New Employees: To Be Engaged, or Not to Be Engaged

Mar 15, 2013

More than 2,300 new hires participated in a 2012 study with most of them individual contributors and professionals with an average age of 35 years. The survey of new hires provided some good news: 84 percent are satisfied with their jobs, 80 percent find personal meaning and fulfillment in their work, and 83 percent feel a sense of loyalty to their organization. Because retention issues worry many leaders, it’s reassuring to know that the majority of new hires are highly engaged.

However, the new hires’ main complaint is that the hiring process failed to paint a realistic or accurate picture of the job. Our study also found that those organizations that do a better job of providing a realistic picture of the job before employment had more hires who were confident in their decision, highly engaged, and not looking to leave the organization. Specifically, when new hires said they did not receive an accurate picture of the job during the hiring process, only 14 percent reported being highly engaged and just 12 percent were not looking for another job. Compare that with new hires who did receive an accurate picture of the job during selection: An overwhelming 93 percent are highly engaged and 78 percent are not planning to look for  employment elsewhere.