March 01, 2006

A company's culture can be its best asset. When it's more than just hype it can inspire and empower staff to take the business to great heights, writes Gillian Bullock

Corporate culture is the hidden force that shapes behaviour. It's like gravity, you can't see it, but you can feel its pull.

Every company has a culture that drives the way its employees behave. When a new person joins an organisation they will adapt to the prevailing corporate culture in order to assimilate with their fellow workers.

March 01, 2006

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has predicted that, by 2020, depression will be the world's second biggest health problem behind heart disease. What does this mean for your workplace? Penny Sutcliffe reports.

Depression is shaping up to be one of the most serious challenges confronting the modern workplace. It costs the Australian economy about $4.3 billion in lost productivity each year. Economic studies indicate that an employee's undiagnosed depression can cost the organisation nearly $10,000 a year.

March 01, 2006

Developing a positive point of difference into workplace culture is a complex issue. Penny Sutcliffe interviews two leaders who have built cultures in different sectors of the marketplace.

Restructure, change management, new strategies, mergers, acquisitions, resignations, new managers on board - just some parts of the corporate merry-go-round that often demand a reassessment of "company culture". Yet a change at the top does not automatically instil any new values into other members of a team.

March 01, 2006

They are leaders in business. In the second of a two-part feature, Management Today quizzes two outstanding Australian entrepreneurs on the factors behind their remarkable rise. By Cameron Cooper

Jim Zavos
Founder of EzyDVD

As the leading man in the booming EzyDVD business, Jim Zavos admits he has at times found it hard to forfeit his starring role.

Set up about six years ago to tap into the transformation of the home-movie market from videos to DVDs, Zavos says he was used to doing it all.

February 01, 2006

Skills shortages, workers with new lifestyles and priorities, and a lost work ethic and loyalty factor mean that managers have to revise their hiring practices. Jane Cherrington reports.

It makes sense to put more effort into hiring when one in five employees turns out to be a bad hiring decision, according to a recent global study.

February 01, 2006

They are at the top of their game in business, turning small, backyard operations into world-class enterprises. What are their secrets? What drives them and their businesses? In the first of a two-part feature, Management Today talks to three outstanding Australian leaders and entrepreneurs. By Cameron Cooper

Jim Penman
Founder of Jim's Group

February 01, 2006

Anybody can advertise, but for a true "money-can't-buy" marketing experience, sponsorship is the way to go. Chris Sheedy reports.

November 01, 2005

Many leading companies are embracing the Six Sigma quality measurement system. But what is Six Sigma and how successful is it? By Gillian Bullock

A bid to extend the life of tyres at BHP-Billiton's Saraji Mine in Queensland has saved the mining giant $US350,000.

This project was just one of many undertaken as part of BHP-Billiton's Six Sigma program that goes under the name Operating Excellence.

November 01, 2005

Exceptional customer service has now become a leading component in the mission and vision statements of many organisations. It is an area in which every business needs to excel. Cameron Cooper reports.

Maxine Horne has made millions out of mobile phones over the past decade.

She knows them inside out. Like the average user, however, she gets no joy out of programming phone numbers, charging batteries or setting up message banks.

November 01, 2005

Sacked. Released. Fired. Dismissed. There is no way to make it sound good and, when it happens to you, it seems there's no way to make it feel good. But it is possible to turn it to your advantage and create very good results from a very bad day. Chris Sheedy reports.

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