Passive job seekers are defined as those not actively seeking a change in employment. But while many may not consider themselves as being “active” in the job market, studies indicate that more than 71 percent of employed individuals are at least open to considering new opportunities.
Why New Opportunities Appeal to Passive Job Seekers
Generally, those who consider themselves open for the possibility of a new work environment cite three reasons: Problematic relationships with managers, lack of recognition by management, and a lack of any meaningful connection to work teams. In some cases, transfers within an employer’s existing corporate structure are possible and may quell thoughts of moving on; however, moving to other divisions or departments can be difficult or impossible for those in mid-size or small business settings
A Lack of Meaningful Connections Can Be a Tipping Point
In studies done both now and in the past, the first two reasons for seeking new opportunities have frequently been noted. However, the third reason—the lack of meaningful connections within the organization or team – is newer. Certainly not all corporate structures and managements are alike, but the growing emphasis on flexibility and flexible hours may have a detrimental effect on building the connections that encouraged employees to stay with one employer for many years. Thus, while changes in work structures are inevitable, recognizing the downside of changing structures can reduce turnover.
Team Make Up Is Important
Today’s environment may require “teams” be made up of individuals in different cities or states, and conferences may need to be scheduled to accommodate different time zones. In short, with communication increasingly being based on computer interaction, building personal connections is harder than ever. It is no wonder a worker who was previously satisfied in their job might now feel able to relate to all three of the top reasons employees look for new opportunities.
For employers seeking to reduce the costs that inevitably come with hiring new staff, paying attention to the reasons employees seek opportunities elsewhere makes good sense. While hiring professionals can debate cost comparisons related to hiring active vs. passive candidates, the fact is that no one wants to lose strong employees. Keep an eye on the pulse of your organization and reap the reward of having staff who are on board for the long term.
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