Deloitte survey: employers’ transparency increases productivity

by Editor 4/11/2008 1:52:00 PM
Deloitte,Deloiite jobs,IT consulting jobs

The results of the “Deloitte 2008 Ethics & Workplace” survey show that employers and leadership’s openness and transparency with their staff leads to a more productive workplace and a more ethical workplace culture.

The survey, conducted by Opinion Reseach on behalf of Deloitte, reveals that open and honest communication between employees and their bosses about issues such as work-life balance significantly improves the workplace culture. 72 percent of respondents feel that if their leadership were more upfront about their need to take personal time off during work hours, the work environment would be more productive.

The results indicate a strong relationship between greater transparency and ethical behaviour at work. As many as 84 percent of respondents feel that their bosses’ openness contributes to a more ethical culture.

Another thing that improves productivity according to the study is a better work-life balance. As many as 81 percent of working adults take advantage of flexible work arrangements. 75 percent of respondents feel that everyone in their workplace is treated equally when it comes to customized work hours, but only 50 percent say that the leaders tend to set different standards for themselves.

Deloitte’s Chairman of the Board Sharon L. Allen says:

“Today’s workforce demands a more ‘customized’ career path and a tremendous amount of flexibility. One size fits all no longer attracts or retains the best talent. By promoting open and honest communications across organizations and setting the tone at the top, our survey tells us that the workforce of today can be motivated in different ways. This is increasingly critical to retaining talent and preserving the health of today’s organizations.”

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International study on consultants and IT workers

by Editor 4/4/2008 2:52:00 PM

Dr. Rory Donnelly, a postdoctoral research fellow at Manchester Business School, is conducting an international study on consultants and IT workers, titled "Careers and Flexibility in the New Economy – A Transatlantic Study."

He has stopped by our forum to ask all the consultants who post there to complete an online survey that will provide “comparative insight into the career dynamics and flexibility available to consultants and IT workers in the UK and the USA.”

The survey is not a long one, it consists mostly of multiple choice questions and any information you submit will be treated confidentially.

If you are interested in participating in the study, you can fill out the survey here.

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Top 10 Consultancy Recruitment Agencies – annual survey

by Editor 3/17/2008 3:16:00 PM

Top-Consultant has recently published the 2008 Recruitment Channel Report, which contains the results of a survey of more than 250 consultancy recruiters and over 1,150 candidates (including IT/technology consultants), conducted in recent months. Among other things, the survey covers application trends, candidate preferences, hiring expectations for this year, the most frequent reasons why consultants changed jobs and an assessment of different recruitment strategies.

In December and January, consultants and candidates were asked to vote on the best recruitment agencies. The full results of the poll can now be seen in the Recruitment Channel Report.

Here are the top ten recruitment agencies (by reach/percentage of applications):

1. Consulting Point (12.0)

2. EM Consulting (9.0)

3. Michael Page (8.6)

4. Prism (6.0)

5. BLT (5.8)

6. Aston Carter (5.4)

7. Selecture (4.6)

8. Astbury Marsden (4.5)

9. The Shilston Partnership (2.8)

10. Hays (2.7)

 

To see the results of other recruitment polls, please visit Top-Consultant and download the Management Consultancy Recruitment Channel Report for 2008.

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