Organisation

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Here are some very valid reasons why it's good to declutter our working and living environments.

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Some useful guidelines on the minimum requirements for setting up your home office, and have it operate efficiently.

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A business partnership is, in many ways, like a marriage. So how do you know if it will work and what can you do to help ensure it's successful? Phil Astley suggests some sensible basics.

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You may be working hard at bringing in the income and keeping down expenses - but somehow things just aren't going the way they should. Sometimes it's not obvious what changes can be made, until you dig a little deeper.

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What motivates you? Sandy Geyer suggests we are driven primarily by two things. Fear and purpose motivate our actions - and, she says, they lead to two very different outcomes.

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When your business is well organised, you will be less stressed, more efficient and much more productive. Angella Gilbert covers off ten things you really should have under control.

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Karaka sheep farm
A tidy desk, so they say, is the sign of a tidy mind. And it's often not just the desk, but the whole office, that needs a tidy-up. The task can seem daunting, but to farm-girl Robyn Pearce, a bit of old-fashioned rural wisdom can equally well be applied to the job at hand.

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Paper filing with Rolodex
Having the ability to access information from just about anywhere can be helpful, says Judy Owen, but it comes at the expense of maybe not being able to find what you're looking for later. She has some suggestions to help, too.

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Meetings are not only for corporates, and small businesses are perhaps even more at risk of a more relaxed approach to meetings easily making them more costly and less effective. Eileen McDargh has ten pointers to help you get the business done without wasting time and money.

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If your client wants a proposal, but has not outlined the requirements of a project in a Request for Proposal, how do you go about winning their business - and at the same time not end up out of pocket before the job is yours? In the final part of his three-part series on writing proposals, Andy Williamson outlines some valuable guidelines.

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Email is an important part of business communication, but if you are being ruled by your inbox, it might be time to make some changes. Robyn Pearce suggests some strategies.

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It sometimes seems like there are more and more things to fit in a day - and fewer hours to do them in! Robyn Pearce offers her eight all-time best time-saving tips to help you keep tabs on where your time is going, and squeeze more into your available hours.

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Regardless of whether you are a small retail business or a large manufacturing company, the Christmas rush is an excellent opportunity to leverage off 'Silly-Season' hype and give your sales a significant boost.

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On a recent trip to the Dolphin Research Centre, Eileen McDargh discovered there's a lot that leaders can learn from these intelligent, sociable animals.

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Running a business is no small task. As a business owner, I have found three of the most important issues to consider are often the ones we so often ignore.

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You can't manage what you can't measure - and Sharn Rayner suggests that measuring how your employees are feeling can give you the information you need to make a difference to your bottom line.

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Workplace Safety
No matter how large or small your business, it is highly recommended to set up a health and safety programme for more advantageous results and, obviously, for the health and safety of your employees. This does not have to be a costly expenditure and you will soon realise that it can be cost effective and beneficial to your business’ long term goals.

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Job candidate
How often have you thought you are not getting the right type of people applying for your role? In this article we talk to you about what is important to include in an ad and how effective ad writing can save you a great deal of time and less stress!

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Co-workers
Just as it is important to have an on-boarding or induction programme for new employees, it is equally as important for existing staff to feel at ease with somebody new joining the team. Who are they? What about the position they will fill?

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What are the benefits of an on-boarding programme? One of the biggest reasons that employees underperform or leave their new roles within the first three months is because they don’t know what to do, they are unclear of expectations and the business they are joining has not integrated them in to the team culture. With so many benefits why wouldn’t you put a new employee through an on-boarding programme?

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