Dr Peter Langford provided an update on the trends within the higher education sector at the 2016 Universities HR Benchmarking Conference hosted by the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association (AHEIA) in Melbourne. Pete and Stuart Andrews, Executive Director of AHEIA, announced the 2016 AHEIA/Voice Project “Change Awards” at the conference dinner.
Council Staff Survey
On a freezing winter’s day at 6 in the morning I recently travelled to a Council depot to present employee engagement survey results to their outdoor staff.
Rightly, schools focus on the environment they provide for student learning and development. This endeavour, however, can overshadow the fact that they are also a work environment for staff – one which can promote or undermine staff engagement, wellbeing and performance.
Research institutes have an important role in our society. Breakthroughs in science, for example, have led to and will continue to lead to life-changing advances in technology and medicine. Our research shows that employees within research institutes are highly engaged and generally more satisfied with a wide range of HR and management practices compared with most University employees.
Many authors and consultants are promoting the concept of generational differences and the potential value to organisations if they undertake interventions targeting specific age groups and generational cohorts. We believe, however, there is more sizzle than substance in this topic.
Over the last few years, sessional academic staff (sometimes referred as casual academics) have become an increasingly significant proportion of the workforce in Australian universities. A recent study reported that sessional academics accounted for approximately 60% of the academic workforce in Australia.