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Modern businesses are driven by analytics and the right course of action is often determined by the data and statistics available. Human resources is no different.

In this blog, we'll discuss nine surprising HR stats that you need to know and how each of them can be used to improve your company.

 

A List of 9 Surprising HR Stats

Work in HR? Here's a list of statistics you might not be aware of but really should be:

 

  1. 72.8% of employers struggle to find relevant candidates for their businesses.

Finding the right employees — the kind that are highly qualified and fit in well with your company culture — is tough, and competition for their services is fierce.

In order to combat this, it's wise to keep your candidate pipeline full, even when you aren't hiring. That way, when you do intend to add to your team, you have a list of prescreened talent to pull from.

Sure, many of these candidates will have taken employment elsewhere, but some of them might still be available. A few of them may even be interested in switching employers again if what you're offering is enticing enough!

[Source: TalentNow]

 

2. Today, the average person will only stay with their current company for 4.2 years and will change jobs 10 to 15 times over the course of his or her career.

Employee loyalty is (mostly) dead. The modern worker is constantly on the lookout for a better situation and won't hesitate to take it when it presents itself.

As a company you need to be aware of this growing trend and prepared for it. Invest in your company culture. Ensure employees are happy and engaged. Make your company a place they never want to leave and they won't — at least not as quickly!

But when talent does decide to move on, ease the transition by developing a streamlined onboarding system with comprehensive training materials. That way, whoever is filling a vacant position can get up to speed quickly.

[Source: Sage People]

 

3. Over 79% of job seekers use social media in their job search.

If you want to find the best talent for your company (and who doesn't want the best?), you need to go where they are. That means investing in social sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and any others your ideal candidates frequent.

Also, try using a tool like Recruit to easily post your job listings to social media sites and enlist your current employees to help promote open positions to their own social followers.

[Source: Sage People]

 

4. 53% of HR professionals say that an improved onboarding experience increases employee engagement.

Engaged employees are happy employees. And happy employees tend to work harder, care more, and switch employers less often — all great things for your company!

So how's your onboarding game? If it needs work, check out Onboard, HR Cloud's intuitive onboarding software suite. It's easy to use and will definitely help improve employee engagement!

[Source: Rise People]

 

5. 97% of HR leaders are planning to increase their investment in recruiting technology by the year 2020.

Why? Because the intelligent use of technology can help HR teams reach more qualified candidates, vet them more effectively, and streamline the entire hiring process.

Ready to invest? Recruit is an innovative applicant tracking software, complete with customizable hiring portals and automated communication features. It also integrates seamlessly with other popular apps such as ZipRecruiter, Checkr and Engagedly!

[Source: Rise People]

 

6. Highly inclusive organizations generate 1.4X more revenue and are 120% more capable of meeting financial targets.

Ensuring diversity in your workplace isn't just the right thing to do; it will actually improve your business! And that makes sense…

By stacking your team with people of all backgrounds, interests and beliefs; you'll give your company access to an incredible wealth of ideas and the ability to see problems from every potential angle. These benefits have been proven to translate into increased profits.

[Source: The Lasalle Network]

 

7. Every dollar invested in wellness programs returned the original dollar plus $2.38.

Take care of your employees! We'd hope that your company would want to do this regardless. But if you need a little extra incentive, there it is.

The money your company pours into wellness programs is returned threefold in the form of improved employee productivity, lower health risks, and less turnover.

[Source: The Lasalle Network

 

8. According to 46% of HR leaders, employee burnout is responsible for up to half of their company's annual workforce turnover.

Speaking of productivity, health risks and turnover; employee burnout is a real thing and it's escalating at an alarming rate in the United States.

Fortunately, there are things your company can do to reduce burnout in your organization such as ensuring open lines of communication between employees and management, setting strong work/life boundaries, and creating an enjoyable company culture and atmosphere.

[Source: Rise People]

 

9. Employee turnover is 25% lower at companies that support remote work.

Your employees want choice and freedom. By providing them the option to work remotely — even if it's just one of two days a week — you can lower turnover rates by as much as 25%!

Now, we realize that not every company is in a position to offer remote work to their employees. But if your company is, it could be well worth it.

[Source: Capterra]

 

In Conclusion

Modern HR, as proven by these nine surprising HR stats, is about engaging and empowering employees.

From finding superstar talent and effectively onboarding them, to building an inclusive company atmosphere with an emphasis on employee wellness, a lot can be learned from the above mentioned statistics!

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