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.
Retaining key talent is critical for the success of mergers and acquisitions, so employers should involve HR at - if not before - the due diligence stage, says Mercer Asia Pacific M&A business leader, Christine Deveney.
In response to an ageing population and predictions of further skills shortages, one of Australia's largest employers is taking concrete steps to encourage workers to think about their retirement earlier, and stay with the company for longer.
Managers who view certain employees as "critical", without questioning their actions or their motives, could be putting the livelihood of their teams at risk, according to Workplace Conflict Resolution director Catherine Gillespie.
Running a pilot program to identify potential issues can help an organisation decide whether working from home arrangements should be made broadly available, says the manager of a team that now has two-thirds of its employees in home-based work, and much higher retention rates as a result.