WORK­OUT Abil­ity, not gen­der, rates a boss

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Indulgence -

TWO-thirds of work­ers are in­dif­fer­ent to whether their boss is a man or a wo­man, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey con­ducted by HR so­lu­tions group Onetest. But when peo­ple do care, most would pre­fer to work for a man rather than a wo­man.

About 4300 peo­ple took part in the sur­vey.

‘‘ It is re­ally pleas­ing that so many peo­ple are com­fort­able with work­ing for ei­ther gen­der,’’ says Onetest man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Steven Dahl. ‘‘ But we were quite sur­prised to see that in this day and age a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of peo­ple still pre­fer a male boss.’’

The sur­vey also shows more than 90 per cent of work­ers re­spect their cur­rent boss. ‘‘ This is a key fac­tor they nom­i­nated in job sat­is­fac­tion for Aus­tralian work­ers,’’ Dahl says. Other find­ings were: More than half of those with univer­sity de­grees don’t work in their area of study.

About two-thirds want ma­ter­nity or pa­ter­nity ben­e­fits. This has the po­ten­tial to af­fect their choice of em­ployer.

Most em­ploy­ees are will­ing to take a bet­ter of­fer from a ri­val em­ployer, even if it means break­ing a job con­tract.

Most em­ploy­ees— up to 90 per cent — want a cash bonus of be­tween $100 and $1000 for re­fer­ring a new em­ployee to the com­pany.

Work­ers at­tach a high de­gree of im­por­tance to an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly work­place.

The ma­jor­ity of em­ploy­ees want em­ploy­ers to em­brace healthy liv­ing and en­cour­age healthy work prac­tices.

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