Companies are losing droves of new hires over misleading jobs specs

Retention of staff has been cited as a big challenge by Irish businesses.

By Killian Woods Reporter, Fora

A LARGE SHARE of new recruits at Irish firms are leaving their roles within a year of being brought on board due to misleading jobs specs.

As the economy approaches full employment, Ireland has become a job-seekers’ market and caused the retention of staff to be a growing headache for businesses.

Some firms have stepped up the perks to discourage staff from hopping jobs, particularly among their millennial workers.

However a new report by recruitment firm Hays Ireland said that the reason why nearly half of all new hires left their jobs because the role didn’t meet the expectations formed during the interview process.

Citing their the main reasons for leaving, just under 50% of the 1,800 people surveyed said on-the-job coaching or training was not provided as expected.

Some two-in-five workers also said that the actual job advertisement did not match the role they fulfilled.

The insights gleaned from the survey mirror another report compiled by recruitment firm Robert Walters last year, which found that 70% of white-collar workers believe they were misled at induction stage about so-called ‘company culture’.

Robert Walters’s survey found that three-in-five workers believe their responsibilities haven’t matched those outlined in the job description they applied for.

Source: Hays Ireland

The Hays Ireland report also noted that the application process prospective hires are put through has also harmed firms ability to attract workers.

It added the first impressions that employers give off at a job interview might seem “trivial”, but they matter a great deal.

Some 45% of workers told Hays Ireland that were deterred from pursuing a role due to a negative first impression of a business.

Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed said the internal working environment appeared unwelcoming during the interview process and 37% said the receptionist was unwelcoming.

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