Employees don’t feel confident about their skill levels, and they don’t think employers are doing enough to provide them with the competencies they need to be successful. According to a new report, the skills gap is still a problem for employers and workers alike. About half (53%) of 1,000 employees surveyed say that they aren’t sure if they have the skills to withstand a future layoff. At the same time, a similar number of people don’t believe that their current employer provides the right development opportunities to help them be successful. … [Read more...] about Report: Employers Still Aren’t Filling the Skills Gap
Retention & Engagement
More than ever, employees care about financial wellness; and they are looking to their employers for guidance and support. There’s good news and bad news about financial wellness benefits. More companies offer financial wellness programs for employees, but awareness--especially of healthcare savings and caregiver support benefits--is still lacking. Read on to see how your workplace stacks up with the competition. … [Read more...] about How Do Your Employees Rate Their Financial Wellness?
More than ever, employees’ daily experiences determine if they stay or go. Make sure you have the right stuff to draw and retain the best workers. An annual Global Culture Report identified six core elements of workplace culture that determine a candidate’s decision to take a job. Employee sense of purpose, opportunity, success, appreciation, wellbeing, and leadership are powerful draws and growing in their influence. … [Read more...] about Do You Have These ‘Talent Magnets’ to Attract Good Employees?
Over three-quarters of employers aren’t getting good or useful results from their employee surveys. A few changes can make a big difference. If they’re done right, employee engagement surveys can provide a wealth of information. However, too often these efforts are poorly planned or executed. As a result, they elicit little real information; or, worse, they provide feedback that is misleading or unclear. In fact, some research suggests that up to 78% of companies aren’t getting good results from their surveys. Read on to find out how you can make your employee … [Read more...] about Useful or Useless: How Effective Are Your Employee Engagement Surveys?
If you think that your best employees aren’t dreaming of greener pastures, you could be facing a turnover nightmare. Job loyalty may be on the downswing, according to a new survey. Of full-time workers who changed jobs in the past two years, 88% say they are willing to consider a new employment opportunity; and about a third say they are actively seeking a new job. These numbers are up about 8% from the same survey last year. … [Read more...] about How to Breathe New Life into Employee Loyalty
Increasingly, employers are taking a holistic approach to their wellness programs for workers. According to a recent study from Optum, employers are increasingly engaged in efforts to keep employees healthy. However, more organizations are moving their focus from wellness to well-being and taking a holistic approach to employee health. Read on to learn about the latest trends and best practices. … [Read more...] about Study: More Employers Exercise Well-Being to Keep Workers Healthy
Employees say that reskilling can make or break their engagement and decisions about where to work. The World Economic Forum has predicted that the world’s workforce will need “significant reskilling” by 2023. At the same time, studies show that employees want to learn and gain new skills. Yet a recent survey suggests that only 41% of workers say their employers are providing training to prepare them for the future. At the same time, 76% say that such opportunities would make their current or prospective employers more appealing. … [Read more...] about Survey: Future-Focused Training and Leaders Are in Demand
Innovative “stay conversations” can motivate your best workers not to go. Turnover costs U.S. businesses $600 billion last year, and this doesn’t account for the knowledge, experience, and ideas employees take with them when they leave. Increasingly, organizations are using “stay conversations” to keep people from going. A one-on-one talk between a boss and an individual team member, the stay conversation is designed to help the supervisor determine what’s important to their employee in the workplace, as well as his or her interests and aspirations. By getting this information directly from the employee, the manager can more accurately target efforts to keep the person engaged. Increasingly, employers see it as a fairly simple solution to a complex problem. … [Read more...] about Will They Stay or Will They Go?
Up to half of your employees may be looking to leave, but they might be willing to stay with the right incentive. While their strategies to retain good team members vary widely, employers are almost universally concerned about their ability to succeed in these efforts. In a new survey from Robert Half, only 19% of employers say they are “not at all concerned” about their company’s ability to retain valued employees. A third (33%) say they are “very concerned,” and nearly half (48%) say they are “somewhat” concerned. These worries appear to be well-founded, as 43% of workers in the same survey say they plan to look for a new job in the next 12 months. … [Read more...] about Worried About Your Employees Leaving? Survey Suggests You Should Be.
Survey: Workers blame weak company culture for lack of engagement. There was a time when employees commonly worked at a company for years, often receiving gold watches and pensions from the same place where they started their careers. However, recent findings suggest that employee loyalty is a thing of the past and that employers need to work harder to win engagement and buy-in. Read on to find out what employees like about their jobs, what impacts their morale and productivity, and what makes them head out the door. … [Read more...] about How to Make Employee Loyalty Trend at Your Company