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Half of New Hires Back Out

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According to a recent SHRM article, a staggering 50 percent of candidates who have accepted a job offer back out to accept a position with another employer.

With talent in high demand and technology allowing candidates to pursue multiple application processes simultaneously, potential employees may receive additional offers after accepting a job. A recent Gartner survey reveals that 50 percent of new hires default on their accepted positions and end up accepting offers from other companies. Of those who make it to their first day, 42 percent believe they could find a better offer if they kept looking, and 47 percent are still open to other job offers.

Job Market Dynamics Have Changed

While compensation and benefits are always important considerations, employees are also taking into account their future prospects (e.g., skill development, promotional opportunities) as well as how management styles will impact their day-to-day experience.

With employers pushing for a "return to office," flexible hours and the ability to work, at least part time, from home are important considerations for today's employees. And while virtual technologies do allow for greater flexibility for many stakeholders, virtual hiring comes with a cost.

According to Jamie Kohn, author of the Gartner report, "It's harder for candidates to get a feel for the organization they are applying to and their experience once they join is sometimes not what they expected. Employers have to work a lot harder to build that lasting connection with new hires."

Retaining New Hires

To increase the likelihood of new hire retention, employers may find it helpful to connect prospects to the hiring managers early in the process. If the candidate feels a connection to the hiring manager or their future colleagues, they are more likely to maintain their commitment to their newly accepted job. Continuing to engage the prospect in the time between acceptance and their start date is just as important. Kohn encourages employers to "keep them engaged and excited and reinforce to them that they made the right decision."

For more information, check out the SHRM article Survey Finds Half of Candidates Have Accepted a Job Offer Before Reneging.

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Nicolle Gee-Guzman
Nicolle Gee-Guzman
HR and Compensation Consultant

Nicolle Gee-Guzman joined the HR Services team as an HR and compensation consultant in 2022. She has more than 28 years of experience working in various roles in human resources within the public sector. Most recently, Gee-Guzman was the director of human resources for a Texas public school district.

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