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23/06/2014 - 6:04pm

For most people, the idea of taking your beloved pet pooch or kitty on holiday with you might be a strange one. However, a recent survey from Petplan shows this trend may be more popular than you think.

From the 2014 results, with over 4,000 participants, Petplan found that 80 per cent of respondents said they wouldn't leave home without their pet in tow. This pattern has been rising for the past two years, from 70 per cent in 2012 and 78 per cent last year.

18/06/2014 - 7:29pm

For most people, the idea of organisational culture and music having any parallels may be unthinkable. However, a new research paper aims to explain how the structure of an organisation can mirror that of a musical composition.

According to lead authors David King and Samuel DeMarie, both from Iowa State University's College Of Business, culture is one of the most important aspects of any organisation.

18/06/2014 - 7:28pm

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup well underway, it's safe to say soccer fans across the globe are in their element. Tuning in to see the highs and lows of each match is whipping up a frenzy of excitement - and this may even extend to holiday intentions as well.

17/06/2014 - 9:53pm

Holidays are a great way of unwinding, relaxing and spending some much-needed time for yourself or with your friends and family. However, the destination you visit plays an integral role in the overall experience, and new research from Roy Morgan indicates we may not always be following through on our initial holiday plans.

17/06/2014 - 9:50pm

The shortage of certain skilled professionals in Australia could affect a significant amount of employers Down Under, according to a recent survey from recruitment firm Hays. The 2014 Hays Salary Guide shows these shortages could inhibit effective business operations for 58 per cent of employers. 

17/06/2014 - 9:50pm

When it comes to making your travel bookings and purchases, there are many options available. You could visit a travel agent in person, or spend some time researching the best rates and attractions for yourself online.

However, a new study shows the trend of mobile bookings may be on the rise - particularly in Asia. According to a survey of 12,000 online respondents based in the Americas, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and Oceania, the use of mobile devices for booking travel accommodation is becoming increasingly common.

17/06/2014 - 8:09pm

What makes a healthy workplace? Is it the physical layout of the office, the corporate culture in action, or the number of health initiatives in place?

While all of these play can play a crucial role in keeping staff members in the best condition, the Australian Psychological Society (APS) is urging organisations to consider the part that mental health and wellbeing plays as well.

17/06/2014 - 3:20pm

A new report from the COAG Reform Council has highlighted the positive progress in Australian health outcomes, with life expectancy and other indicators seeing particularly strong improvements.

According to the research, over the past five years the Australian life expectancy rates for men and women have grown significantly. Currently, the male life expectancy rate is 79.9 years while the rate for females is even higher at 84.3 years, putting Australians at a favourable advantage compared to many other countries around the globe.

13/06/2014 - 7:32pm

Staff productivity is essential for business success in every industry, but improving this aspect of the workplace could be easier said than done. There are many external factors competing for an employee's attention throughout the workday, and this can often have a significant impact on the amount and quality of work produced.

Understanding and adapting to these factors is crucial to raising productivity levels in your organisation. A new survey has provided further insight into this area by identifying some of the top 'productivity killers' in place today.

11/06/2014 - 8:41pm

While there are many harmful strains of bacteria, the human body is also a natural home to many different types of beneficial bacteria and other organisms. In particular, the natural bacteria found in the human gut have been linked to several important roles in human health and wellbeing.

These include assisting the digestive system and even supporting better immune function. A new study has found a link between exercise and the variety of bacteria located in the gut, providing further clues to the role these organisms play in human health.