the former British prime minister.

Start-up legal basics: Hiring employees vs hiring contractors

4:34PM | Friday, 5 April 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

Some of the biggest legal traps entrepreneurs face are in the area of recruitment. If you are looking to hire your first staff, it is essential to know the difference between employees and contractors.

ACTU push for increase to minimum wage by $30

3:44PM | Wednesday, 27 March 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

The Australian Council of Trade Unions is continuing its push for the minimum wage rate of workers to be upped to $636.40 a week, an increase of 5%.

Beware of brainstorming bias

3:00AM | Wednesday, 27 March 2013 | Taskmaster

Brainstorming. Nothing else quite gets Old Taskmaster's heart singing like hearing the inane suggestions of my teammates.

Conduct a stress test

3:00AM | Monday, 25 March 2013 | Taskmaster

The managers at Taskmaster Enterprises are checking the stress levels of their employees. You should do the same at your company.

Gillard's penalty rate promise a "kick in the guts" to SMEs: Industry leaders

3:07PM | Friday, 15 March 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Irate business groups across Australia have slammed Prime Minister Julia Gillard's announcement yesterday confirming penalty rates are here to stay.

Woman wins harassment case after boss requested sex 78 times in one day

3:03PM | Friday, 15 March 2013 | Patrick Stafford

The director of a small legal practice has been ordered to pay $100,000 to a mature-aged law graduate in compensation for sexual harassment, after she accused him of a string of aggressive and bizarre sexual advances.

A fair shake or a vicuñacino?

10:56PM | Tuesday, 2 October 2012 | Taskmaster

When I read last week that “Twiggy” Forrest would no longer provide tomato sauce to his staff to save costs, I thought it was a little harsh. That was before I learnt what a vicuña is.

FWO slams restaurant over contracts used to avoid wage obligations

3:30PM | Thursday, 14 March 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

The owner of a Canberra restaurant has been fined over $16,000 for using individual contracts to try and avoid paying minimum wage obligations.

Employee wins unfair dismissal case despite calling his boss a “dickhead”

3:11PM | Tuesday, 12 March 2013 | Patrick Stafford

SMEs have been reminded to follow unfair dismissal procedures to the letter, following a recent case in which an employee was found to have engaged in misconduct but wasn't terminated fairly due to improper notice.

Nightmare on start-up street: Dealing with customers from hell

3:46PM | Tuesday, 12 March 2013 | Alexandra Cain

It is nearly inevitable that you will eventually be confronted with a horrible customer. Thankfully, there are ways to deal with them before they wreck your business. BY ALEXANDRA CAIN.

Redecorate your office in your company colours

3:34PM | Friday, 8 March 2013 | Taskmaster

In recent days, paintbrushes and several tins of paint have been spotted in the general vicinity of Taskmaster Towers – and there’s a good reason why.

Don’t let your business get Baillieued

3:15PM | Thursday, 7 March 2013 | Taskmaster

The fall of former Victorian premier Ted Baillieu holds some important lessons for your business – especially when it comes to communications.

Got investment? Now for the real hard work

3:34PM | Tuesday, 5 March 2013 | Mahesh Sharma

Securing finance for your business is a major milestone. But it’s also the point at which you have to start worrying about your investors. BY MAHESH SHARMA.

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