New employees poised to depart quickly if they feel job doesn't fit

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Not only is it hard to find good help because of the tight job market, but a study shows workers who are hired are quick to jump ship if the position doesn’t measure up to them and they don’t feel appreciated.

In a survey by Korn Ferry of 361 professionals from varying industries, 93% of managers said retaining new hires is an issue. Additionally, 26% of employees said they’d leave a job if it wasn’t a good fit, even if they didn’t have another position lined up.

The top reasons new hires leave, according to the survey, is their role isn’t what they expected and working for the company was different than they thought it would be.

Culture is key, but is it being practiced?

“It is important that organizations have a clear employer brand to share with candidates that reflects the day-to-day culture,” said Neil Griffiths, Korn Ferry Futurestep vice president, in a statement. “Competitive benefits and salaries are stakes to attract top talent, but creating an environment where employees are given interesting work and recognized for their efforts will give them a reason to stay.”

More than three quarters, (82%) indicated if they took a job they ended up not liking, even though it paid well, they would leave as soon as they found a new one.

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When it comes to receiving more money to help retention, 5% said it would help to a big degree, 40% said yes, to some degree; and 55% said no. Some 26% said they would leave without another job, while 74% said they would stick it out until finding another job.

If hired for a role that was not a fit, but paid well, 82% said they would stay while looking for a new position and 3% would leave even if they didn’t have a different position.

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An article in human resource publication CIPHR cited the following reasons why employees leave jobs quickly:

  • Knowing there are enough jobs in the market to allow job hopping is a big reason for having a lack of commitment.
  • Work responsibilities don’t match their expectations and/or discussions during the interview.
  • New hires don’t like their new boss. The new manager may not have created a welcoming environment, does not respect the new hire and/or may not be mindful of the new hire’s needs.
  • Insufficient training during the onboarding process. New hires shouldn’t be left feeling unprepared due to a lack of training or be left to figure out for themselves how their job fits into the bigger picture.

Workplace etiquette a consideration

There is also common etiquette to be considered as a turn on or off for an employee, depending whether and how it is used.

The most common breaches of business etiquette committed by staff and coworkers include running late to or missing meetings (34%), not responding to calls or emails in a timely manner (26%) and gossiping about others in the office (23%), according to senior managers surveyed by Accountemps.

"Showing up on time for meetings and paying attention when you're there demonstrates that you value the time and efforts of others,” said Michael Steinitz, executive director of Accountemps, in a statement. “Just being polite goes a long way toward creating a better work environment."