SEVEN per cent of Australian mothers claim they have not been promoted in the workplace while a further 2 per cent have faced demotion, according to a survey of 1,515 birth mothers. It also found women suffer the following workplace difficulties:
Inappropriate or negative comments 10%
Provided duties without warning 4%
Hours reduced without warning 3%
Furthermore, 66 per cent of new mums did not receive paid maternity leave, 50 per cent of which did not have employers who offered paid maternity leave while one quarter of new mums were not eligible for it.
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics
Aussie companies put recruitment last
FORTY-THREE per cent of Australian companies spend less than 10 per cent of their time on recruitment. However, the survey of 136 large and medium-sized Australian organisations also found more than 75 per cent of firms are having difficulty recruiting staff. A shortage of skilled candidates was nominated by 91 per cent of respondents as the major difficulty faced in recruiting staff. With only 13 per cent of those surveyed having undertaken full-time recruitment duties, 43 per cent of organisations surveyed would consider outsourcing their recruitment processes in the future.
Source: Kelly Services
Aussies show no remorse over taking sickies
TWENTY-FIVE per cent of Australians have said they feel no guilt when “chucking a sickie.” A survey of 1,960 people found that 38 per cent of Australians are reporting in as being sick at least one day a year when they are actually healthy. Women were found to be the worst culprits, with only 53 per cent claiming they would not take a sickie, compared to 70 per cent of men.
Learning the key to career advancement
SIXTY-SEVEN per cent of US companies have identified acquiring new and updating current skills, abilities and knowledge as the best way for employees to advance in their careers. A survey of 346 companies also found other ways employees can advance their careers include:
A career network 64%
Volunteering for opportunities 41%
Identifying and communicating career goals 34%
Identifying and learning from mentors and role models (32 per cent), performing your job in an exemplary manner (29 per cent) and projecting a positive professional image (27 per cent) were also ways employees could advance their careers.
Source: Right Management
Employees plan to kick on past 60
FORTY-SIX per cent of Australian workers plan to work full-time past the age of 60, according to a survey of 1,300 people. It also found that 35 per cent of workers plant to work part-time past the age of 60 and 19 per cent intend to retire at that age. The main reasons people plan to work past 60 are financial, while others want to retain a sense of purpose and remain mentally active.