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Spherion’s 2014 Emerging Workforce Study

Check out study here:  http://www.spherion.com/ews/survey-findings/2014-ews/

Spherion has examined the issues and trends impacting the workplace and the employment life cycle for more than 15 years. Their 2014 study examines several primary themes aligned with the major milestones along a worker’s employment journey. The employment life cycle includes attraction, recruitment, engagement, retention, advocacy and leadership.

More than 2,000 workers and 230 human resource managers were surveyed on their opinions and attitudes around critical workplace topics such as recruitment, employee engagement, job satisfaction, retention, employee advocacy, social media use, generational differences and work/life balance. Findings from this in-depth research reveal new trends, insights and impacts important for U.S. employers and their employees.  The study was conducted by Harris Interactive between February and April 2014.

What You’ll Find in The Study

  • The survey offers great statistics and trend information for HR managers and businesses and provides tips on how to bridge the widening gap between employers’ and employees’ views.
  • The survey also includes data that can impact HR strategies to increase engagement, productivity and retention, among other topics important to the employment life cycle and workplace.

The employment life cycle demonstrates how an employee moves through their career and the intersection of key topics surfaced in the 2014 EWS such as job satisfaction, work/life balance, different generations in the workplace and social media.



Highlights from Infographic

To help us all out, Spherion has created an infographic to point out the trends and highlights.  See the full infographic below.

    • 44% of workers believe social media is influential in their view of a company they might work for.
    • 51% of workers agree their company’s online reputation impacts its ability to recruit workers.
    • 46% of workers say when they consider new employment, the company’s online reputation will be as important as any job offer they are given.
    • Less than half (45%) of companies utilize tailored recruitment strategies based on different age groups or professions.
    • Yet, recruiting workers isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Manufacturing workers are mostly likely to land their job through a staffing agency, while accountants rely on professional associations and networking, IT workers use online sources and admin/clerical workers secure their jobs through classified ads and company websites.
    • 51% of highly engaged workers agree strongly with the company’s mission, purpose and vision versus 17% of least engaged workers.
    • 54% of highly engaged workers agree that their company communicates its mission extremely or very effectively, versus 24% of least engaged workers.
    • 59% of highly engaged workers agree that their company follows through on its mission versus 24% of least engaged workers.

Spherion EWS Employment Life Cycle Infographic -1 (1)



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