Long service leave should be scrapped according to workplace coach

HR expert calls for long service leave to be SCRAPPED because workers aren’t staying in roles long enough

  • Workplace coach called for an end to long service leave across Australia
  • Victoria Mills said it was outdated among new generation of ‘Tinder workforce’ 
  • She claimed too many workers were changing jobs and not entitled to benefit 

A workplace coach has called for an end to long service leave because too many workers are changing jobs instead of sticking with one for the long run.

Victoria Mills branded the benefit ‘outdated’ claiming it does not apply to the new generation of workers known as the ‘Tinder workforce’.

She said employees are changing jobs more frequently, choosing to leave when they are dissatisfied and ‘swiping’ right on new, better opportunities.

A workplace coach has called for an end to long service leave because too many workers are changing jobs instead of sticking with one for the long run (stock image)

A workplace coach has called for an end to long service leave because too many workers are changing jobs instead of sticking with one for the long run (stock image)

Victoria Mills (pictured) branded the benefit 'outdated' claiming it does not apply to the new generation of workers known as the 'Tinder workforce'

Victoria Mills (pictured) branded the benefit ‘outdated’ claiming it does not apply to the new generation of workers known as the ‘Tinder workforce’

‘While it may have worked as an incentive for previous generations – long-term loyalty for employees is quickly becoming a thing of the past,’ Ms Mills said.

Long service leave is only offered to employees if they have worked at a company for several years with the timeframe ranging between seven to 15 years.

New data has revealed that worker loyalty is slowly on the decline with average workplace tenure at two years and nine months.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics showed 55 per cent of the 13.4million workforce in the country had been in their current role for less than five years. 

Some 21 per cent had only been working for their current boss for less than a year – compared to 18 per cent recorded in 2021.

McCrindle Research released its Future of Education 2021 report revealing future workers will have six different careers and work at 18 different jobs in their lifetime.

Long service leave is only offered to employees if they have worked at a company for several years with the timeframe ranging between seven to 15 years (stock image)

Long service leave is only offered to employees if they have worked at a company for several years with the timeframe ranging between seven to 15 years (stock image)

‘We now have a generation where everything is disposable and they’re used to having a lot of choice,’ Ms Mills said.

‘They treat their jobs like Tinder too – constantly looking for something better and if they’re not satisfied they’ll swipe to the next one.’

Ms Mills said bosses needed to start coming up with new ways to entice their workers to stay with them for longer. 

‘Bosses should be looking at more upfront bonus structures, wellness programs, education and coaching to offer their staff a reason to stay,’ she said.

‘They need to be thinking what can I offer my staff today because by tomorrow it will be too late.’

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