Employees prefer L&D payoffs

FORTY-ONE per cent of Australian employees receive no learning and development, while 34 per cent receive few relevant learning and development opportunities, according to a survey of 100 workers

FORTY-ONE per cent of Australian employees receive no learning and development, while 34 per cent receive few relevant learning and development opportunities, according to a survey of 100 workers. It also found that employees:

Are more committed to employers who invest in L&D 84%

Feel they don’t get enough L&D 36%

Would rather ongoing L&D over a pay rise 32%

It also found that 46 per cent believe that without ongoing training and development their performance declines over time, while 25 per cent were prepared to contribute to the cost of their training and development.

Source: Hays

Workers blasé about trendy benefits

ONLY 20 per cent of job seekers in Australia rate additional benefits such as massages, mental health days, yoga and movie tickets as very important when considering a new position. The survey of 200 employees found that businesses need to constantly review the relevancy of the benefits they offer to their staff to get the most value.

Source: LINK Recruitment

The recruitment & retention woes of SMEs

RETENTION of staff is the number one HR issue currently affecting SME businesses, followed by recruitment, redundancy, unfair dismal and maternity leave. However, the poll of 300 Australian employers also found that few SMEs go beyond traditional recruitment techniques such as:

Conducting interviews 82%

Reference checking 76%

Reviewing resumes 77%

Only 28 per cent of SMEs test job seekers skills, while 9 per said they use other techniques such as gut feeling.

Source: Adecco

American workers lawsuit trigger happy

FORTY-FOUR per cent of executives believe that an employee or former employee is likely to sue their company by year’s end, according to a survey of 300 American executives working in the private sector. An additional 50 per cent thought it was likely that an employee would file a company with the US equal employment opportunity body over the same time period.

Source: Chubb Group

Temps given tryout for full-time work

NINETY-FOUR per cent of executives believe that hiring employees on a temporary basis is a valuable means of evaluating them for full-time positions. The American study found that the ‘temp-to-hire’ option allowed companies to gain qualified individuals to meet business needs, while keeping their staffing options flexible in case of workload fluctuations.

Source: Accountemps

Executives upbeat about job prospects

SIXTY-TWO per cent of global senior executives are more willing to find a new executive position as a result of the perceived improvements in the global economy. However the survey of 908 executives found that 2 per cent were less willing, while 36 per cent were undecided.

Source: The Association of Executive Search Consultants

Market demands evolve role of internal auditor

FIFTY-FIVE per cent of Australian finance managers believe the role of the internal auditor in Australia has evolved more than any other financial function in the last few years, according to a survey of 74 finance executives. It also found that 53 per cent believe this is due to greater emphasis being placed on internal control, while 30 per cent put it down to the reporting demands of the internal auditor becoming more important.

Source: Robert Half Management Resources

Employees unconcerned about offshoring jobs

THIRTY per cent of American employees believe their job security is threatened by the move to shift roles offshore, according to a survey of 1,200 workers. Only 8 per cent of these employees were strongly concerned that their own job is at risk, while 85 per cent believe offshoring has a negative impact on the US economy.

Source: Watson Wyatt

Workers rebel against unethical companies

SIXTY-TWO per cent of employees wouldn’t work for a company that was known to be unethical, according to a survey of more than 1,000 Australians. It also found that in the event of their company asking them to do something that was against their ethical beliefs, employees would:

Offer alternatives for dealing with the issue: 59%

Hesitantly comply but express disagreement 18%

Refuse to comply regardless of consequences 18%

An additional 31 per cent believe they have the power individually to make their company operate in a more ethical way.

Source: Talent2

Workplace bullying prevalent amongst coworkers

TWENTY-FIVE per cent of American companies have experienced bullying in the workplace over the past year, with 39 per cent of incidents occurring between colleagues. Furthermore, 25 per cent of incidents involved a customer, while just 15 per cent involved a supervisor.

Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

HRs increasing M&A role: Europe

SIXTY-SEVEN per cent of companies engage their HR functions throughout the entire process of a merger and acquisition, while 24 per cent only enlist HR’s advice during the due diligence phase. The survey of 51 European companies also found that just 10 per cent of companies wait until business integration to involve HR, while the most challenging stages of the M&A deal process for HR include:

Integration 37%

Strategy and planning 20%

Due diligence 12%

Source: Mercer Human Resource Consulting

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