In a recent poll of 6,537 Australian workers conducted by Hays, close to 70 per cent of respondents revealed their aspirations to stay with an employer for more than five years, which the recruiting service believes places the onus firmly on the bosses to look after their staff.
“Most Australians at heart do believe in job loyalty,” said Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand.
“The ‘job for life’ mentality is long gone, but so too is the mindset of job hopping regularly.”
According to Mr Deligiannis, it is up to employers to ensure that they create an environment which not only attracts staff for the long term, but also nurtures and provides opportunities for growth and career development.
“As long as staff are offered stimulating work and their career continues to advance, most will stay. A lack of career progression is the number one reason people come to us looking for their next job, so we can’t emphasise enough the importance of putting career development plans in place,” he added.
For those professionals who are stuck in a stale and boring role, Mr Deligiannis note that it is important to recognise when it is time to move on.
“Loyalty is a noble quality, but it should not be at the expense of your own career advancement. Employers need to make sure the two go hand in hand.”