As we enter the run-up to the final recruitment period of the year, Glassdoor Job Expectations research reveals that many job hunters invest very little time researching new employers before accepting a job offer. In fact, across the UK, employees admitted they spent an average of just four hours looking at potential employers and just over a third (35%) invested no time at all. However, when it comes to holidays, consumer lethargy is quite the reverse as they spend an average of 24 hours researching the perfect break, this is six times more than the time spent looking at employers. To put this into context, the average full time employee spends around 1,680hours a year at work with just 140 hours of annual leave.
UK employees are not taking full advantage of career research resources that could help them make better decisions about where to go to work. More than half (55 percent) of employees didn’t look at the employers website, 78 percent failed to check if the business was making a profit and 80 percent didn’t explore company reviews shared by employees. It’s hardly surprising that less than six months into the honeymoon period of a new role, 31 percent of UK employees admit they are disappointed.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing as nearly a quarter (23 percent) of employees wish they had asked more questions during the interview process, a figure that rises to 32 percent of those that have been in their job for less than six months. One in five (20 percent) wish they had insights from existing employees at their current organisation. It’s promising to see that 20 percent of 16-24 year olds regret not reading online company reviews and ratings of their current employer but this figure more than halves to just 9 percent amongst all employees.
The excuses as to why research was not carried out are rife as more than one in five (22 percent) employees claim they did not have enough information to make an informed decision about whether or not they should accept the job, rising to 39 percent of those that have been in their job less than six months.
You can help job hunters that are looking to work within your current organisation, or with your previous employers, by sharing a review on Glassdoor, which gives the inside track on what it is like to work for specific companies. Did you research your current employer enough? Do you regret not doing this? Did you do the right thing when you accepted your current job? What would you do differently next time around?
This survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive (GB) on behalf of Glassdoor among more than 1,000 employees within Great Britain.