19 Mar COMPANIES INNOVATE TO IMPROVE THE WORKPLACE; COVID ‘A CHANCE TO BOOST GENDER DIVERSITY’
Welcome to this week’s business and media intelligence update, with insights collected by the Cannings team over the past seven days.
STAFF BEFORE CLIENTS: COMPANIES INNOVATE TO IMPROVE THE WORKPLACE
- Companies are directing their innovation efforts towards improving employee experiences in the workplace, as it becomes increasingly important to differentiate themselves. For example, eBay Australia has introduced quarterly cross-team hackathons and is changing the structure of weekly senior leadership meetings to include brainstorming sessions. Read more in The AFR here.
COVID ‘A CHANCE TO BOOST GENDER DIVERSITY’
- HESTA chief executive Debby Blakey believes the COVID-19 economic recovery presents an opportunity for Australia to encourage greater gender diversity in the workforce. Ms Blakey is spearheading the 40:40 Vision – a push to see women in at least 40 per cent of senior roles by 2030. Read more in The Australian.
COMMERCIALISING UNIVERSITY RESEARCH KEY TO RECOVERY
- Australia’s university sector will play a central role in the longer-term economic response to COVID, according to Dr Michael Molinari, head of IP Group Australia, a long-standing Cannings client. Read Michael’s interview with Damon Kitney in The Australian here.
WELCOME TO THE FUTURE OF WORK
- A new world is emerging in the places crushing COVID-19, and it’s not always what you might expect. In Israel, where more than half of the population has received at least one vaccine shot, some employees are only able to eat indoors if they’ve been fully vaccinated. The grass is greener here in Australia, with Melbourne lobbying for “Fab Fridays”: free public transport and 4pm knock-offs from work to bring the city’s buzz back. Read more in the Financial Times.
WANT TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE? START WITH DOING NOTHING
- One secret to achieving more: Finding time to do nothing. Our brain uses even the smallest of breaks for important “cleanup” and to reinforce long-term learning and productivity. But during the pandemic it’s been harder to create these mental breaks as the boundaries between work and home have become blurred. So, give your brain a rest, like taking a long shower. Read about it here.
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