Recruitment and Hiring

Recruitment Rally Cry- Don’t Go!

More than 90 Percent of Professionals Say Retention of New Hires Is an Issue

– Less than Half Say Offering Extra Money to Dissatisfied New Hires Will Make Them Stay
– If Unhappy in a New Role, More than One Quarter Say They’d Leave, Even if They Didn’t Have Another Job

May 29, 2018 — LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Low unemployment means it is a job seeker’s market, and a new Korn Ferry (NYSE:KSFY) survey shows that if new hires aren’t happy, they’ll leave.

In the May 2018 survey of 361 professionals from varying industries, 93 percent agreed that the retention of new hires in their organization is an issue. On a personal level, 26 percent 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 specific role isn’t what they expected and working for the company was different than they thought it would be. Respondents said a desire for more money was not a primary reason a new hire would leave.

A Clear Employer brand

“It is important that organizations have a clear employer brand to share with candidates that is true to the company and reflects the day-to-day culture,” said Neil Griffiths, Korn Ferry Futurestep vice president, Global Brand, Marketing and Communications. “Competitive benefits and salaries are table 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 half of the respondents (55 percent) said that offering more money to a new hire who wanted to leave would not make them stay.

More than three quarters, (82 percent) said that if they personally accepted a job that they ended up not liking, even though it paid well, they would leave as soon as they found a new job.

“Unhappy employees will not go above and beyond the basic requirements of their job, even if they are well paid,” said Griffiths. “Our study found that the majority of respondents (70 percent) said challenging and rewarding work is what keeps them on the job. Clear advancement opportunities also create a positive environment that benefits both employees and employers.”

Unhappy employees will not go above and beyond the basic requirements of their job, even if they are well paid

When asked which generation would be most likely to leave a new job if they were not satisfied, 82 percent said millennials.

“Even though respondents said millennials are most likely to leave a job, employers should go the extra mile to create a professional environment where all employees feel valued,” said Griffiths.

About the Survey

The Korn Ferry survey of professionals took place in May 2018 and garnered 361 responses. (note: due to rounding figures may not equal 100 percent).

Survey results

To what extent would you agree with the statement that retention of new hires is an issue?

Agree to a great extent45 percent
Agree to some extent48 percent
Not an issue7 percent

What percentage of new hires would you estimate leave within the first six months?

10 percent or less51 percent
Around 20 percent29 percent
Around 30 percent15 percent
Around 40 percent3 percent
50 percent or more2 percent

What is the main reason a new hire would leave your organization within the first year?

Their specific role isn’t what they expected during hiring process44 percent
Working for the company is not as presented during the hiring process17 percent
They don’t see a path for advancement14 percent
They don’t like their boss7 percent
Their skills and talents are not being fully utilized

11 percent

They want more money8 percent

Would offering increased salary to a new hire who wants to leave the organization help in retention?

Yes to a great extent5 percent
Yes to some extent40 percent
No55 percent

In your experience, which generation is more likely to leave an organization shortly after joining if they feel the role is not a right fit

Baby boomers5 percent
Gen X13 percent
Millennials82 percent

If you were hired for a role you found out was not a fit, would you leave even if you didn’t have another opportunity?

Yes I’d leave without another job26 percent
No I’d stick it out until I found another job74 percent

If you were hired for a role you found out was not a fit, but it paid well, what would you do?

Stay and hope it gets better15 percent
Stay while you actively look for a new job82 percent
Leave even if I didn’t have a different position3 percent

What most makes you stay on the job after you are hired?

Pay/benefits9 percent
Co-workers3 percent
Challenging and rewarding work70 percent
Reputation of the organization2 percent
Clear advancement path16 percent




About Korn Ferry
Korn Ferry is a global organizational consulting firm. We help companies design their organization – the structure, the roles and responsibilities, as well as how they compensate, develop and motivate their people. As importantly, we help organizations select and hire the talent they need to execute their strategy. Our approximately 7,000 colleagues serve clients in more than 50 countries.