For HR teams, recruiters and managers at companies looking to hire and retain employees in a climate of low unemployment and an acute skills shortage
For HR teams, recruiters and managers at companies looking to hire and retain employees in a climate of low unemployment and an acute skills shortage, knowing why employees may entertain other job offers is critical. We wanted ti take a look at some of the key reasons people leave their jobs.
What appeals most to workers today? Better benefits (50 percent) and a flexible work environment (42 percent) were the top reasons, excluding money, that employed workers said they would leave their current job for a new one, according to a just-released report by talent and outsourcing company Yoh. The study also showed that just 15 percent of employed workers said they would not leave their current job for any reason.
Still, that leaves a vast majority of workers indicating that they are open to a job change if the right offer came along. In short, other than the possibility of higher wages, the promise of better benefits (50 percent) and a flexible work environment (42 percent) would encourage a number of people to listen to other job offers.
A larger proportion of employed women than men would consider leaving their current job for a flexible work environment (44 percent vs. 39 percent), and a higher-level position may be more important for employed men as they are more likely to cite leaving for this reason than women (40 percent vs. 30 percent).
The least common reasons employed Americans said they would consider a job change were for a better commute (24 percent) and more perks such as onsite gyms, daycare or dry-cleaning (27 percent).
Employed Millennials (those aged 18 to 34) were more likely to report they would leave a current job for “a field of work I’m more interested in” than those aged 45-plus (43 percent vs. 24 percent).
Of all age groups, those aged 35 to 44 had the highest proportion of employed persons (57 percent) indicated better benefits as a reason they would leave their current job for a new one. Second was the Millennial age group (those aged 18 to 34) with 53 percent, followed by 50 percent of 45- to 54-year-olds, 48 percent of 55- to 64-year-olds and 27 percent of those aged 65 and up.
Key survey takeaways for companies to consider when hiring include:
The remote work future is here: Employed workers may be more open to a job that’s further from home but offers remote work capabilities rather than a job close to home but that mandates more consistent on-site work. Over two in five employed workers (42 percent) would switch jobs for a flexible work environment, while less than one quarter (24 percent) would switch for a better commute.
Tempting perks are a fading trend: A few years ago, many companies began offering interesting perks like on-site gyms, daycare services, dry-cleaning, on-site baristas and more to keep employees engaged and content. However, most employed workers (73 percent) would not leave their current job for a job that offers any of those trendy perks; rather, many seemed to be in favor of leaving for a job that offers better traditional benefits like better retirement options, healthcare options and vacation time (50 percent).
Does Pay Reign Supreme?
The Yoh study did not touch on salary, which still appears to be the most important factor for many people. According to a CareerBuilder “Candidate Behavior” study, candidates said that salary was what they most wanted to see in a job posting (74 percent), followed by the total benefits package (61 percent).
Other studies, however, found contrasting responses. A separate Korn Ferry survey revealed that nearly half of professionals actually prefer recognition over extra compensation. The report, which surveyed more than 850 professionals, found that 46 percent would prefer a promotion with no raise, with 54 percent saying they would prefer a raise with no promotion.
A Glassdoor report authored by chief economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain showed that many of the more exotic perks today have but a small effect on employee satisfaction compared to more traditional benefits like great health insurance and generous paid time off. The data showed that less traditional benefits like gym memberships, charitable gift matching and pet-friendly workplaces while important to some employees on average have a surprisingly weak correlation with employee satisfaction.
In coming years, the report said, many employers are likely to re-evaluate their benefits packages, more carefully focusing on core benefits that offer the biggest returns in terms of engagement and productivity rather than splashy headlines about unusual workplace perks.
In a poll by Hunt Scanlon Media on culture shaping, “Aligning Strategy and Culture,” respondents cited culture as the most important workplace consideration at their organization (73 percent). Culture seems to be what attracts many employees to companies: 56 percent of respondents to the Hunt Scanlon culture poll selected it as a “priority” over job satisfaction and compensation. Respondents said that culture change needed to become a “more significant part” of their organization’s leadership agenda (44 percent).