Monday, May 21st, 2012
Seven out of 10 workers surveyed agree that unpaid incentives like child-care, flexible work practices, training and gym memberships are ‘important or very important’ to them when considering a new job role, according to a social media survey conducted by local and international award winning corporate training company - Happening People (

This is in direct contrast to industry information that shows that organisations are cutting back significantly on unpaid incentives for these are seen as ‘nice-to-haves’ and are financially unsustainable in the current tight economy.

Managing Director of Happening People, Samuel Day, said: “The results of the survey are very clear if you want to attract and retain staff you need to have incentives in place that do just that. You don’t want your best people walking across the road to your competitor.”

A recent half yearly survey conducted by accounting firm PWC of 1000 medium-sized clients with revenues between $10 million and $100 million has shown a shift in attitudes. Non-financial staff incentives are being cut significantly compared with 18 months ago. The survey indicated that 9% of those organisations surveyed did not have a strategy for retaining staff, yet 42% responded that finding the right staff was their most challenging issue.

Managing Director of Happening People, Samuel Day said: “With unemployment at a low of 4.9% the talent pool is being squeezed. Good employees know their worth and will go where they are most valued."

The survey is the focal point of this week’s coveted workplace blog by Happening People - Top 5 on Incentives that Retain Good Staff. The top 5 include: ( )

1. Decide who will be incentivised
2. Link Incentives to business objectives
3. Get buy-in and find out what they like
4. Communicate the incentive program
5. Keep it fresh and think outside the box.

Happening People are known for their talents in working with organisations to take control of their companies’ performance. They have worked with 25% of Australia’s top 100 largest organisations. They are the experts in Corporate Training Programs focused on Effective Leadership and Coaching Programs aimed at assisting; Leaders, Managers and their teams to become effective and inspiring leaders.


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Happening People Training and Management Consultants

HAPPENING PEOPLE was founded by Samuel Day in 1996. Since that time it consulted with 25% of Australia's Top 100 companies over the past 15 years. Today more than 1 in every 500 working Australians has attended a Happening People corporate training program in topics such as; Solutions Selling Skills, Customer Service, Performance Management and Leadership.
Happening People helps clients take control of their performance and that of their people by understanding the needs of the client and tailoring a specific learning program to achieve greater performance.
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Samuel Day - Managing Director
P: 041 2228 124


Work Incentives survey, Corporate Training Programs, Effective Leadership and Coaching Programs, Inspiring leaders and managers.



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