The double bind of sexism

Sexism is a cultural challenge that is entrenched in many Australian businesses. It is completely counterproductive, as many businesses are currently struggling to attract and retain talented people in a very competitive market. Women outnumber men in Australia and have high workforce participation rates. The Australian Bureau of Statistics regularly calculates the sex ratio –

Homeless multinationals and taxing decisions

The digital economy has generated many changes in how we shop, stay in touch with friends, and manage our daily routines. Despite this, it seems that politicians around the world are only just starting to realise that the digital world has truly changed the economy. The recent Australian federal budget was the usual mix of

Taking the risk out of diversity

The top ranks of Australian big business have garnered a well-deserved reputation for being a boys’ club. In 2011, 250 of the top 500 ASX-listed companies had zero women on their boards. Despite the ongoing lobbying of the Diversity Council of Australia, appointments to directorships at ASX-listed companies have long been the almost exclusive domain

The shifting balance of workplace relations

Workplace relations is about to become a lot more important for businesses that are looking to grow, and it has little to do with political sabre rattling from Canberra. The ABS employment figures for February 2012 indicate an unemployment rate of 5.2% unemployment, with an additional 7.3% of people being classed as underemployed, or looking

Warring factions and conflicted leadership

Leaders require supporters. This is especially true for executives managing large organisations, and is sometimes forgotten by people surrounded by the trappings of success. Amongst any group of people, you should expect disagreement. The strength of relationships between group members will vary, and factions will inevitably form around issues – even if they are short