HR professionals are the highest in their expectations of employers, according to LinkedIn’s Workforce Trust Index, which is based on survey results from 37,216 members from LinkedIn from December 4, 2021 to March 11, 2022.
Those tasked with leading workplace culture transformation, improving employee engagement, and crafting compensation and benefits want only the best in their careers. HR managers know that employees have leverage and they would like to take full advantage of it. Here is what they expect from their employer:
Greater compensation and benefits
LinkedIn asked HR professionals to share information about their reasons for changing employers. Seventy-seven percent of HR respondents said they left for better compensation and benefits, compared to 69% of American workers.
Rising wages are a driving force in the Great Resignation era, characterized by a historic labor shortage. Frankly, before inflation skyrocketed, many HR managers predicted big pay rises for American workers. Obviously, those who deploy such increases would expect the same for themselves.
LOOK: Employee engagement and experience
A good fit with their values
Employee activism is on the rise, especially following the heightened focus on social justice and sustainability that has emerged during the pandemic. In fact, employees at places like Disney have used their voices to force leaders to take a stand against political policies they disagree with.
People are looking for employers who resonate with them by matching their values and using their platform in relevant ways. In fact, 62% of HR professionals, compared to 53% of American workers, said they seek better alignment with their interests and values when choosing a new employer.
Room to grow
Almost all employees seek to prepare for the future. More than ever, they insist that employers take a direct interest in their career development and growth. At the same time, the pandemic catapulted CHROs into the C-suite as their skills were a necessity to survive and succeed during the crisis.
That’s why no one should be surprised to learn that 67% of HR professionals who responded to LinkedIn said they seek more opportunities to grow or increase their responsibilities when taking on a new job. . Only 50% of American workers said the same thing.
READ: How to Create a Culture of Learning
Flexibility has become the norm during the pandemic and employees are not ready to give it up. They want to be able to work when and where they want. More than 40% of HR professionals, compared to 28% of American workers, say they want to change employers to have more flexibility in working hours. Compared to 25% of American workers, 40% of HR professionals want location flexibility.
Many companies are still looking to manage remote, in-office or hybrid workers. They make sense of staggered schedules or balance even more time zones because people have moved. This desire for flexibility raises questions about the possibility of four-day work weeks and digital nomad visas.
More importantly, this need for flexibility reflects the influence of employees and the recognition that people have personal lives outside of work. There is a change among the workers. They want to move from “live to work” to “work to live”.
READ: The Great Resignation: How to Avoid Burnout
No one is more aware of this phenomenon than HR professionals. They have taken on the burden of the pandemic in the workplace. Organizations have turned to HR to quickly transition from in-office to remote work, find mental health and wellness support for the team, and keep employees engaged while getting all their jobs done. usual. When leaders gain this type of responsibility, they can see their own worth and begin to demand more. Clearly, HR leaders at the forefront of employee advocacy want the same benefits and recognition themselves.
picture by RODNAE Productions for Pexels