· Exciting, challenging or meaningful work
· Supportive management/good boss
· Being recognized, valued, respected
· Career growth, learning and development
· A flexible work environment
· Fair pay
Over the past fifteen years more than 18,000 employees in a variety of occupations, industries, organizations, and titles have completed the survey. The online survey asks respondents to “Think about why you stay in an organization. What keeps you there? What matters most to you?” Respondents select their top three stay factors and rank them in order of importance from the list of 13. Additionally, the respondents are asked to rate the degree, from 1-5, to which each factor is being met in their current job.
The 2014 “What Keeps You” white paper reports that certain stay factors have clearly and consistently surfaced as the top drivers of engaging and retaining talent. These factors are largely the same today, as they were amid both recessions and at the peak of the tight labor market in 2000. The white paper also reveals some subtle differences among the demographic groups. For instance, Supportive Management/Great Boss ranks #2 or #3 for all age groups except for those under 25. And Exciting, Challenging and Meaningful Work is ranked #1 for men and women. The white paper breaks down the 13 stay factors by a variety of demographic variables, including age, gender, job function, job level and industry. This information can guide organizational efforts to engage and retain talent.
Beverly Crowell, Executive Vice President of Career Systems International, said, “Engaging and retaining talent is a key business imperative for most organizations today. Knowing what keeps your talent engaged and what might make them leave is important. This white paper provides insight into what various demographic groups want from their jobs. Leaders at any level can use that information to better engage and retain everyone on their team.” She continues, “And while the research provides great initial insight into what matters most, managers should also take individual differences into account and find out what’s important to each of their employees. The easiest way to do that is to simply ask.”
Complete the survey (http://whatkeepsyou.csiprogram.com/
Career Systems International is a privately held employee engagement and career development company. The Jordan Evans Group coaches high-performing executives and speaks on the topic of engagement and retention.