Productivity

Budget measures reliant on Australia lifting its productivity fortunes

The economic forecasts for real GDP and real wages contained with the Budget – especially in the out years – seem reliant on Australia lifting its relatively lax productivity performance. 

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Exercise for health, emotional wellbeing and productivity

The fitness industry has typically had a focus on helping people look good. In recent times, the mindset has shifted from looking good to feeling good to improving our productivity

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Infrastructure Productivity: time to unleash the technology revolution

While the fourth industrial revolution has swept through the wider economy, infrastructure has largely been stuck in the past. But smarter rather than more is the key to infrastructure operations.

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Rethinking infrastructure project selection – breaking the cycle of new construction

High quality and efficient infrastructure is a major driver of national economic growth and productivity.

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Productivity: a strategic imperative for Australia’s banks

Australia’s major banks have an enviable record of delivering cost savings to record world leading cost-to-income ratios. This has come predominantly from disciplined management of costs, process improvement and outsourcing.…

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Time management: what having children has taught me

I recently became a second time dad and overnight, time management became even more important. While my kids teach me a lot of things, one of the most vital additions…

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Women in the workforce: Australia’s great productivity booster

The Federal Government’s 2015 Intergenerational Report predicted that women have the power to boost Australia’s productivity by $25 billion if just another 4 percent of women worked or returned to…

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The first Australian Infrastructure Plan: More about productivity than projects

Infrastructure Australia has just issued its National Infrastructure Plan. On past experience, state governments and the infrastructure industry will immediately search for the list of big projects. But they would…

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Confronting Australia’s productivity crisis: are we still a clever country?

Here’s a confronting reality. In the world’s advanced countries productivity growth has slowed to such an extent over the last decade and a half that genuine fears are being held…

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Don’t let your meetings suck

Most people hate meetings. And with many executives spending up to 18 hours a week stuck in a room in unproductive meetings, it’s not hard to see why.

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Want improved productivity? Try investing in some more recovery time.

White-collar stress levels are on the rise with employees constantly connected to digital devices and working harder and longer than ever before.

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Eight hours labour, eight hours recreation, eight hours rest: productivity in the balance

In the last week there has been a public holiday in every state, but not on the same day and not for the same reason.

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The purpose of tax reform – boosting real wages

At the AFR/KPMG Tax Reform Summit this week, one issue received a perhaps surprising amount of consensus. This was the notion, put forward by former treasury secretary Martin Parkinson at…

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