The Great Divide
There is no geographic feature that looms as large in the history of Australia's economic development as the Great Dividing Range. Thisrange of mountains and hills separates our lush coastal lands from our harsher and more arid interior and stretches from our northern mosttropics to our southern extremities. In history it stood as a symbolic barrier to economic progress and the exploration and crossing of theGreat Dividing Range revealed lands less fertile than those to the east, but in many ways lands richer in natural resources. Our understandingof the potential west of The Divide has released great wealth to thiscountry, never more so than with the resources boom of the last two or three years.Similarly, our understanding of the potential of our people is the key toAustralia's future growth. There is a gap in this understandingthough, a great divide, as this study will reveal. The employmentchallenge in this country has changed irrevocably over the last few years. The priorities are no longer just about getting Australians back to work, but in engaging them in their work so that they can make realcontributions. Companies and governments alike share this challengeas retention of staff, an ageing population and a growing economy thatis further supported by global trends, present different challenges.People have never been more important, but closing the divide betweenhow employers see their workers and how employees view their jobs iscritical to our future economic success. Today, that gap should alarm all employers.This report draws upon independently commissioned research, desk research and 1st Executive's own experience in consulting to a widerange of clients on employment and staff retention issues.
1st Executive's Inaugural Study into Australians’Attitudes to Work