Takeaways From The Jobvite Survey: Your Employees Don’t Like You

Jobvite Survey Indicates Most Employees Unhappy
Written by Aric Mitchell

By now, you’ve probably heard about the Jobvite survey which gauged the level of employee satisfaction across the United States. Not surprisingly, there was a lot of discontent. Here are the full details from the survey — hat tip to Inc. — but whether you’re a jobseeker or employer, this is the rundown on what you need to know.

  • Most employees (51 percent) are unhappy with their jobs and actively looking for work.
  • Social media is more than just a sounding board; for job seekers, it’s the primary way of conducting a search. Furthermore, 43 percent are now using their mobile phones to look for work. (Seriously, other 57 percent, get with the program.)
  • Ten percent of individuals actively looking for jobs do so from the throne. (Guilty as charged.)
  • What can you do with this info if you’re a business owner who oversees a team of (likely) disgruntled workers, or you’re an aspiring entrepreneur hoping to hire a team of employees in the near future?

One: Strive To Make Your Business A Great Place To Work.

With Obamacare now delayed until 2016 — at least for the full mandate — you and many other shot-callers have a lot of important decisions to make with regard to employee compensation packages. Will you cut some programs to provide health insurance? Invest more in your employees by maintaining all benefits with zero changes? Drop packages and pay higher salaries? Make no changes whatsoever? Keep in mind that most employees value their time more than they do their money. If you can deliver a great quality of life, then you’re likely going to attract and keep the best talent.

Two: Take Your Recruiting Efforts To Social Media.

That’s where basically everyone goes to look for jobs — Twitter and LinkedIn are two of our favorites; company Facebook pages work, too. If you know that’s where the action is, what’s stopping you from investing a little time and maybe a few dollars in advertising to get your job postings in front of the qualified masses? As Inc.’s Adam Vaccaro writes, “Regularly publishing links to your job page on social media is one way to make sure your recruiting efforts extend to the widest network,” adding that your job page should feature “more than just those openings.”
Here’s a great example of how to swing it. (Hat tip, Kixeye.)

Three: Provide Company Phones.

Just sanitize them.

In Summary

To butcher a quote from Office Space, one of my all-time favorite films, “Most people hate their jobs; you’ve just got to go out there and find something that makes you happy.” Apparently, that’s what a lot of today’s employees are attempting on company time. It’s up to you to attract the best talent, but once they’re in the door, you’ve also got to worry about keeping them. At day’s end, it all boils down to how you plan on doing that — by fostering a culture of excellence where hard work and loyalty is rewarded, or by cannibalizing benefits and turning the work environment into a police state? I know which one I would choose — do you?

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About the author

Aric Mitchell

Aric Mitchell has work featured on both the web and in print. His crash time is spent writing short stories, novels, and articles with a horror edge, and helping brands manage their social media presence.