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Survey: Half of employees feel like they don’t have a career

Training, perks may aid in employee retention

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Almost a third of employees plan to change jobs this year, and half of employees feel like they have just a job, not a career, according to a national survey from CareerBuilder. The survey also found two thirds of employers say nearly a quarter of their new hires don’t show up after accepting a job.

The national surveys, conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder from December 20, 2018 to January 16, 2019, included representative samples of 1,021 hiring managers and human resource managers and 1,010 full-time U.S. workers across industries and company sizes in the private sector.

“Job candidates are in the driver’s seat and are considering much more than salary when applying for jobs,” said Irina Novoselsky, CEO of CareerBuilder, in a news release. Benefits, location and commute time are increasingly important factors. To attract and retain talent, hiring managers will need to meet workers’ hiring, onboarding and career expectations and provide the perks, work-life balance and career advancement opportunities they demand.”

Among the findings:

•  Just 32% of employees are satisfied with the opportunities for career advancement.

• Only 37% are satisfied with the training and learning opportunities at their current company

•58% think their company does not offer enough opportunities to learn new skills and help them move up in their career.

• 73% of employees whose companies do not currently offer educational opportunities or workshops outside of work hours say they would be likely to participate if they were available.

• 15% of employees say low compensation or lack of benefits are among the top reasons they left their last job. Employees said that aside from salary, benefits (75%) and commute time (59%) are the most important factors they consider when applying to a job.

• 42% of employees say half-day Fridays would make them more willing to join or stay at a company. On-site fitness centers (23%) and award trips (21%) are also important to job seekers.

• 29% say they regularly search for jobs while employed.

• 78% say that even though they are not actively looking for a new role, they would be open if the right opportunity came along.

• 51% say they’ve looked for other jobs even when an offer has been extended and the background check is in process.

Among the findings about employers:

• 67% of employers report almost a quarter of new hires not showing up after accepting a position.

56% of employers have paid for employees to get skills-based training or continued education outside the office so they can move up to a higher-skill job within their organization.



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