In companies and businesses all around the country new hires are having second thoughts and employers are wondering about the people they hired. • In an Aug. 30, 2011, article by Dr. Paul Marciano, posted on AOL.Jobs, he cites a survey of his readers. He asked them for their attitudes and experiences in their current jobs. Over 50 percent of respondents regretted having taken their job, and 62 percent of those surveyed were actively seeking another. And, 42 percent of those surveyed did not believe in their organization or its future. • Why is this happening? Some say that in times past, there were more job choices. Now, for many, those choices don't exist. So, thousands of people are in jobs they don't like or want. Yet, all this seems to go against the general belief that says most people are happy just to have a job. And, we are continually being told that in our tight economy prospective employers have a wide choice of qualified job candidates. Here are some issues that may explain.
Poor interviewing procedures
A December post by Joshua Bjerke in Recruiter.com, backs up Marciano's research. In an article titled, "Hiring Decisions being Questioned by Most Employers, Employees," he discusses a recent survey by Development Dimensions International. "About one-third of the employer respondents to the survey reported an over-reliance on evaluations submitted by hiring managers when making a poor hiring decision," he says, "while 21 percent said skill exaggeration by candidates is the primary culprit in unsuccessful hires."
The best way to avoid these problems is for the company to have a formal, written interview policy that includes legal, business-oriented questions. Interviewers should be thoroughly trained on interviewing techniques and legalities. They should also be familiar with the job in question including the skills necessary, duties required, hours to be worked, rules and regulations pertaining to the position, etc. And interviewers should take the time to read the interviewee's application form and resume prior to the interview.
Job applicants not doing their homework
Too few applicants know much about the job they're considering or the company they're entering. Research online is a good way to learn what the job you're interviewing for requires and what it pays in your area. Never lie about your experience or skills. It is much better to say that you are willing to take classes to learn what is necessary for the position.
Information about the company is out there. Research trade journals, check out stories online, and talk with people who work at the firm. Never be too quick to take a job. Applicants looking for long-term employment should make sure the responsibilities, compensation, benefits and organizational culture match their needs and values.
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Here are two quotes to remember:
"So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work."
Peter Drucker, management consultant, educator and author
"Real success is finding your lifework in the work you love."
David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author, lecturer and historian
Marie Stempinski is president and founder of Strategic Communication in St. Petersburg. She specializes in public relations, marketing, business development and employee motivation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or through her website www.howtomotivateemployees.org.