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 – … More The double bind of sexism

Managing wage risk

In a now almost ritualised gnashing of teeth, business lobbyists descended again on Canberra last week to hear the results of their latest efforts to influence the Fair Work Australia minimum wage determination. A quick read of the report makes it clear that Fair Work Australia is really quite unsympathetic to demands for corporate welfare. … More Managing wage risk

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 … More The shifting balance of workplace relations

Patchwork pressures and the long term unemployed

The prime minister is certainly an interesting person to watch in an interview, but her speeches can be a little underwhelming. I suspect most journalists have started to tune out as well, which could explain why there is so much reporting of Hitler saluting pollies, and the machinations of a politician – who has managed … More Patchwork pressures and the long term unemployed