70% of employees leave within the first year due to a poor match

New research shows that 70% of employers have experienced employees leaving within the first year due to being a poor match for the organisation.

According to a survey, conducted by recruitment and workforce solutions experts Hays Ireland, 44% of professionals have at some point left a job within the first year because it didn’t meet their expectations, as outlined in the initial application phase.

The main issues causing the disconnect between expectations and experience include the level of training not provided as expected (43% ), incorrect job advert content (37% ), and a lack of consistency between an employee’s expectation of the specific role and that of their direct manager’s (28% ).

Almost two in five (37% ) employees have left a role or come close to leaving a role due to a poorly managed onboarding process.

Hays Ireland state that in the current market employers must be aware that applicants expect to be informed at application stage of wider factors when considering a role. These include indications of a positive work-life balance, a workplace culture they enjoy, salary details and clear career pathways. Only 39% of employees say a job description alone will convince them to apply for a role.

68% of professionals are now using employee value proposition (EVP ) to determine whether to apply to an organisation compared to 57% in 2018. Employee Value Proposition, or EVP, outlines why someone should consider working for that organisation.

The survey also shows the importance of the subsequent interview process with over half (59% ) of employees saying they have been deterred or almost deterred from a prospective employer because of a poor interview experience. The most common reason for being put off a role at this stage is because the process was too long (42% ) – most employees (63% ) think two rounds of interviews are acceptable as part of the overall application process.

Managing Director of Hays Ireland, Maureen Lynch, says interviews and application processes offer professionals a first-hand view of an organisation’s culture and work environment.

“It’s crucial for employers to recognise that negative interview or application experiences, such as lengthy processes or unprepared interviewers, are causing high applicant attrition rates.

“Recruitment and retention continue to pose significant challenges for Irish employers. Poor retention not only comes with a significant financial cost, but also contributes to decreased productivity, low morale, weak culture, and can damage client relationships.

“As employers prepare planning for the remainder of the year, investing in robust recruitment and retention strategies is imperative for sustained growth and success”


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