Job satisfaction comes from working in a stimulating and supportive environment. If workplaces are more aware of the skills that employees have, and endeavour to make the best use of skills, the organisation is more likley to retain the employee. Retention also improves when trainees and new recruits have the opportunity to use and develop current skills and knowledge.
Under-utilisation of expertise is a risk with equity groups whose skills and knowledge is more likely to be under-recognised.
Toni had just finished an Indigenous employment traineeship in construction. A rail contractor took on her and some of the other trainees but the work was dull, monotonous and not at all challenging. A couple of the trainees left in the first and second week. Toni spoke to the employment advisor from the training program. He spoke with her employer, clarifying the skills and knowledge that trainees had and the sort of work they were capable of doing. The employer organised for Toni and the remaining trainees to be transferred to a more engaging job that required them to use the skills they had learned during their traineeship. The advisor also arranged for a support person to keep in touch with them to ensure that any arising issues were addressed.