As large shares of employees indicate that they are planning to look for another job in the near future, employers should seek to improve the job candidate experience during the hiring process, increase engagement and retention among current employees, and develop a more transparent culture and a leadership structure that align with the needs of today’s workforce, a report by recruitment firm ExecuSearch Group recommended.

Released on January 12, the report’s findings were based on the results of a survey of more than 1,000 job seekers, working professionals, and hiring decision makers across a number of industries. The survey found that 50% of the working professionals intend to stay at their current company for only two years or less, and that 61% of these respondents reported they had been interviewing for two or more roles during the interview process for their current position.

The findings also suggested that employers are struggling to retain and hire top talent. When asked why employees leave their company, the top reasons cited by the recruitment professionals surveyed were a lack of advancement opportunities, a lack of salary growth, a negative work-life balance, and a poor corporate culture.

The survey results further indicated that employers are not providing the hiring experience expected by job candidates: 75% of the recruitment professionals polled stated that their hiring process, from initial interview to offer, takes more than three weeks—even though the vast majority said they believe the process should take two weeks at most.

When asked about their experiences of the hiring process for their current job, 34% of the working professionals said their interviewer could not convey the overall impact that their role has on the company’s goals, and 45% said they did not feel that their interviewer made the effort to give them an introduction to the culture.

The survey findings also appear to suggest that employers should take a more active approach to culture, retention, and leadership development: of the working professionals surveyed, 42% said they feel that the executive leadership at their organization does not contribute to a positive company culture, and 48% said they do not believe that their company encourages younger employees to pursue leadership positions. However, more than half (59%) of the working professionals polled reported that having access to projects to help keep their skills up-to-date would keep them satisfied at their current company.

In addition, the survey uncovered a disconnect between the goals of younger employees and employers: while 76% of the millennial working professionals cited having professional development opportunities as one of the most important elements of company culture, 74% of the recruitment professionals said that millennials are not prepared for leadership positions.

When asked to rank the importance of various kinds of opportunities for professional development, the top responses from working professionals were an emphasis on work-life balance, collaboration with team members, and access to leadership/management. Moreover, when asked which benefits other than health benefits would make them happier at their current company, the most common responses of the working professionals were flexible scheduling, greater vacation allowance, recognition by supervisors, and interesting projects or work.

From Benefit Trends Newsletter, Volume 60, Issue 3

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