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WA leads across the board – survey

IT’S not just the economic data that’s showing a two-speed economy, with anecdotal evidence from Western Australian CEOs indicating the state is out on its own in many other regards, most notably in management issues and staff demands. A comprehensive survey of Australian chief executives released by CEO membership organisation, The Executive Connection, showed that WA business leaders were more confident about the future than their counterparts in other states. The data also show that WA business leaders were facing different workplace patterns than other bosses, with less demand for WA staff to work from home but more WA employees wanting flexible work hours. Bosses in this state also feel better about their interpersonal relationships with staff than their east coast colleagues. The survey shows that the management influence of baby boomers is waning, that women are getting increasing power in the workplace and that new IR laws made hiring easier but generally had little impact on staff. The difficulty of finding good people is identified as the big issue, and may explain the survey’s reported move to younger managers in the past year.

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