Archive for the ‘Workplace’ Category

Top 50 Most Recognised Employer Brands in Australia


One of the question we asked participants in our recent study is – what name/brand comes to mind when you think of an employer you want to work for in the future?

This is a unaided attempt to gauge who senior executives think are the best employers in Australia. While one question alone does not address all the nuances and complexities of what makes a top employer, it is interesting to note which employer brands stood out in the minds of executives.

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Outsourcing IT Labour Becoming More Popular

The annual State of the Australian CIO Research reveals two important trends relevant to the IT recruitment community.

Firstly, it appears that IT departments’ love affair with outsourcing continues. The number of CIOs planning to outsource their in-house IT function has increased significantly. When asked the question – are you planning to outsource any significant IT function currently being managed in-house in 2010? A quarter of respondents replied yes, which is an increase from 18% in 2008. There is no change in the number of CIOs who are planning to bring a previously outsourced function in-house.

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Are You Ok?

Depression affects more than 800,000 Australians each year. So, it’s likely to directly or directly touch most of us, including our workplaces. In fact, it is estimated that over 6 million full days of work is lost each year.

It’s RUOK Day today. It’s a day dedicated to address the scourge of mental illness and highlight ways to prevent it. The organisation behind it encourages everyone to reach out to someone else and enquire if they are OK.

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Female Executives Unable to Break Through The Glass Ceiling

We have written in length about the disparity between male and female executives in workplaces across Australia (here, here and here).

EOWA (Equal Opportunity for Women Agency) released new data on the status of female executives in workplaces across Australia, specifically senior executives within the ASX 200. It’s not pretty.

Women continues to be denied top jobs. Only 8.4 % of board positions and key Management positions are held by women. And there are only six women leading the top 200 Australian companies. We are also behind other developed nations in terms of female representation in the workforce.

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What Skills Used in Undertaking Core Business Activities Are in Short Supply?

The latest Business Characteristics Survey (BCS) conducted by the ABS shed interesting light on what skills are critical to businesses, and short in supply.

Survey participants were asked to list the type of skills used in undertaking core business activities (businesses can identify more than one type of skills). Trades (27%) and financial (26%) skills were most widely used, while scientific and research (4.6%) skills was used the least by businesses.

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Pay Disparity Between Men and Women Continues to grow, what’s the fix?

Julia Gillard’s ascension to the top job in the country has been hailed as a momentous achievement for Australian women. Whatever political persuasion you subscribe to, it’s hard to argue against the symbolism Julia Gillard’s rise represent (at least in the workplace) – that women are men’s equal, are as capable and ought to be rewarded accordingly.

Yet, the reality is a wide gap in pay continue to exist in workplaces across Australia. In fact, the gap between men and women has widen further since 2009. Here’s the latest data from the Equal Pay Day website: 

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Miles to Go Before Women Gets a Fair Go in the Workplace

Consider these disturbing findings from the latest APESMA’s survey of its female members (58.6% had tertiary qualifications in science and 30.0% in engineering):

  1. Nearly 40% of respondents stated that they had been bullied and 38% discriminated against in the course of their employment.
  2. Nearly 20% reported that they had been sexually harassed, although only one fifth of those had reported the incident through official channels.

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Implications of Employment Tenure Getting Shorter

Every year 18% of the Australian workforce started work with a new employer. New data released by the ABS reconfirmed that we are a nation of job hoppers. Almost one in six or 1,972,300 of the workforce has been with a company/business for less than 12 months.

Here’s how the distribution looks:

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Employment tenure is even lesser with high-income earners. Our survey revealed that executives on average worked for almost eight employers during their lifetime; and the vast majority (25%) have worked for their current employer for less than a year.

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VIDEO : Freedom Within Form – Jazz Lessons for HR

Sylvia Hewlett, Founding President of Centre for Work-Life Policy, on what the new generation of workers want from employers:

I think jazz is the right metaphor. It’s freedom within form. Our new demographic research coming out in July really shows that what Gen Y wants, and is actually what boomers want too, is actually to stay with an employer/company that they had admire. But to mix and match, to ebb and flow, to have much more of freedom within form, and to have a long view.

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VIDEO: Why you can’t work at work

Jason Fried reminds us how much our workplaces are optimised for interruptions.

Consider these numbers – According to Gloria Mark, the average knowledge worker switches tasks every three minutes, and, once distracted, a worker takes nearly a half-hour to resume the original task. And according to Basex, interruptions and the requisite recovery time now consume 28 percent of a worker’s day.

How are you coping?

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HIV/AIDS and the Workplace


Today is World AIDS Day.

The HIV epidemic is mind-boggling; 33.4 million are infected globally.

In Australia, over 16,700 Australians are living with HIV, with an estimated 20 new infections daily. According to a research by LaTrobe University 54.7% of  people infected with HIV are in paid employment, with the majority in full-time work (37.4% of total sample). With the high incidence of HIV cases, it’s likely that workplaces will have someone afflicted with the disease.

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Talent Tidbits

Go Home
Today is ‘Go Home On Time Day’, a brainchild of Australia Institute which recently conducted a comprehensive study on overtime work in Australia. Are you leaving office early today?.

Academia Blues
Melissa Gregg thinks that academia is no longer a smart choice.

Jobdash, a career management tool for IT professionals, is already capitalising on Linkedin’s new API announcement.  Jobdash can be used to  ‘track and Filter real-time Employment Offers from Twitter and LinkedIn status updates’. Our world is rapidly changing.

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Answers to workplace disengagement begins with questions

It’s common knowledge that workplace disengagement is rife in organisations across Australia. What can an employer do?

Gallup recommends employees be asked 12 questions, as follows: 

  • Do you know what is expected of you at work?
  • Do you have the materials and equipment you need to do your work right?
  • At work, do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day?

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Always connected work lifestyle not a problem?

Australians are a busy lot.

Majority (69%) admit to leading busy professional lives (second only to Americans).

As advances in technology continues unabated, the ‘always on’ lifestyle becomes more and more entrenched in our every day lives. Which, one would thought, would be viewed as a negative development. Surprisingly, a study by Frost & Sullivan found Australians professionals do not mind the 24/7 lifestyle. In fact, tools which rendered them to be always connected are credited for enhancing work-life balance, freedom, time-management and getting things done.

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Fixing workplace stress is in everyone’s interest

Picture1 - Copy 87% of Australians are stressed. The main culprit – work!

A study by Lifeline found ‘73% of working Australians indicating they were stressed about work and 17% saying they were very stressed about it’.

Of course, it’s in employers’ interests to tackle workplace stress. A study by Medibank estimated stress related absenteeism cost the country $14.81 billion in lost productivity each year.  And, indeed it’s in every employee’s interest to manage stress levels.

Make sure you participate in the Stress Down Day.

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