Apple CEO Steve Jobs once said, ‘All we are is our ideas or our people. That’s what keeps us going to work in the morning, to hang out with these great bright people’. Yet if people are such a crucial piston in the corporate engine, why is it that when PricewaterhouseCoopers asked 1300 global CEOs about their operational priorities, people strategies didn’t make the top five. It appears that many executives simply aren’t interested in creating great workplaces. For some its because they don’t recognise the true impact of people as core profit drivers. Others just throw out perks like lollies to children, hoping to magically reduce their staggeringly high staff turnover rates. The rest? They simply don’t know where to start. [Read More…]
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