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Another year, another set of decisions to make when it comes to all of the things people operations.

Looking to HR statistics can help keep you from blindly making decisions which impact the entire company, whether it's choosing your next HR software solution or settling on your return-to-office policy.

In this post, we’ve rounded up some insightful HR statistics and noted some ongoing trends in HR to help you make decisions that have a positive impact on your employees and your company.

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General HR Statistics

If you want to understand what's impacting HR, you need to understand the labor market and what moves it.

Here are some stats every HR professional should be keeping an eye on.

  • There were 8.7 million job openings at the start of November 2023. (BLS, 2023)
  • Over 40% of worker say they are burned out. (CNBC, 2023)
  • 79% of employees value flexible work options in their role. (Forbes, 2023)
  • 62% of people emphasize access to mental health resources when considering a new role. (Forbes, 2023)
  • It takes employers an average of 44 days to make a new hire. (SHRM, 2023)

Key Takeaways

Mental health is a key differentiator for your employer brand as candidates seek out work life balance when examining new opportunities.

Recruitment Statistics

In recent years, finding and hiring the right candidate for a position has become more difficult, so you really need to stand out to attract candidates and seek to 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)
  • 70% 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, 2021).
  • LinkedIn remains the best recruiting platform for professional roles in 2023. (Forbes, 2023)
  • 67% of HR professionals believe that AI will have a positive impact on the recruitment process, while 35% believe AI could lead to overlooking unique and unconventional talents. (Tidio, 2023)
  • 86% of employees and job seekers research company reviews and ratings to decide on where to apply for a job. (Glassdoor, 2021)
  • 97% of companies are planning bigger investments in recruitment technologies in the coming 2023 year, with 47% investing in AI technologies. (Zippia, 2023)
  • ​​67% of GenZ feel that it’s important to work for a company that shares their values. (CareerPlug, 2022)
  • In 2021, over 70% of job applications were completed on a mobile device. (CareerPlug, 2022)

Key Takeaways

Recruitment is a fast-moving game but, from the above stats, it appears that recruitment marketing and new technologies are starting to take increased prevalence.

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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.

Some stats to help you fine-tune your onboarding process. 

  • Implementing a formal onboarding program can result in 50% higher employee retention and 62% productivity increase within the same group. (Harvard Business Review, 2022)
  • 69% of employees are likely to stay with a company for 3 years if they experience great onboarding. (Clickboarding, 2020)
  • Receiving company swag helps create a welcoming feeling, 91% of those who received swag felt effectively welcomed to their new company. (InfoQ, 2020)
  • At Microsoft, new hires with assigned onboarding buddies were 23% more satisfied with their onboarding experience. (Microsoft, 2022)
  • The onboarding process should last for about 3 months, although in some cases it can last up to a year (general consensus).

Hopefully you’re now convinced of the importance of onboarding and have some idea of how to approach it. Some further resources:

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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, admittedly, 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.

  • A People Managing People survey shows that 40% of HR leaders feel talent retention is still their biggest concern.
  • Employee retention tops the list at 20% for priorities for businesses in 2023, followed by recruiting at 14% and company culture at 12%. (HRReporter, 2023)
  • In 2023 44.5 million Americans quit their job, compared to 50.6 million in 2022. (Wall Street Journal, 2024).
  • The average tenure in 2022 is 4.1 years, with the longest industry-specific tenure being 6.8 years at government jobs. (BLS, 2022)
  • 95% of HR managers believe that burnout has the most serious consequences on employee retention. (Forbes, 2023)
  • More Baby Boomers (46%) reported that flexibility in work hours or schedule would make them stay long-term at their organization than Gen X (38%), Millennials (31%), and Gen Z (24%). (Paychex, 2022)
  • 58% respondents said lack of appreciation was a reason for leaving their jobs (People Managing People).

Key Takeaways

People value flexibility! They also appreciate feedback and recognition (more on this later).

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

Employee Engagement Statistics

As you probably know, one of the  HR department’s hardest tasks is helping to keep employees engaged in their work and the company.

