To have and to hold: retaining and utilising skilled people

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Author: Smith, Andrew; Oczkowski, Eddie; Selby Smith, Chris


This report examines the ways in which Australian employers retain skilled staff as well as the ways in which employers enhance their ability to use the skills of their people. The study involved a variety of organisations representing a cross-section of industries from small to large employers. It focuses on the role of human resource management practices, including fostering a 'learning culture' and high performance work practices. The study found that while strategies such as increasing wages and family friendly policies may increase an employee's job satisfaction, the key driver in...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Career development; Workforce development; Management; Teaching and learning; Skills and knowledge; Employment

Keywords: Staff development; Human resources; Skilled worker; Learning culture; Job satisfaction; Skill analysis; Labour utilisation; Employers

Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia

Published: Adelaide, South Australia: NCVER, 2008

Physical description: 64 p.

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ISBN: 9781921412721 (print); 9781921412738 (online)

Statement of responsibility: Andrew Smith, Eddie Oczkowski, Chris Selby Smith

Resource type: Report

Document number: TD/TNC 93.09

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