Friday, October 29th, 2010


WA businesses who will all be impacted by the next mining boom cannot continue to ignore the looming crisis in employment retention says Coaching Combinations Founder Emma Driscoll.

Ms Driscoll said that January this year, international recruitment firm Chandler McLeod released the findings of a report they conducted based on 10,000 candidates across Australia and of those surveyed 71 per cent were planning a move from their current roles and a hefty 62 per cent were actually considering a move out their occupation altogether sometime in the following 12 months.

"This adds up to a potential talent management nightmare to say the very least," Ms Driscoll said."It's only going to get worse with the mining boom now in full swing again in WA, staffing shortages will be a massive issue for all businesses. The solution to the problem is addressing something I call ‘Corporate Disconnect'."

Ms Driscoll said that although increasing numbers of employees have been leaving jobs due to job dissatisfaction there was something managers and business owners could do to improve the workplace experience, increase productivity and avoid losing their best staff.

"Businesses are not as connected to their staff as they need to be in order to retain them in a buoyant market," Ms Driscoll said.

"There are simple and very effective strategies that managers can use to engage their staff and to make them think twice before moving into another job.

"Managers need support and there is insufficient training in people management in many organisations."
Ms Driscoll said it was a myth that staff always leave because they are not getting paid enough and that there were so many other reasons that contribute to it.

"When businesses know what motivates an individual, they end up with challenged employees and productive businesses and it is a win-win for employees and businesses alike," she said.

"Managers need to get the most out of their team by helping staff members develop their strengths which leads to a happier work experience, a more productive workplace and healthier bottom line.

"We can assist managers in addressing the individual needs of each staff member, with a view to increasing productivity in the workplace for a better overall performance of that organisation.

"Of course, making the wrong recruitment decisions in the first place can potentially mean doubling the annual salary that you would have paid them in order to cover the costs of getting a replacement if they leave within the first 6 months."

Ms Driscoll said a consultant can provide businesses with the right tools which saves money, but also leads to substantial productivity increases and increased financial success.

If businesses do not address this then staff will continue to leave for more lucrative options in the mining industry as a short term fix to their dissatisfaction," she says.

To learn more about Coaching Combinations and how you can do things today to retain your best staff, visit

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Coaching Combinations

Coaching Combinations provides HR coaching and career development services for managers and employees.

Emma has a background in Recruitment and Human Resource functions as well as training and assessment/coaching and facilitation.

The combination of this experience coupled with qualifications across HR provides an effective set of skills designed to produce significant and sustained behavioural changes in teams resulting in improved capabilities to achieve business objectives.


- HR Consulting/Career Coaching-Business & Individuals
- Transitioning into leadership roles support
- Leadership skills training
- Conflict Resolution Skills Training
- Setting up new teams
- Retention and Attraction strategies
- Performance Management
- Meeting performance targets
- Change management support
- Absenteeism

Coaching Combinations aims to be the connecting point between business and the individual by providing a well rounded and thorough approach to exploring and finding solutions for business requirements in the HR space. We look for the root cause of problems and engage people in finding solutions which will promote motivation and passion within the business as a whole.

At Coaching Combinations, we aim to induce people to work for the business as well as ensuring that the business is working for the people!
Emma Driscoll
P: 0412 155 567
M: 0412 155 567


Employee Retention, staffing issues, HR, skills shortage, mining boom, employment market, coaching, people management, productivity, re recruitment, staffing needs, motivation, staff engagement, management training,



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