Examining Employer Frustrations and Hiring Motivators: Recent Aureus Group Survey Results may Adjust your Workforce and Career Planning Strategies

During the last couple years employers have learned a great deal about the importance of employee engagement and motivation. But what are employer motivations? In the effort to bridge the communication gap, Aureus Group recently turned the tables and asked hiring managers and HR professionals about their professional frustrations to better understand the challenges employers face.

Our recent survey exploring not only management frustrations but also hiring motivators included hiring managers and HR professionals in our practice areas of Accounting and Finance, Information Systems and Technology, and Executive search throughout the Midwest.

Use the results we received combined with our independent comments in your workforce or career planning strategies.

The top two most common reasons companies added new members to its staff during the last two years are Company/ Department Growth (39%) and Resignations (37%). 

The top reason for terminations during the last two years, not considering company downsizing or economic concerns, is Low Productivity (48%). Interestingly, many organizations are reportedly still not investing in employee engagement, even though companies that report high employee engagement levels typically also report high levels of productivity overall. Can companies afford not to invest in engagement?

Inability to Work in a Team Environment (15%) is reported as a distant second in reasons for staff terminations.

The two most important intangible skills companies look at when making a final decision to add someone to its team are Competency (30%) and Attitude (24%). Thus, we should all review how we are judging competency and attitudes in our interview process and for job seekers, remember not to discount the importance of projecting a positive attitude and highlighting your top competencies.   

The two most challenging employer issues respondents state that make managing a team difficult is the employees’ Inability to See Beyond Their Functional Roles (36%) and Inability to Deliver Expected Results (20%). Setting expectations and delivering feedback is a valuable skill that effective leaders require. Seeking out ways to enhance these skills will not only benefit your company, but will also benefit your employees who will feel more engaged and valued as a team member.   

Although this was a quick assessment of where employer frustrations and hiring decisions fall, were you surprised by the results? How did the overall results compare to how you did or would have responded? Share your thoughts with us in the blog comment section.

For job seekers, how will you use this information to make yourself a more valuable employee or potential new hire? Don’t forget to reach out to Aureus Group to secure tools that we’ve specifically developed to help prep for interviews.

Always striving to bridge the gap between top talent and outstanding employers, Aureus Group cherishes your partnerships and welcomes your feedback.

Chris Carlson, Aureus Group Regional Manager
Chris Carlson, CPC, Aureus Group Regional Manager

About Chris Carlson
Chris is an experienced executive in the staffing industry. She has extensive experience in developing and implementing operational analyses and programs and has assisted hundreds of firms streamline processes and upgrade the competencies of its workforce. Finding innovative ways to generate new business and build teams is her passion. She has developed and executed many successful strategic marketing plans. Chris began her career at Aureus Group, a full-service professional recruiting firm, in 1994 and currently serves as the regional manager of Aureus Group specializing in the Finance & Accounting, Systems and Executive search areas.

In addition, Chris is a Certified Professional Consultant, and has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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