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27 March 2014
Australian employees ‘can’t stand’ their co-workers
Australian workers are driving one another off the deep end, according to an online poll by careers and distance education specialists, Career FAQs.
Over 50 per cent of respondents reported that they were resigning because they ‘can’t stand’ their colleagues and/or boss.
Less than 20 per cent cited career progression or salary as a factor that had contributed to their departure.
Visitors downloading one of the resignation letter templates available on the Career FAQs website were asked to select the reason for their resignation from a series of common responses, with the overwhelming majority indicating that their co-workers had played a part.
One respondent went on to comment: ‘I can no longer endure the atmosphere my colleagues have created,’ whilst another complained: ‘my boss is a b*tch.’
The results provide insight into what is becoming an increasingly volatile job market, with the national unemployment rate at 6 per cent, representing a 10-year high.
Career FAQs Managing Director, Will Santow, says the poll’s findings are also indicative of a more widespread tendency for businesses to overlook staff cohesiveness and ‘cultural fit’ when choosing the right candidate. And, importantly, it highlights the need for management to proactively develop a positive work culture for all staff.
“Our audience is telling us that the traditional ‘soft’ or people skills in management are more important than ever. From the employee’s perspective, it’s about feeling like you’re valued for the work you do, and that you’re an important member of the team.
In turn, that comes down to management practicing good people skills, listening to staff feedback, and being in tune with and responding to the mood of the workplace. After all, finding and replacing unhappy staff is both tough on the individuals concerned and disruptive and costly for the organisation.”
Over 5000 Australians have downloaded one of Career FAQs’ free sample resumes, cover letters or resignation letters in 2014 alone, suggesting that even in the current challenging employment market, unhappy employees are prepared to back their abilities to find a better job or just a happier work place.
In 2005, http://www.careerfaqs.com.au established itself as the leading publisher of 45 diverse career guides that met a pressing need for quality Australian career and educational resources. Now a wholly online operation, with fresh content posted daily, the Career FAQs website
attracts around 400,000 visitors/month and features well over 600 nationally recognised, accredited online university and TAFE courses, along with up-to-date career news, tips and advice for anyone and everyone who is invested in their career.