Fixing the Talent Management Disconnect: Employer Perception vs. Employee Reality in the U.S. Midsized Market

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Fixing the Talent Management Disconnect: Employer Perception vs. Employee Reality in the U.S. Midsized Market

Most HR professionals probably have wished for a sneak peek into the minds of their employees at some point. If they just knew what employees were thinking, they could more easily design ways to recruit great candidates, develop the talent they have, and engage the entire workforce so employees are more likely to stay. Better yet, they would know precisely where to invest time and resources for the greatest return on their talent-

This new report by ADP Research Institute® provides just the kind of insight midsized businesses can use to gain an advantage in today’s labor market. It compares how employers perceive talent-management issues – and how employees see those same issues. The differences are stark. Employers don’t even know how many employees are interested in leaving their companies. Nearly half of employees are “open” if the right opportunity were to pop up – even if they’re not actively looking for jobs. Clearly, when half the workforce is at risk of leaving (twice the number employers think are at risk), it is an issue worthy of attention.

If businesses don’t know what attracts employees and persuades them to stay, they have little hope of being successful. They’re missing opportunities to make significant improvements that often require only shifts in attitude and emphasis. This study reveals key findings in the areas of recruitment, development, and engagement to help employers attract and keep the best of the best.

About this report: The ADP Research Institute conducted an online survey among 500 employers and 1,415 employees at midsized companies. The survey fielded in September 2016. Midsized companies were defined as those with 50 to 999 employees. The employee sample includes a representative sample of the U.S. working population, age 18 and above. The employer sample includes talent decision makers, comprised of representatives from HR and other departments.

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