‘Third of employees turn down jobs due to lack of flexible options’

Forty five per cent of job candidates have turned down a position because they weren’t impressed by the company during the interview process, with 33% saying they declined a position because it didn’t have enough flexible work options, according to a new survey.

The research by NGA Human Resources is based on a survey of 2,000 individuals in full-time employment who had changed jobs in the past three years and 150 HR directors of organisations with 500+ employees.

It found other common reasons for declining a position include having a better offer from another company (56 percent), lower than expected salary offer (49 percent) and finding out the role was not as originally described (44 percent).  Some 29 percent turned down a job due to the lack of a good benefits package and 27 percent did so because they didn’t feel they would fit in with their new colleagues.

In addition, the survey asked the 69% of employees who have moved on within the first year why they did so.  Thirty nine per cent blame unhappiness within the role. Other factors include dissatisfaction with company culture (27 percent), poor onboarding (18 percent) and clashes with colleagues (17 percent).

The survey also looked at issues such as embellishing skills on a cv – over 37% admitted to exaggerating information.

“In today’s job market the power lies firmly in the hands of the job seeker – they now have the pick of the bunch with opportunities,” said Anna Dickson, Talent Management Specialist at NGA Human Resources.

“Firms must react by investing in the recruitment and onboarding processes. Getting employees integrated and up to speed quickly, boosts productivity and job satisfaction, both of which increase the chances that they’ll stay at the company for the longer term.”

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