Staff wooed to stay rarely do for long

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Career One -

LEAV­ING your em­ployer is a big de­ci­sion, but some­times the em­ployer makes an even big­ger de­ci­sion and makes a coun­terof­fer — about half the time, says a Hays sur­vey. But 80 per cent of the counter of­fers prove fruit­less, with em­ploy­ees re­ceiv­ing them still choos­ing to leave the com­pany within 12 months. The sur­vey of 1700 em­ploy­ers shows 30 per cent of the em­ploy­ees leave as planned in spite of the counter of­fer, 42 per cent in less than three months af­ter the of­fer and about 8 per cent stay on for more than three months but less than a year.

Only 20 per cent of find the of­fer at­trac­tive enough to con­tinue to stay for more than a year.

Mak­ing counter-of­fers is rarely good re­ten­tion strat­egy, says Hays di­rec­tor Gra­hame Doyle. ‘‘ The em­ployee al­ready has sev­eral other of­fers on the ta­ble. They’ve ap­plied for and se­ri­ously con­sid­ered other va­can­cies, so their de­ci­sion to leave the com­pany was made long ago.

‘‘ Un­less the is­sues are ad­dressed the em­ployee is likely to still seeks a bet­ter of­fer else­where.’’

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