35 HR Statistics to Take with You to 2020

When you make a decision that will impact your company's HR department, you're not only affecting the way you work, but how the entire staff will work.

Whether you're looking to plan an employee networking event, preparing for performance reviews or even upgrading Core HR software, having information about the industry is paramount to making the best decision for HR and your company.

BirdDogHR has compiled statistics about the many different aspects of the various HR processes that you can use in future decision-making, including:

  • Recruitment
  • Onboarding
  • Company Culture
  • Performance
  • Development
  • Engagement
  • Leadership

Need-to-Know Recruiting Statistics

  • 41% of employees say a significant increase in income is “very important” to them when considering a new job. [Gallup]
  • 51% of employees say they would change jobs for one that offers them flexible work time. [Gallup]
  • The top two pieces of information job seekers look for when researching a company or looking at job descriptions are salaries (67%) and benefits (63%). [Glassdoor]
  • Job seekers look at attractive benefits (48%), convenient commute (47%) and relatively high salary (46%) before they apply. [Glassdoor]
  • The majority of job seekers prefer a short process (from initial application to receiving an offer), with 62% saying they would like the process to be completed in less than two weeks. [Glassdoor]
  • Candidates find clear and regular communication (58%), clear expectations (53%), and feedback regarding rejection (51%) to be the most important factors for a positive application experience. [Glassdoor]
  • 51% of U.S. employees say they are actively looking for a new job or watching for openings. [Gallup]

Talent Management Trends

Need-to-Know Employee Onboarding Statistics

  • Only 12% of employees strongly agree their organization does a great job of onboarding new employees. [Gallup]
  • 32% of executives say their company’s onboarding experience is below average or poor. [Harvard Business Review]
  • 72% of new hires want one-on-one time with their direct manager. [LinkedIn]
  • 67% of all employees want a clear outline of upcoming expectations. [LinkedIn]

Need-to-Know Company Culture Statistics

  • One in five employees have left a job due to workplace culture. [SHRM]
  • 58% of those who left a job due to culture claim People Managers are the main reason they ultimately left. [SHRM]
  • 25% of Americans define organizational culture as a combination of employees’ attitudes, actions and behaviors. [SHRM]
  • 76% say their manager sets the culture of their workplace. [SHRM]
  • Three in 10 U.S. employees say their workplace culture makes them irritable at home. [SHRM]
  • $223 billion is the cost of turnover due to workplace culture over the past five years. [SHRM]

Need-to-Know Employee Performance Statistics

  • 21% of employees strongly agree that their performance is managed in a way that motivates them to do outstanding work. [Gallup]
  • 75% of companies are doing annual reviews. [Workforce]
  • 91% of companies believe an annual review is core to employee engagement. [Workforce]
  • 80% of Gen Y employees prefer on-the-spot reviews over formal reviews. [Workforce]

Need-to-Know Employee Development Statistics

  • 45% of Millennials say a job that accelerates their professional or career development is "very important" to them compared to 31% of Gen Xers and 18% of Baby Boomers. [Gallup]
  • 68% of employees prefer to learn at work. [LinkedIn]
  • 94% of employees would stay at a company longer if it invested in their career. [LinkedIn]
  • 56% of employees would take a manager-suggested course. [LinkedIn]

Need-to-Know Employee Engagement Statistics

  • 38% of U.S. workers are "very satisfied" with their current job. [SHRM]
  • 33% of U.S. workers are engaged. [Gallup]
  • 53% of employees say a role that allows them to have greater work-life balance and better personal well-being is "very important" to them. [Gallup]
  • 34% of U.S. employees are engaged, tying the highest percentage in Gallup's history. [Gallup]
  • The "Actively disengaged" percentage of employees is down to 13%, a new low. [Gallup]
  • Engagement is highly related to positive business outcomes. [Gallup]

Need-to-Know Company Leadership Statistics

  • 36% say their manager doesn't know how to lead a team. [SHRM]
  • One in four dread going to work, don't feel safe voicing their opinions about work-related issues and don't feel respected and valued at work. [SHRM]
  • 4 out of 10 employees say their managers fail to frequently engage in honest conversations about work topics. [SHRM]
  • One in five U.S. employees is uncomfortable engaging in conversations with his or her manager. [SHRM]

Having some insight on how employees feel about application processes, onboarding, performance management and development can help your company make informed decisions on how to recruit and retain them. When you're ready for some extra help, ask us about our HR software solutions. Our talent management solutions help companies work smarter, not harder, to put all this information to good use.