Bosses the big bullies

by 28 Nov 2006

SEVENTY-THREE per cent of Australians believe their bosses are the main culprits when it comes to bullying. A survey of 1,960 people found those working in the public sector were most susceptible to being bullied (48 per cent), followed by those working in HR (47 per cent) and law (40 per cent). The highest rates of bullying were found in the following states:


SA 41%

NSW 38%

Tasmania had the lowest rates of bullying at 20 per cent. Interestingly, 83 per cent of those in the legal sector who claimed they were victims of bullying said their boss was the main perpetrator.

Source: Talent2

Great work culture key to job satisfaction

FORTY-THREE per cent of sales and marketing job seekers have rated a great work culture as the number one factor in job satisfaction. According to a survey of 200 job candidates, having a good manager was ranked at 18 per cent, closely followed by a good work-life balance (15 per cent). Only 3 per cent ranked high remuneration as the number one factor in job satisfaction.

Source: Market Partners

War for talent hits PR industry

SEVENTY-ONE per cent of PR consultancies intend to hire in the next six months, despite a limited supply of talented PR professionals. Members of the Public Relations Institute of Australia have reported the industry average for staff turnover sits at 35 per cent, with more than 30 per cent of PR consultancy owners expecting to exit their agencies in the next five years. This figure rises to more than 80 per cent over the next ten years.

Source: Registered Consultancies Group

Bigger job titles no way to retain talent

FORTY-SIX per cent of recently promoted executives’ job responsibilities have remained roughly the same, despite their new titles. A global survey of 279 executives found that the strangest titles cited by respondents were chief cheerleader, chief inspiration officer, director of decisions, director of first impressions, process change manager and general manager reporting to the general manager.

Source: Korn/Ferry International

Strong finance team in high demand

EIGHTY PER CENT of CFOs in average-performing companies focus predominantly on cost control, according to a global survey of 286 senior executives, including 123 CFOs. The survey found CFOs in high-performing companies spend more time on strategic support (64 per cent), while CFOs said they were:

Lacking time due to compliance needs 67%

Dissatisfied with how they undertake planning, budgeting and forecasting 43%

Excellent at reporting business results 26%

The survey found the changing face of the finance function is also contributing to the war for talent, with 55 per cent of companies planning to recruit finance employees in the next two years.

Source: KPMG

More women drawn to IT

FEMALES ARE beginning to infiltrate the IT sector more than ever before. A survey of CIOs reported that almost half (48 per cent) of their IT team is now comprised of female members, while 50 to 70 per cent said 54 per cent of their teams are female. With less than 5 per cent of organisations having a female CIO, the survey pointed to an increase in the number of female CIOs over the coming years.

Source: Talent2


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