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2022 HR Statistics, Trends & Data: Ultimate List

Another year, another set of decisions to make when it comes to all of the things under the umbrella topic of HR, like employee engagement, job satisfaction, and employee and performance management, just to name a few.

You don’t want to make those decisions blindly, given that any one decision affects your whole company. Looking to HR statistics, even if the HR role doesn't directly apply to you, can give you some indication of what’s working – and what’s not – for other HR and non-HR personal. 

In this post, we’ve rounded up some insightful HR statistics to help both HR and non-HR professionals alike to make those hard decisions and have a positive impact on your employees and your company.

Read on for HR statistics on:

Recruitment Statistics

In recent years, finding and hiring the right candidate for a position has become more difficult, so you need to stand out to attract candidates and get referrals from current or former employees. 

Keep up with hiring and recruitment trends to decide what works for you and your potential employees. 

  • 86% of HR professionals surveyed indicated recruitment is becoming more like marketing. (Glassdoor, 2021)
  • HR executives were slightly more deliberate than non-HR executives about focusing on well-being as an important outcome of work transformation, with 20% of HR executives selecting it as a priority compared to 15% of non-HR executives. (Deloitte)
  • 70 percent of employees said that their sense of purpose is defined by their work. So, like it or not, as a company leader you play an important part in helping your employees find their purpose and live it. (McKinsey & Company)

Recruitment software can be a life-saver for talent management and help get you on your way to nabbing great candidates. Don’t forget to use applicant tracking software to track who’s going through your process.

Employee Onboarding Statistics

Employee onboarding is crucial to ensuring new employees are motivated and productive. Bad onboarding experiences can set back employee development or increase turnover, so companies are putting more resources into the process. Boost employee retention by providing an encouraging and clear onboarding experience.

  • Remote onboarding/training challenges (37.4%) and hiring in a remote environment (33.1%) are top of mind among respondents, with uncertainty among candidates about job security (31.7%) and economic anxiety within the business (30.6%) also listed as major concerns. (Workable)
  • 69% of employees are likely to stay with a company for 3 years if they experience great onboarding. (Clickboarding)
  • Receiving company swag helps create a welcoming feeling, 91% of those who received swag felt effectively welcomed to their new company.(InfoQ)

Onboarding software can have huge value for onboarding and employee management—keep this in mind as you budget for software and tools!

Employee Retention Statistics

We all know an important part of HR is keeping great employees once you’ve hired them. An employee might quit for a variety of reasons – some of which are out of your control. 

Put time and resources into the reasons you can control, like fostering an engaging and healthy office culture, providing growth opportunities, and making employees feel valued.

  • 86% of employees and job seekers research company reviews and ratings to decide on where to apply for a job. (Glassdoor, 2021)
  • The average tenure of employees at a single employer has gone from 4.7 years in 2014 to 4.2 years today. And for those ages 25-35, the average tenure is only 2.8 years. (Horizon)
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that between April and August 2020, the number of employee-initiated separations decreased by 27 percent compared to the same period in 2019. (Eagle Hill Consulting)

Employee Engagement Statistics

As you probably know, one of the hardest jobs that falls to the HR department is keeping employees engaged in their work and the company. 

Theese HR statistics prove that motivating your employees and being considerate of their passions boosts engagement. 

In the coming year, support your employee’s professional development by challenging them with goals within their reach, to keep them engaged and motivated to take on the next challenge!

  • In early 2021 Gallup found that 36% of U.S. employees were engaged in their work and workplace. Globally, 20% of employees are engaged at work. (Gallup).
  • 45% of employees feel emotionally drained from their work and the younger the employee, the more likely they are to report these sentiments. (SHRM)
  • Less satisfied respondents reported lower average work and life outcomes than more satisfied peers did—everything from reduced feelings of energy and life satisfaction to lower engagement, satisfaction, and excitement about work. (McKinsey & Company)
  • Nearly 70 percent of professionals who transitioned to remote work because of the pandemic say they now work on the weekends, and 45 percent say they regularly work more hours during the week than they did before, according to a survey of 2,800 workers by Los Angeles-based staffing firm Robert Half.

Job Satisfaction Statistics

If you’re passionate about HR, you probably care about whether your employees are satisfied with their roles. There are a lot of factors that go into employee satisfaction, and the HR statistics show that every employee wants something different out of their job. So, how do you keep everyone happy? Start with the little things, like building relationships based on respect and trust. 

