The number of employers that support staff in their career development - even at other companies - but have no program in place to try and get them back, is "absolutely gob-smacking", according to Engaged Talent general manager Geraldine Ellis-Maguire.
An increasing number of Australian employers recognise the business value of a diverse workforce, but most are implementing strategies that neglect a key cohort, says Australian Network on Disability CEO, Suzanne Colbert.
A US employer that refused to make assumptions about what people with disability can and can't do - and was willing to see them fail if it meant giving them a chance to succeed - has dramatically improved the diversity of its workforce and reaped unexpected benefits along the way.
It might be a tough year for HR professionals on the employment market, with organisations becoming much more particular about the hard and soft skills they're seeking in the practitioners they bring on board, says HR recruitment specialist Marisa Iuculano.
Job-hunting executives are starting to "see past the dollar signs" and have "deeper conversations" about what their prospective employers can offer, according to Lee Hecht Harrison strategic client partner Ross Heron, who says opportunities and experiences can be just as enticing as financial incentives.