Employee Attraction and Retention in the Australian Resources Sector

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Title Employee Attraction and Retention in the Australian Resources Sector
Author Hutchings, Kate; Cieri, Helen De; Shea, Tracey
Journal Name Journal of Industrial Relations
Editor Marian Baird, Bradon Ellem
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Abstract This article presents findings from a survey conducted in the Australian resources sector in 2009 exploring human resource (HR) managers’ perceptions of how their organizational practices and external contextual changes in industrial relations legislation present challenges for the sector and influence attraction and retention of highly skilled employees. The research makes an important contribution to the literature on good employment/high involvement work practices by investigating organizational practices within the politico-legislative context of this economically significant sector. Our findings indicate that organizations have implemented a range of ‘good’ employment practices, while dealing with concerns about skills shortages, employee turnover, an aging workforce and changes in legislation. We identify a need for employers to give greater attention to diversity and work—life balance issues. Further, there is a need for strategies to increase the attractiveness of work in remote locations.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022185610390299
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Industrial Relations Society of Australia. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 53
Issue Number 1
Page from 83
Page to 101
ISSN 0022-1856
Date Accessioned 2011-09-30
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Human Resources Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/41303
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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