News Pulse for August 9, 2018

A daily download of SME, startup, fintech and tax news from around Australia.

Research: 52% of employees are distracted by mobile at work

Research from Rise, the workplace meaning and happiness consultancy, revealed that over half (52%) of Australians who are distracted by their smartphone or social media during work hours also admit that they would be less distracted if they felt happier at work.

The new research shows that Aussies productivity in the workplace could be waning due to the distractions caused by smartphones and social media, with a third (32%) of Aussies stating that they are regularly distracted by their smartphones and social media at work, and more than half (51%) check their phones or social feeds up to 10 times a day.

Uber drivers stop work, call for pay boost

Uber passengers across Australia face the prospect of more stop-work action by drivers if the ride-sharing company refuses to improve pay rates for add-on services.

Tens of thousands of Uber drivers did not pick up passengers during Monday’s morning commute as they protested for fairer conditions.

Reckon crunches the numbers

Reckon has hired boutique investment bank Investec to sell its Accountants Practice Management division.

The accounting software company said at its half-year results announcement yesterday that it had received approaches from several parties.

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