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The case for mental health days
‘Relax, you’ll be more productive’. This is the title of Tony Schwartz’ opinion piece published in The New York Times, in which he somewhat controversially puts forward concepts such ...
Five tips for hitting the recharge button
Relaxation and good vibes of the Christmas/ New Year holidays beginning to wear off? Here are a few helpful hints and tips for hitting the recharge button to get you working hard ...
How to prevent niggling workplace injuries that cost time
We all hear about the workplace tragedies that make the papers and take a huge toll on families and employers alike.
How to choose the right materials handling equipment
Are you a new warehouse or factory with a blank canvass? Or are you an established operation looking to upgrade?
The advantages of diaphragm pressure gauges and their application
When conventional pressure measurement technology is reaching its limits, diaphragm pressure gauges come into their own with critical measuring tasks such as with highly corrosive, ...
High quality Australian coal to reduce emissions and boost economy
A new Fact Check report conducted by the ABC has confirmed that Australian coal is the cleanest coal in the world.
How to buy the right Human Machine Interface (HMI) hardware
If you're in the market for an HMI, there are about 250 different brands currently listed on Google so you're not short of options.
Innovative entrepreneurs set to drive Australia's economy
A report released on 25 November 2015 by the Australian Government highlights the key role innovative entrepreneurship needs to play in transforming the nation's economy.
What are the manufacturing jobs of the future?
In an earlier article we discussed whether your next manufacturing employee should be a robot.
NT govt announces construction of gas pipeline to east coast
The Northern Territory Government has selected Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline Pty Ltd to construct and operate the North East Gas Interconnector (NEGI) Pipeline to connect NT gas to ...
World Energy Outlook reports strong demand for Australia's resources
The World Energy Outlook (WEO) released on 10 November 2015 demonstrates the challenge the world faces to meet the demand for energy across the developing world and the crucial role ...
Anti-dumping reforms to help Australian industry
Reforms to Australia's anti-dumping system effective from 2 November 2015 will level the playing field for Australian manufacturers and producers.
Should your next employee be a robot?
"Right, so the job is basically 24 hours a day, seven days a week with no breaks, no holidays, no perks, no salary, no super, and no rights. Happy? Great, you can start today!"
Tips for Buying the Protective Clothing Your Workers Need
Protective work wear, otherwise known as personal protective equipment or PPE is anything worn by workers to protect them from work-related hazards.
Why stepping outside your comfort zone is the key to growth
Well, you could start by asking one of the most successful businesspeople in the world today, Richard Branson. He believes that far too many businesses aren't prepared to take ...
The key steps to building robotic process automation
Will it work? Won't it work? Until recently these were the rather unhelpful questions businesses building robotic process automation (RPA) were asking themselves. Now, thankfully, ...
Best practices for maintenance supervisors
Question: who has the biggest impact on the reliability of your manufacturing production? Is it the machine operators? Is it the workers feeding the line? Or is it the people upstairs ...
Unions kick-off China FTA community hall debates
Unions have challenged local Coalition MPs to debate the merits of the China Australia Free Trade Agreement in community halls around the country.
Why hiring the best person beats hiring the best resume
"Well, they looked good on paper." If you've ever said that about a recruitment misjudgement you're far from alone. Resumes are designed to make candidates look good; they're ...
5 Critical Factors for Hygiene in Dairy Facilities
The Dairy industry is a highly competitive sector and under constant, and increasing, pressure to deliver new, innovative and value added products to a smart, active market that ...
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