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Surveyed Australian employees value extra bonuses, work flexibility, and on-site onboarding the most

Software Advice Australia 2 mins read
New study gives insight into employee development plans, benefits, and recognition.

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AUSTRALIA --- 23 November 2023

A recent survey conducted by Software Advice revealed that 54% of respondents indicated a preference for on-site onboarding when asked about their preferred onboarding process. Within this group, 20% preferred 'on-site shadowing sessions with peers', 18% chose 'on-site individual training modules conducted by a trainer', and 16% preferred 'on-site group training modules conducted by a trainer'. Surprisingly, the survey also found that 19% of respondents have never had an onboarding session throughout their careers.

In addition to onboarding preferences, the survey explored workplace benefits. It discovered that 54% of respondents view 'work flexibility' as the most significant workplace benefit. When asked about the benefits already offered in their current workplaces, 40% mentioned work flexibility as one benefit that is already in place.

When it comes to recognising work and effort, 52% of employees want a bonus based on performance, 49% seek positive feedback from managers or coworkers, and 20% want redistribution of profits from the company to employees. Although 19% of survey participants value public shoutouts and believe hosting monthly or quarterly shoutout meetings to appreciate high-performers could be beneficial, it is concerning that 18% of respondents stated that their companies do not offer any benefits.

The survey also sheds light on career development processes within companies. It revealed that 34% of participants reported that their company has no current process in place for career development. This lack of structure could hinder employees' growth and job satisfaction. Furthermore, 15% of respondents expressed dissatisfaction with the development plans offered by their companies, stating that these plans could have effectively supported their career growth.

Analyst at Software Advice, Ojasvini, said, “The findings challenge conventional beliefs and highlight the need for organisations to prioritise on-site onboarding and work flexibility. Companies must recognise the importance of providing comprehensive onboarding experiences, including shadowing sessions and individual and group training modules.

“Additionally, offering work flexibility can significantly contribute to employee satisfaction and overall well-being. Companies should also consider implementing career development processes to support their employees' growth and ensure long-term success.”

For more information about the survey findings and recommendations for improving onboarding processes, workplace benefits, and career development, please take a look at the full report published by Software Advice.

Survey Methodology
To gather data for this report, Software Advice conducted an online survey of 994 people during July 2023. The selection criteria for the participants are mentioned below:

  • Australian residents aged between 18 and 65 years
  • Those who are either employed full-time or part-time in a small or medium-sized business (with a minimum of 2 and maximum of 250 employees)
  • Who reports to a direct manager
  • Does not hold an owner or intern position

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Software Advice helps businesses navigate the software buying journey, guiding people through the selection process and providing personalised software recommendations. Founded in 2005, Software Advice has helped nearly 850,000 businesses find the right software for their specific needs through objective research and actionable insights. Software Advice also features over 1,000,000 verified user reviews to ensure people feel confident in their technology decisions. For more information, visit

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