Use the below stats to guide your employee engagement efforts:

  • 70% of employees report that the quality of the team leader creates more engaged employees and work relationships. (Gallup, 2021)
  • In early 2022, a Gallup study was released that showed 32% of full-time and part-time employees are currently engaged in their jobs, while 17% are disengaged. (Gallup, 2022)
  • 45% of employees feel emotionally drained from their work and, the younger the employee, the more likely they are to report these sentiments. (SHRM)
  • Executives are 8 times more likely than other employees to say that their purpose is fulfilled at work, while the group who are most reliant on purpose-driven work are parents. (McKinsey&Company, 2021)
  • Gallup’s chief scientist for workplace and wellbeing research, Jim Harter, stated that quiet quitting aligns with employees being unengaged and especially affects employees born after 1989. (CareerPlug, 2022)

Key Takeaways

Managers have a significant impact on employee engagement, and it’s HR’s job to support them.

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Job Satisfaction Statistics

If you’re passionate about HR, you probably care about whether your employees are satisfied with their roles. 

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

  • Only 20% people are passionate about their jobs (Zappia, 2023).
  • 74% of employees in the U.S believe that company culture is the biggest reason for job satisfaction. (ApolloTechnical, 2022)
  • The two main factors for high job satisfaction are “high meaning” and income (Zappia, 2023).
  • 64% of employees believe that celebrating employees’ milestones and life events creates positive work relationships and job satisfaction. (Globoforce, 2023)

Key Takeaways

There are a lot of factors that go into employee satisfaction, but we can see that culture, income and meaning/purpose are three strong proponents.

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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. Use the below stats to help you refine your performance management.

  • 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, 2020)
  • 22% of organizations 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 behaviors. (HRD, 2021)
  • 80% of employees prefer to get immediate feedback (weekly, monthly, quarterly) rather than wait for performance reviews. (EmploySure, 2023)
  • In terms of performance management, more companies (48%) were focused on productivity and engagement than on development (31%) in 2022. (ClearReview, 2022)

Key Takeaways

It’s clear that performance management needs to change from the annual performance review to a more continuous process of regular feedback and mentorship.

What’s also interesting is that there’s a shift in focus to productivity and engagement than development, which indicates these as more prevalent issues to address (more on this later).

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Employee Recognition Statistics

Year in, year out, HR statistics show that employees want to be recognized. But what’s the best way to recognize them? 

  • The 6 most “memorable” types of recognition are public recognition and getting a promotion or more responsibilities.
  • 64% of employees say employee recognition and appreciation is more important while working from home. (Human Resource Executive, 2020)
  • 37% of employees say that personal recognition would encourage them to produce better work. (Fortune, 2020)
  • There is an increase of 83% engagement when companies adopt the practice of recognizing small wins at work. (OCTanner, 2019)

Key Takeaways

People like to receive recognition in different ways, and not always in the way you expect. The statistics show a preference towards regular praise and public recognition, so keep this in mind when creating your employee recognition program for the coming year.  

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Diversity and Inclusion Statistics

Having a diverse workforce is important for a number of reasons. You want to ensure 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.

  • By 2044, minority groups will reach majority status. (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • 48% of GenZ are ethnically diverse, and most identiy as being non-white minorities. (Forbes, 2022)
  • 1 in 4 Black, Hispanic, or Latinx employees has experienced discrimination at work. (Gallup, 2021)
  • According to a study, blind applications increased the likelihood of a woman getting hired from 25-46%. (Harvard University)
  • 90% of Fortune 500 companies are already utilizing employee resource groups to help with DEI efforts. (Forbes, 2023)
  • 58% of employees who say they’ve experienced pay discrimination are women. (Talent.com, 2022)
  • Women are less likely to negotiate their salary because of gender bias; research proves that women are often perceived to be greedy, or not a team player, upon asking for a pay raise. (Talent.com, 2022)

Key Takeaways

As GenZ enters the workforce companies will come under increasing scrutiny regarding their diversity and inclusion efforts.

