Australian employers are putting their productivity at risk by failing to motivate employees, with a global study finding that 62 per cent of Australians are disengaged at work. The Right Management study of more than 16,000 employees globally, including over 2,000 in Australia, revealed that just over a third (36 per cent) of Australian workers are stars –employees who are connected to their job and feel their organisation is a great place to work. However, an even higher proportion are disconnected –42 per cent are neither engaged, nor do they like where they work.
Employers miss diversity mark
While employers focus on responding to legal requirements for diversity in the workplace, the majority fail to focus on the broader business benefits, such as improving creativity and innovation, according to a recent Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development report. The top business benefit is perceived to be better talent management, showing how attention to managing diversity is largely related to people management and development issues. The report found that the support of senior management and top teams is a critical lever to facilitate the progress of diversity.
Best practice in addressing skills shortages
The Human Resources 2007: Best practice and strategies for addressing the skills shortage conference, will be held in Perth from 20 to 22 June and in Brisbane from 25 to 27 June 2007. Presented by Human Resourcesmagazine and organised by LexisNexis Professional Development, the conference will look at issues such as combating the aging workforce, cultural change and developing employee engagement, workforce planning and the latest trends in talent management. For more information call 1800 772 772, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the conferences page at www.humanresourcesmagazine.com.au.