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Making false promises during the recruitment process could backfire on companies, as new research shows their workers are more likely to resign.

Hays questioned 287 people to ask what their motivations would be for resigning from an organisation – 54 per cent responded with a company's failure to meet recruitment promises.

Attracting and retaining top talent is a major issue for any boss, explained managing director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand Nick Deligiannis, so being honest really is the best policy.

The expert continued: "Companies should make sure all touch points with potential candidates – from the recruitment process to orientation and induction – consistently promote their values.

"These values should be based on the real environment, be clearly articulated and be bought into by the whole organisation."

Receiving constant feedback from workers is a good way for companies to see how well their training process is functioning and whether any improvements need to be made.

As a result, providing a training evaluation form can give new recruits a platform to air their views, giving you useful feedback you can use to shape future programs.

The Hays survey also identified other areas of concern for the nation's workers, with 48 per cent saying a company that did not adhere to its stated culture or values would lead to their resignation.

Meanwhile, 38 per cent revealed they would leave a company that was not developing or modernising its culture or values.

Mr Deligiannis highlighted how a firm's reputation needs to be based on reality – and this must be communicated throughout the recruitment process.

Top executives must recognise the need to be honest at all times about the type of job new recruits can expect to be doing.

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