Are employers delivering on what potential employees want most? Results from a recent survey by Randstad US, one of the largest staffing and HR services companies in the United States, indicates that in many cases they do not, and an “attributes gap” exists.
The top three employer attributes that jobseekers value most – salary and employee benefits (#1); long-term job security (#2); and pleasant working atmosphere (#3) – score fifth, sixth and eighth, respectively, among the ranking of attributes on which they feel employers best deliver.
Conversely, the attributes that job seekers feel employers score highest on are – financial health (#1); strong management (#2); and good training (#3) – score just fifth, ninth and seventh, respectively, among jobseekers’ list of most-desired employer attributes.
“These findings reveal an ‘attributes gap’ between what U.S. jobseekers want and what they perceive potential employers to be best at providing,” said Jim Link, Chief Human Resource Officer, Randstad North America.
“What this should signify to employers is a growing disconnect that can be detrimental from an employee engagement, retention and, ultimately, cost perspective. While organizations may not be able to influence every workplace desire, managing workers’ wants and needs should not only be done from a macro-level by the organization, but also much more frequently from a micro-level by managers to ensure alignment.”
The Randstad Employer Branding Survey, the world’s largest employer branding study with more than 200,000 respondents worldwide, also revealed that while salary and employee benefits is by far the most highly ranked attribute (62 percent of respondents ranked it in their top five), other attributes are growing in importance compared to previous year’s report.
The top three in year-over-year growth are: financial health; flexible working arrangements; and good training.
Tips to Bridge the Attributes Gap
To help employers and their HR leadership better bridge the “attributes gap,” Randstad offers the following strategic suggestions to help maximize the effect of employment branding on the attraction, retention and engagement of top talent: