HRA Recruitment Blogs

Saturday, 13 September 2014 00:00

30% Staff Turnover is OK – isn’t it?

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It’s OK that we lose about 30% of our employees each year…………….isn’t it?Yet again, we seem to be talking to an increasing number of organisations where employee resignations are reaching staggering proportions. In my view, 30% is a reflection on an uncaring organisation which clearly has little in common with the employees and clearly has little going on in terms of employee engagement or understanding. This reminds me of a HK based company in 2003 where annual turnover was over 33%. The management identified the huge cost involved and brought in a consultant. A year later, turnover had reduced to…
I was as sadened as the rest of us who work or have worked in front line contracting here in Hong Kong when I read this report in last weekend’s SCMP. “The number of people falling to their deaths at work has hit its highest level since 2003, prompting calls for tougher supervision and penalties. The Sunday Morning Post analyzed Labour Department figures on workplace deaths after the latest incident, in which two workers - a man and a woman - fell to their death from a block of flats on The Peak on March 25. They had been carrying…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00

Could work emails be banned after 6pm

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Seems not! The widely reported rumors that France decided to ban employees from answering work emails after 6 p.m. are just that—rumors. This all started with an article published in the UK's Guardian newspaper. The article stated, “Employers' federations and unions have signed a new, legally binding labour agreement that will require staff to switch off their phones after 6 p.m.” It turns out that this was a slight exaggeration. Here’s what really happened. Last week, two groups of employers signed an agreement with French unions outlining certain workers’ “obligation to disconnect.” The agreement followed several months of negotiation and…
Friday, 31 January 2014 00:00

Staff Retention

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The massive infrastructure investment currently being undertaken in Hong Kong is without doubt starting to put pressure on the job market. Simply put – not enough skilled / professional resources here to satisfy demand in coming months and years. There are increasing signs that we are experiencing the phenomenon where many professionals are being courted to leave their existing employer and move to another – very often at a higher cost. Such a situation is potentially damaging not only in terms of internal relationships with existing staff but also through wage / salary drift. My advice to HR Managers is…
Friday, 31 January 2014 14:11

Lack of common courtesies risk company reputation

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Reported today by sources in Singapore: In a consultant survey, 75% of candidates who applied for jobs never heard back from the employer, while 60% said that the employer never bothered letting them know of the decision after the interview. The report goes on to say that 43% of respondents reported that they found out during the interview that the job did not match what was written in the job ad.
Friday, 31 January 2014 14:10

Staff Turnover

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As part of a 12 months research program, we have been asking our candidates to identify why they chose to leave their employment (or indeed wish to leave). We are now able to identify the top 10 reasons given to us; these are:
Friday, 31 January 2014 14:09

Working Hours

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The Legislative Council Panel on Manpower has conducted an overseas visit to South Korea to study the implementation of standard work hours. According to the LegCo’s document since 2004, South Korea has implemented the standard work hour scheme under which workers should not work more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week.
Friday, 31 January 2014 14:09

Bizarre recruitment method or what??

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A report out today highlights that a Chinese firm has decided that people who are Scorpios and Virgos are “too moody and critical”, telling job seekers with those star signs that they need not apply. On the other hand, Capricorns, Pisces and Libras, will be given priority.