Employee satisfaction: building a happier workforce
In the wake of the Covid pandemic, Reed decided to investigate the subject of employee satisfaction to find out what people most want from their working lives. We surveyed 2,000 employees in a variety of sectors to do this.Key findings from the survey revealed:24% of workers are planning on changing jobs in the next two yearsOver a third (36%) feel their pay is too low for the work they doWorkplace friendships are the most satisfying element of working for their current company (45%), with flexibility of working hours (40%) and salary (33%) closely followingTwo thirds (65%) stated their company does not offer rewards for good performanceThis eBook looks primarily at the ingredients of employee satisfaction: the measures to which managers should aspire to keep their workforce satisfied, also addressing the more aspirational theme of engagement. Throughout, experts in the field share their insight and methods for raising staff satisfaction, using tried and trusted ideas that might be useful to integrate into your organisation. Experts featured in this eBook include:Carolyn Nevitte, Director, People InsightMatthew McDonnell, Director of Employee Experience, Willis Towers WatsonKatie Whitehouse, HR Director UK&I, ServiceNowChris Brindley, Head of Reward & Co-member Experience, ReedNiamh Macaskill, Head of People and Experience, CamelotA happy workforce is a productive one and listening to employee views is the first step employers can take to make changes for the better.By downloading this eBook, you will understand:What employee satisfaction meanAs well as in their day-to-day tasks, staff satisfaction is closely linked to how an employee feels about a company’s style of management and organisational culture – the traits that define the business such as internal communication, staff development policies, and recognition of employee performance.Key considerations in raising employee satisfactionFor satisfaction at work, employees need a direction and a sense of purpose that keeps them going. Therefore, leaders must be clear about their strategy and goals to help employees feel connected, valued and fulfilled. Best practice in designing a satisfaction surveyA well-designed, well-timed employee satisfaction survey can reap rewards for your business in the long term, maintaining a workforce that can be trusted to deliver. Surveys shouldn’t just be saved for times of hardship.How to use survey data to implement changeOne way to generate high employee satisfaction is to focus directly on those areas that matter most to employees – and regularly review them to ensure they remain relevant.The future of employee satisfactionTo be an ‘employer of choice’ in the future, employers cannot merely offer competitive rewards, development opportunities, and healthy company culture. They’ll need to provide a consistently positive employee experience as well.
A guide to entry-level jobs
What is an entry-level job? Entry-level roles are for those with little to no formal work experience and are usually aimed at those just starting out in their chosen career, school leavers, or university graduates. These roles also provide an opportunity for employers to mould the individual into the professional their company needs. Employers hiring for an entry-level job will not usually require any experience but would likely expect at least a high school diploma. This presents more opportunities for those seeking entry-level jobs without a degree or specialist qualification, and that all-important first step on the ladder. Depending on the role, the skills in the highest demand differ. However, there are some transferable and soft skills (i.e., innate skills and traits) that are universally required. For example, communication, time management, organisational skills, numerical and language skills, and basic IT skills. Entry-level roles to suit personality type Not everyone will have good interpersonal skills. Introverted students, for example, may be very intimidated by the prospect of starting their careers, having never worked in a professional environment. It can be difficult to navigate both the demands of the role itself and the social situations that can come with working life. Therefore, many school leavers and graduates are choosing to start their careers remotely or find work that requires minimal social interaction. There are plenty of entry-level jobs for introverts, including: Data entry Transcription and bookkeeping Animal training Delivery driving Freelance writing Graphic design Others love working with people and might look at entry-level jobs that make a difference to the welfare of others. This might be working in education, social care, public sector positions, third sector roles, or other caring jobs. Entry-level salaries and benefits The national average salary for an entry-level is $39,976 in the United States, but it can be different according to the place you are. Locations such as New York could see their starting salaries average $46,725, for example. While individuals in entry-level jobs will often be paid less than those in more senior positions, they will typically be given the most support and training, and just as much opportunity to progress as anyone else. In addition, company benefits are generally standardised and equal to everyone throughout the business, whether the employee is just starting out or a senior-level executive. Most employers will offer retail and hospitality discounts, healthcare options, a company mobile phone, cycle-to-work schemes and more, but it varies by company. How students can find entry-level jobs Jobseekers can search for roles on reedglobal.us by their location or by job title. They can choose a sector and upload their CV to our sites or speak to a consultant whose details are listed on Reedglobal.us on their local office pages. How to succeed in an entry-level role To succeed in an entry-level role, the employee needs to realise they have a lot to learn and that they won’t be expected to know everything straight away. Most companies will provide training and support to their new starters to help their progression. Entry-level employees will do well if they listen to their peers and manager, absorbing as much information as they can about how the company works and why their work is important to the wider organisation. Understanding the context of the role, and asking the right questions early on, helps professionals develop a good foundation to grow into a valuable employee, and to learn and progress quickly through the business. Are you looking for the first or next step in your career? Contact us today.
