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  • Work safety more than hardhats and steel-capped boots

    Virginia Harrison     |      September 4, 2010

    Leo SilverAussie tech-company keeps workers in high-pressure environments safe from harm. Virginia Harrison spoke to Leo Silver.

    Workers in high-pressure environments like prisons or hospitals can find themselves in life-threatening situations, and that reality has created a business opportunity for an Australian tech-company.
     

    Integrated Wireless provide messaging and duress systems solutions to protect staff working in intensive environments.

  • Women to drive the global economic recovery

    Virginia Harrison     |      September 4, 2010

    Women's Photo courtesy of of Superburschi's Flickr PhotostreamWomen outpace men when it comes to growing businesses and hold the potential to lead the global economic recovery according to a new study.

    A report by Ernst & Young investigated the productive power of female entrepreneurs and states that women-owned enterprises grow faster than those owned by men.

    Females own or operate up to 33 per cent of private businesses worldwide.

  • Manager skill-set blocks mid-size growth

    Beth Walker     |      September 4, 2010

    Medium-sized businesses often stumble when it comes to scaling up because they lack strong managerial skills.

  • Cloud Computing: What does it mean for SMEs?

    Matthew Sorell     |      July 22, 2010

    Cloud computing is the notion that you can put or process your data “in the cloud somewhere”. Where it is and how it got there is not your problem. How reliably it’s stored, whether it can be hacked into, and a whole host of other issues shouldn’t be your problem either; in the ideal cloud environment.

    But back in the real world, reliability, access, security and recoverability are your problem, and that means that you do care where your data is and how it got there. How do you respond?

  • Getting up to speed with workplace flexibility in SMEs

    Juliet Bourke     |      July 22, 2010

    As a partner in a business, plus an outspoken advocate on workplace flexibility, I am very conscious of practicing what I preach and maintaining a competitive business edge.

    I often hear it said that flexible work practices can work in a very big business, with lots of resources including an HR department, but not in small (1-19 employees) or even medium (20-199 employees) businesses . 

    That’s not my experience.  I don’t think size matters – it’s more about creating a culture of give and take.

  • Open Letter to the G20 Leaders

    Patrick Callioni     |      July 21, 2010

    Markets make money whether the economy is going up or down – it is only the rest who stand to lose.

     

  • Action on Gender Equality Urged

    Les Pickett     |      July 21, 2010



    Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick recently launched the Gender Equality Blueprint 2010. There are some highlights worth noting.


    The Gender Equality Blueprint 2010 sets out fifteen recommendations in the following five priority areas: 1) Balancing paid work and family and caring responsibilities 2) Ensuring women’s lifetime economic security 3) Promoting women in leadership 4) Preventing violence against women and sexual harassment 5) Strengthening national gender equality laws, agencies and monitoring.