With much conjecture in the press about the state of the UK jobs market over recent weeks, research published by recruitment company Badenoch & Clark at the end of August sends an equally ominous note concerning future employee relation prospects.
The research surveyed over 1,000 young people (across all sectors) currently in employment seeking views about the organisation they work for and any intentions they may have to quit.
33% of respondents when asked about their senior management said they did not trust them (over double the response rate from the 2009 survey), and that as soon as the jobs market improves, they will depart to another organisation. For those struggling with the looming prospect of the demographic time bomb, this is particularly worrisome.
I recall another survey at the beginning of 2010 conducted by Income Data Services (IDS) where they asked all sector HR Directors what was their top priority for the coming year? The most frequent answer? Employee engagement.
Our professional body, the Charted Institute of Personnel and Development, has been recently quoted as saying the Government”…needs to win the hearts and minds ” of public sector employees to gain their trust with the prospects of significant job losses (set at 600,000 according to treasury estimates).
It seems to me that HR leaders in the public sector really need to focus on that number one priority signalled to IDS in their New Year research, otherwise there’s a risk of all the young guns going off…but not in the direction we want.