From talent recruitment to employee management, your human resources department has the mission critical responsibility of ensuring that your company is composed of people that are motivated, satisfied, and fulfilled in their work. In this sense, HR holds the keys to the present and the future prospects of your organization.

The pressure of hiring the right people and keeping the top performers gets complex when HR factors into the equation what employees consider to be big factors in their choice to stay in a company, ranging from flex time and health benefits to company culture and transparency. At the end of the day, your business is all about the people, and therefore the work experience must not just meet, but exceed employee expectations.

Read on for 25 fascinating HR statistics on the challenges, observations, and trends seen in the human resources space in regards to managing the employee experience and company culture.

HR Statistics

  1. 47% of HR leaders cite employee retention and turnover as their top workforce management challenge, followed by recruitment and corporate culture management. (SHRM)
  2. 83% of employers believe attracting and retaining talent is a growing challenge. (Allegis Group)
  3. 76% of HR leaders say employee onboarding practices are underutilized at their organization. (Kronos)
  4. 53% of HR professionals say employee engagement increases when onboarding is improved. (SilkRoad)
  5. Organizations that invest in a strong candidate experience improve their quality of new hires by 70%. (Glassdoor)
  6. The top reasons given by employees for leaving their jobs include lack of career development (22%), lack of support with work-life balance (12%), their manager’s behavior (11%), unsatisfactory compensation and benefits (9%), and poor well-being (9%). (Work Institute)
  7. 46% of HR leaders say employee burnout is responsible for up to half of their annual workforce turnover. (Kronos)
  8. Among HR professionals who claim difficulty in retaining older workers, 47% cite work location inflexibility as the biggest challenge, followed by career inflexibility (45%) and work hours inflexibility (44%). (SHRM)
  9. The top reasons why millennials leave their companies are because they received a better job offer from another company (30%), their career goals aren’t aligned with their company (27%), and they see a lack of career opportunities within the company (13%). (Millennial Branding)
  10. The top employer attributes that jobseekers value most are salary and employee benefits, long-term job security, and a pleasant working atmosphere. (Randstad)
  11. 87% of employees expect their employer to support them in balancing their life between work and personal commitments. (Glassdoor)
  12. 56% of employees say additional paid time off would make them more loyal to an organization. (Fierce, Inc)
  13. 51% of employers say using health and wellness benefits to maintain employee loyalty and retain talent will become even more important in the next 3 to 5 years. (MetLife)
  14. 92% of employees believe showing empathy is an important way to advance employee retention. (Businessolver)
  15. 90% of job seekers say that it’s important to work for a company that embraces transparency. (Glassdoor)
  16. 75% of employees would stay longer at an organization that listens to and addresses their concerns. (Ultimate Software)
  17. 94% of employers surveyed report that having a succession plan positively impacts their employees’ engagement levels. (Software Advice)
  18. 73% of employers believe a great corporate culture gives their organizations a competitive edge. (CultureIQ)
  19. Building an employer brand and company culture helps companies increase qualified candidates (49%), increase diverse candidates (32%), increase employee referrals (41%), and hire the right people (55%). (SHRM)
  20. 52% of HR professionals cite management buy-in as the biggest barrier to strengthening culture. (CultureIQ)
  21. 66% of employees will first look to see if there is an open position of interest at their current company before looking elsewhere. (Cornerstone)
  22. 78% of employees said they would remain longer with their employer if they saw a career path within the current organization. (Mercer)
  23. 89% of HR leaders surveyed agree ongoing peer feedback and check-ins have a positive impact on their organizations. (SHRM)
  24. 97% of HR leaders are planning to increase their investment in recruiting technology by the year 2020, including nearly a quarter (22%) who anticipate a 30-50% increase in spending. (Future Workplace)
  25. 48% of HR and talent professionals want to replace their current HR software with a cloud-based system by 2018. (Information Services Group)

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