WORK­OUT Keep­ing staff the big worry of 2008

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HOWto keep the staff is again the big­gest chal­lenge for em­ploy­ers next year. The chal­lenge has re­mained the same for about four years, but now en­gulfs more em­ploy­ers. A Hud­son re­port says 44 per cent in a sur­vey of 7000 em­ploy­ers in Aus­tralia be­lieve staff de­vel­op­ment and re­ten­tion will be their top pri­or­ity in 2008.

This shows a rise from 2004, when 36 per cent of em­ploy­ers rated it as the num­ber one task.

The sec­ond ma­jor chal­lenge, ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey, is at­tract­ing suit­able can­di­dates. This trend shows a rise from 15 per cent in 2004 to 29 per cent of em­ploy­ers for 2008.

In­creas­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity shows a cor­re­spond­ing de­crease in in­ter­est among em­ploy­ers, from 30 per cent for 2004 to 14 per cent now.

Gary Laz­zarotto, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Hud­son Aus­tralia and New Zealand, says, ‘‘ Smart em­ploy­ers are en­sur­ing that they are man­ag­ing their tal­ent ef­fec­tively so their staffing needs con­tinue to be met and busi­ness goals achieved over the long term.

‘‘ The cost of los­ing good em­ploy­ees far out­weighs the cost of im­ple­ment­ing sim­ple and ef­fec­tive tal­ent man­age­ment ini­tia­tives,’’ he says.

‘‘ Ul­ti­mately, it’s about of­fer­ing an at­trac­tive em­ploy­ment propo­si­tion that at­tracts high qual­ity tal­ent while keep­ing ex­ist­ing em­ploy­ees sat­is­fied, chal­lenged and mo­ti­vated.’’

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