Male vs female leadership styles

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SEVENTY-NINE per cent of women and 82 per cent of men believe that males and females manage their employees very differently, according to study of 1,000 employees. It also found that 78 per cent have worked for a female boss at one time or another, suggesting that more women are breaking into management roles, while employees describe female boss’ management style as:

Controlling 24%

Approachable 20%

Direct 15%

Source: Talent2

Ageing workforces management divide

FIFTY-NINE per cent of business leaders and 47 per cent of managers believe their organisations have adequate strategies in place to copy with the ageing workforce, according to a survey of more than 2804 Australians. However, 85 per cent of employees believe otherwise, citing a senior management focus on employing and developing young people with less attention on maintaining the older workforce.

Source: Leadership Management Australia

Holidays malaise: No rest for the working

TWENTY per cent of Australians take their work with them on holidays – a quarter of which delve into their work on a daily basis while a third check in with their office two or three times a week while holidaying. The survey found that, while on holidays, employees also:

Take their mobile phone 84%

Negotiate new deals/contracts 15%

Take their laptop 11%

Furthermore, the survey found that it takes more than 60 per cent of employees up to a week to forget about work and 10 per cent don’t stop thinking or worrying about their jobs while on holiday.


Benefits of international career experience

SIXTY-NINE per cent of Australians believe that international experience had made a real difference to their career, according to a survey of 732 people. It also found that 11 per cent felt that international experience had made some difference, while 20 per cent said that it had made no difference to their career.

Source: Hays

Execs weigh in on business ethics

EIGHTY-THREE per cent of business executives believe that a company’s record of business ethics is very important when deciding to accept a job offer, according to a US study of 1,020 executives. It also found that executives would most like to work for Pixar (85 per cent), Federal Express (83 per cent) and Dell, Google and Smuckers (80 per cent), while they wouldn’t work for Enron (72 per cent), Worldcom (65 per cent) or Adelphia (59 per cent).


Old boys network alive and well

SEVENTY-EIGHT per cent of the Australian workforce believe an ‘old boys network’ still exists in Australia and that it regularly assists well connected workers in advancing their careers. A survey of 1,000 employees found that men (81 per cent) were more likely than women (73 per cent) to be of this opinion and older workers were much more likely to believe in an ‘old boys network’ than younger workers, while 63 per cent believe these networks will continue to strengthen.

Source: Talent2

Governments lack of workplace diversity: US

FORTY-ONE per cent of positions within the US federal government that command senior levels of pay are held by white men, while only 26 per cent are held by white women. Of the 15,308 positions, an additional 7 per cent are held by African Americans, while just 3 per cent are held by Latinos. Only 9 per cent roles that directly lead to senior roles are held by women.

Source: Diversity Inc.

The bugbears of bonuses

EIGHTY per cent of employees believe that cash is a good way to motivate employees, however 71 per cent think bonuses are chewed up in tax or paying bills. A survey of 2,169 Australians also found that 67 per cent would be disgruntled if their bonus wasn’t paid, while only 35 per cent wouldn’t expect a bigger bonus than they received last year.

Source: RedBalloon Days

HR cop end of bullying stick: UK

SEVENTY-FIVE per cent of HR professionals have been bullied at work, while 50 per cent have observed work colleagues in their own department being bullied, according to a survey of 1,000 British HR practitioners. It also found that 71 per cent admitted to bullying occurring elsewhere in their organisations, while the most common instigators of bullying were:

Immediate superiors 58%

Another manager 30%

Other workforce members 16%

Thirty-two per cent of HR professionals responded by raising the issue with a senior manager, while 28 per cent confronted the bully directly.

Source: Personnel Today/Andrea Adams Trust

Casual dressers make inroads

FIFTY-EIGHT per cent of British companies permit casual dress on Friday compared to four years ago, when only 20 per cent of companies let staff dress down. A survey of 256 companies also found that 35 per cent of firms require staff to dress formally on Fridays while 40 per cent don’t think less of candidates who dress casually for job interviews.

Source: The London Chamber of Commerce

Baby boomer business owners exit

SEVENTY-SIX per cent of mid-sized businesses position organic growth as their key expansion strategy, while 36 per cent plan to acquire other businesses in their plans to expand. The survey also found that when it came to exiting the business, family business owners plan to:

Sell to a successor 38%

Still determine this 26%

Gift their business 17%

Furthermore, 63 per cent of mid-sized business have not yet identified a successor, while only 17 per cent of family businesses have a documented succession plan.

Source: PricewaterhouseCoopers