A few stand-out employee satisfaction statistics to keep in mind:

  • US employees are less engaged, less productive, and less positive about their career due to COVID-19. (Eagle Hill Consulting)
  • Job satisfaction was not impacted by Covid-19: job satisfaction went from its lowest rate of 42.6% in 2010 to 56.9% in 2020. This was, in part, due to companies checking in on their employees more, and compassionate benefits being offered, like flexible hours or healthcare benefits. (The Conference Board)
  • Of the group of employees working in non remote positions with little workplace flexibility, 70.5 percent report negative work effectiveness, with 50.4 percent feeling disengaged and 57.6 percent saying they’re struggling.(McKinsey & Company)

Performance Management Statistics

Keeping track of employee performance can be tough at the best of times—and it gets tougher as your company grows. On top of that, a recent trend has been an increase in performance reviews and feedback. Keep up with performance management tools like Factorial or Oracle, and stay on top of your employees using the HR statistics below.

  • 75% Senior HR Managers agree that collaboration, constant communication and a mentorship culture between managers and teams will become the future mandate of a high performing workplace. (Cision)
  • 22% of organisations are asking managers to focus more on behaviours than outcomes when assessing performance this year, and 12% are asking managers to focus more on outcomes than behaviours.(HRD)

Employee Recognition Statistics

HR statistics and surveys year in and year out show that employees want to be recognized. But what’s the best way to recognize them? Every employee likes to receive recognition in different ways, and not always in the way you expect. The statistics show a preference towards praise and public recognition –keep this in mind when creating your employee recognition program for the coming year.  

  • The 6 most “memorable” types of recognition are public recognition and getting a promotion or more responsibilities. (Gallup)
  • 64% of employees say employee recognition and appreciation is more important while working from home. (Human Resource Executive)
  • 40 percent say they aren’t recognized enough during COVID-19. (Achievers)
  • 82% of employed Americans don’t feel that their supervisors recognize them enough for their contributions. (Harvard Business Review/OGO)

To help you give employees the recognition they deserve, check out our pick of the best employee recognition platforms.

Diversity and Inclusion Statistics

Having a diverse workforce is important for a number of reasons. You want to make sure your company reflects the demographics of your customers, and it promotes a range of opinions and ideas, which is great for choosing the right path for your company.

Diversity is a hot topic among HR professionals, and the HR statistics show it will continue to be. Take note when planning upcoming HR initiatives.

  • Only one in six diverse employees feels more supported during COVID-19 than they did before the crisis (the number is similar for employees overall as well). (McKinsey & Company)
  • As of September 2020, only 53 percent of the US adult Black population was employed, compared with 57 percent of the corresponding white population, and 39 percent of jobs held by Black workers are vulnerable as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, compared with 34 percent for white workers. (McKinsey & Company)
  • 65 percent of US Hispanics and Latinos work in the five sectors that are suffering the largest drops in GDP during the pandemic, including leisure and hospitality and retail trade. (McKinsey & Company)

Employee Burnout Statistics

Another hot topic is employee burnout. High-stress levels, long working hours, and little time off contribute to this phenomenon. It’s costing companies money and employees unless they prevent it. The HR statistics show that companies aren’t doing enough, according to employees themselves.

  • Nearly 3 in 5 employees reported negative impacts of work-related stress, including lack of interest, motivation, or energy (26%) and lack of effort at work (19%). Meanwhile, 36% reported cognitive weariness, 32% reported emotional exhaustion, and an astounding 44% reported physical fatigue—a 38% increase since 2019.(American Psychological Association)
  • Managers are also feeling stretched thin: 59% said they’re working more than they did before the pandemic, and 72% said they’re under pressure to work even when they’re sick. (BenefitsPRO)
  • As of February 2021, reports of burnout increased during the COVID-19 pandemic among all surveyed employees regardless of generation. (Statista)

Employee Wellness Statistics

One way to prevent burnout is promoting employee wellness. Reducing stress and anxiety and encouraging workplace wellness will keep your employees happy and motivated. If your work environment is not conducive to good mental health, there can be consequences. Use these statistics to keep your company trending in the right direction when it comes to mental health. 

  • Seventy-eight percent of the workers surveyed said that the pandemic has negatively affected their mental health, 76% indicated that companies should be doing more to protect workers’ mental health, and a staggering 85% said that newfound work-related stress is affecting their home lives. (MITSloan)
  • Meditation app Headspace reported that interest from companies has increased by more than 500%. (MITSloan)
  • Recent research found that companies that adopted five of these wellness initiatives—active listening, revisiting values, modeling wellness, addressing wellness in reviews, and introducing “bookends” to the workday—were able to improve employee loyalty by 79%, helping retain top talent while saving the time, money, and resources needed for new hires. (MITSloan)

Related Read: How To Attract And Retain Top Talent Through The Employee Life Cycle

What’s Next in HR?

Stay up to date with HR statistics, trends, and data to make the best possible decisions for your employees. We’ve collected some of the most useful human resource statistics to make your job a bit easier and to help you avoid making hard decisions alone. 

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By Nuala Turner

Nuala is the Editor of The Digital Project Manager. She's passionate about ensuring digital project managers get the help they need with their projects and bringing readers tactical and practical content.

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