Diversity and inclusion. Maternity and paternity leave. Company wellness programs. These are just a few areas where major changes in thought and practice in HR and recruiting took place in 2017. Going into 2018, it’s crucial for employers to be aware of the trends that are shaping employee hiring and retention. As HR becomes increasingly data-driven, statistics can be used as a valuable window into the must-know HR and recruiting trends for the coming years. These six statistics give insights into the direction the field is going — see the rest in the 65 HR & Recruiting Stats for 2018 ebook.
1. 83% of employees/job seekers are likely to research company reviews and ratings when deciding on where to apply for a job.
Job seekers are increasingly using resources online to get more information about the aspects of the company that matter to them most, from benefits packages to salary data. In light of this, companies must be increasingly cognizant of what information is posted about them on websites like Glassdoor, and what impression it gives to potential employees.
2. 69% of executives rate diversity and inclusion as an important issue in 2017, up 32% from 2014.
Within the last few years, the issue of diversity in the workplace has become more visible than ever before. Companies are finally realizing that increasing diversity and inclusion in the workforce is a win-win for both employers and employees — and if your company doesn't prioritize these items, you could be left behind.
3. 70% of moms with kids younger than 18 are in the labor force, with about three-fourths of all employed moms working full time.
The landscape of working mothers has changed dramatically over the last four decades, with many mothers coming back to work soon after pregnancy and working full-time with young kids at home. Policies that accommodate for motherhood (and fatherhood!) are crucial in attracting candidates with children.
4. 54% of employees who take vacation/paid time off report being able to completely “check out” while they are on vacation.
As technology increasingly permeates the fabric of our lives and workplace demands intensify, some employees find their vacation days transforming into another form of telecommuting. Setting clear boundaries for employees and managers on workplace demands is a must as these trends continue — otherwise, you may end up with disengaged and burnt out employees that are eager to leave.
5. Healthcare costs rose at a 15% slower rate among wellness program participants.
The results are in: wellness programs are an invaluable investment for the cultivation of a happier, healthier, more productive workforce. Workplace programs that encourage exercise, healthy eating and stress reduction not only lead to more satisfied employees — they actually drive down long-term healthcare costs.
[Related: The Employee Wellness Playbook]
6. Nearly 50 million unique users visit Glassdoor’s mobile applications and website monthly.
Employees and job-seekers are using Glassdoor for every step of the job cycle, from applying to jobs to offering parting wisdom to future employees. Companies can leverage this reach with a Free Employer Account, which provides basic employer branding tools, company-specific analytics and the opportunity to respond to reviews from the employer perspective. Want to boost your job visibility to the candidates visiting the website? Try a free job post today.