There are many ways to increase DEI initiatives in the workplace such as promoting employee resource groups, using accessible language in job descriptions, highlighting DEI values and goals within the company, and allowing for salary transparency. 

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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 who’s most vulnerable and some pointers for how to mitigate against it.

  • 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, 2022)
  • Middle managers are the employee group that experiences the most burnout at 43%. (Forbes, 2022)
  • 75% of managers report that receiving more guidance from employers would help them better prioritize their work and manage stress. (CNBC, 2022)
  • Female workers experience burnout 32% more than male workers. (Forbes, 2023)

Key Takeaways

It’s evident that chronic stress is an issue, which will eventually result in burnout, and that managers, especially female, are most susceptible to burnout. 

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Employee Wellness Statistics

One way to prevent burnout is to promote employee wellness. Reducing stress and anxiety and encouraging workplace wellness will keep your employees happy and motivated. 

Use these statistics to keep your company trending in the right direction when it comes to mental health. 

  • 68% of leaders are ranking mental health and well-being as the top priority going into 2023. (Forbes, 2023)
  • Meditation app Headspace reported that interest from companies has increased by more than 500%. (MITSloan, 2021)
  • 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, 2021)
  • In a study, 33% of workers said that flexibility is the most important action taken by their employer in supporting their mental health. (BenefitsCanada, 2022)

Key Takeaways

Ensuring workers’ mental well-being is taking priority as we continue to navigate a turbulent world.

Organizations can help by offering access to mental health services, as well as providing flexibility and ensuring work-life balance. 

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Hybrid and Remote Working

The stigma of flexible work that was prevalent before the pandemic has decreased, but not everyone’s convinced yet. So, let’s dive into some stats.

  • 75% of managers believe that remote working improves productivity and 62.5% believe that it boosts motivation. (The Guardian, 2023)
  • A survey found that 1 in 5 employees want to be in the office 2-3 days per week. (Gallup, 2022)
  • 43% of employees report that the hardest part about working remotely is not feeling included in meetings. (Statista, 2023)
  • Flexible scheduling, like remote or hybrid work settings, improve factors like productivity, connection and company culture. (Forbes, 2023)
  • 46% of employers see decreases in office space in 2023 and 59% are already planning to reduce their space by half. (Vistech, 2022)

Key Takeaways

Remote working or flexible working is the preference for the vast majority of workers and further research confirms a positive impact on motivation and productivity.

The switch to remote working is also impacting organizations plans for the office and what they should be used for.

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Future of Work Statistics

Change can be hard at any time for the workforce, but the rate at which things are currently changing is creating high levels of confusion and uncertainty among the workforce and people leaders.

As we look ahead toward times of great disruption and evolving workplaces, the statistics tell a story of how things are changing.

  • 44% of worker skills will be disrupted in the next 5 years. (Forbes, 2023)
  • 39% of HR leaders who responded to People Managing People's annual trends report said AI and technology adoption would cause the biggest disruption to the workforce in the next 10 years, followed by 30% responding that economic uncertainty would be the biggest factor.
  • Over 85% of organizations say adoption of frontier technologies as the trend most likely to drive change in their organizations. (World Economic Forum, 2023)
  • 80% of Fortune 500 CHROs report that they have no plans of decreasing remote work flexibility in the next 12 months. (Gallup, 2023)
  • Employees will continue to chart nonlinear career paths, as currently 56% of candidates report applying for jobs outside their current area of expertise. (Gartner, 2023)
  • The future of DEI will continue to evolve, but it isn't going anywhere as 93% of companies have leadership support for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. (AON, 2022)

Key Takeaways

While some current trends will remain important, the biggest factor in the future of work is technology adoption that has the potential to alter how we view skill development and the workplace itself.

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 Finn Bartram

Finn is an editor at People Managing People. He's passionate about growing organizations where people are empowered to continuously improve and genuinely enjoy coming to work. If not at his desk, you can find him playing sports or enjoying the great outdoors.