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.)


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?


Most of us lie – just a little – on our CVs. Now you can take it further by, for example, buying fake references from the internet. Penelope Whitson wonders if it isn't time for a new way to check employee credentials

Even if you missed the Google Doodle, it probably didn't escape your attention that it was Women's International Day on March 8 (sadly and ironically, for comedian Jenny Collier the occasion was marked by being bumped from a show because there were "too many women on the bill"). In that spirit PwC has released its Women in Work index, in which New Zealand has held onto its fourth place ranking out of the sample of 27 OECD countries.