Build a more diverse and inclusive technology team: downloadable eBook
Our eBook, ‘Making tech inclusive: strategies for developing a more diverse workforce’, has been designed to help you reflect on what’s working and what’s not when it comes to your I&D policies, and improve in areas you may have overlooked.There will always be room for improvement when working to achieve an equal and inclusive environment for everyone, as needs change over time. This comprehensive guide can help you gauge the needs of your workforce and allow you to attract and retain the best talent in IT.By downloading this free eBook, you will find out:How diverse the technology sector isWhat diversity and inclusion mean and why they’re differentWhat workplace challenges people from minority backgrounds faceHow to eliminate bias from your recruitment processWhy inclusion and diversity benefit your businessHow upskilling can contribute to inclusivityTips on expanding and diversifying your talent poolHow to improve attraction and retention through inclusionThe value of offboarding correctlyDeveloping a robust diversity and inclusion strategy doesn’t just help employees who are outside the societal norm, but everyone in your company. It will also have a positive impact on your bottom line. Here are some of the dos and don’ts of inclusive recruitment – you can find out more in the guide:This guide is for:Tech employers who want to widen their talent pool and diversify their workforceBusiness leaders who have policies in place but believe they can do more for their employeesAnyone interested in adopting a more inclusive mindset."Removing the invisible barriers to inclusion by showing that your company is open to all will inevitably help you form a more diverse network, customer base and talent pool."
Download - ESG interview questions for senior roles
ESG or environmental, social and governance is a holistic approach to sustainability.Getting the right people to implement any environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy is clearly important, making the interview stage for senior ESG appointments a key moment.Choosing the right ESG interview questions will allow employers to understand the sort of leadership capabilities a candidate has alongside the expertise they bring. What is ESG?:At the most basic level ESG stands for environmental, social and governance, with these three criteria broken down individually within a company’s ESG policy.Environmental: The environmental aspect of ESG looks at how a business operates as a steward of the natural environment, focusing on all aspects of sustainability including waste, pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.Social: The social element of a company’s ESG framework examines the impact of operations on the human rights of workers, covering areas such as diversity and inclusion, workplace equality and pay and conditions.Governance: The governance aspect of ESG looks at how a business polices itself and its corporate governance. This can relate to issues such as transparency, accountability, and compliance.ESG interview questions:Our downloadable template contains ESG job interview questions that should be asked of someone applying for a senior environmental, social and governance role. It includes important questions such as:What experience do you have with ESG frameworks?What do you see as the three essential pillars of ESG?What ESG key performance indicators do you work towards?How do you keep track of evolving trends in ESG?What ESG certifications do you hold?These questions will allow employers to understand the sort of leadership capabilities a candidate has alongside the expertise they bring. You will find many more on our downloadable template to give you the best possible chance of recruiting the highest calibre of ESG professional.Download our free template, ‘ESG interview questions for senior roles’, by clicking on the button at the top of the page.
Remote interviews – The ultimate guide
Interviews are a well-established part of the hiring process, but failing to properly prepare, or having an inefficient process not only means you could miss out on a talented potential employee - you could also damage your employer brand.Now that many companies have embraced remote and hybrid working, remote interviews have become part of standard business practice. Conducting interviews remotely provides many benefits, such as a quicker time-to-hire, greater access to talent through the breaking down of geographical boundaries, eliminates the need for travel, and often faster scheduling.By downloading this eBook, you will understand:How to prepare when conducting a remote interviewIt’s vital to take time to prepare for the interview and the first stage of this is to understand exactly what you are looking for in your new employee. This eBook gives you advice on getting the most out of your job description and person specification, how to organise the interview, what details you need to send to the interviewee, and tips on how to engage with them throughout the process.Different types of interviews and how to adapt them to be remoteWhether you are conducting a one-to-one video interview, telephone interview, video panel, competency-based interview, or a group session, they can all be adapted to a remote format. In this eBook, we set out the benefits of each of the different interview styles and give you tops tips to help conduct them remotely.Remote interviewing software and tools to help youHaving the right technology and software is essential to the success of your remote interview. You may conduct remote interviews on a regular basis or just occasionally, and whatever your needs are, we have listed some great free and paid-for tools that can help.How to make a great first impressionIt’s so important to make a great first impression – even more so when conducting the interview remotely. We give our top tips for making a good impression, with a video from our managing directors sharing their top tips.The importance of following up properly after the interviewWhat should you do after the interview? How should you follow up? Many people fail to follow up effectively after an interview which can even mean they may lose out on the perfect candidate. So, whether you want to extend your interviewee an offer or not, we set out advice on how to correctly follow up.With many businesses struggling to recruit in this challenging labour market, it’s even more important that your remote interview process is effective, keeps your candidates engaged, and ultimately helps you secure the top professionals.To start perfecting your remote interviewing process, download the free guide now.Watch this video for advice from some of our managing directors as they give their top three tips for conducting remote interviews:
Job seeking advice guide – a guide to securing your perfect role
Our guide outlines the steps you should take to ensure you find the right career to help you Love Mondays again. It has been designed to give you job seeking advice, and guidance on how to present yourself in such a professional manner that employers will be hard pushed to resist offering you an interview.From producing an eye-catching CV, to writing a cover letter which entices an employer to hear more, the following strategies will give you the best opportunity to get your foot in the door and secure your dream role."Recruiters can be critical allies in your search for a job. In the same way that you would not buy a car without expert advice, getting support in finding a new job - something just as life-changing - boosts your chances of finding your dream role."What’s in the guide?By downloading this guide, you have access to advice covering the entire process of your job seeking journey, including:Finding suitable jobsHow to write a CVHow to write a cover letterBoosting attractiveness to employersSecuring your perfect role