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The dog days aren't over

Many SME retailers find a shop cat or dog can attract a few pet-loving customers, as well as being good company, but it turns out there’s significant staff-retention benefits in bringing pets to work.

Business

Forget cut-throat competition, the hot topic these days is collaboration. Whether it’s companies in shared working spaces exchanging ideas around the water cooler, entrepreneurs picking other people’s brains via crowdsourcing, Xero start-ups teaming up to get customers, or big bosses of primary producers strategising at Stanford University, working together is de rigueur.* (*But why just write about it? Idealog decided to try a bit of collaborating ourselves, so we asked for help to illustrate this feature. Most of the photos on these pages – and on the cover – were sourced from our readers, friends, followers, and the people we've written about recently. The rest were us. We're all in this together.)

Opinion

You'd have thought the way business works that a five-day work week came down with Moses on a stone tablet. Actually God's working week was six days, so there's obviously some flexibility there. So why aren't more of us breaking the mould?