The first job out of college is important — and companies are blowing it by not addressing the needs of new workers.
Employee engagement, anyone?
The largest reason given for the company performance was that “61% of those who are no longer with their first employer said their first employer did not provide a clear path for career advancement within the organization.”
I would suggest career advancement was not the reason people left their first job. Having a significant percentage of employees wanting to quit their first job every day of the week translates into engagement issues. It is not logical that a person wanting to quit every day in their first job would feel that way because they don’t know their career advancement path.
Every employee needs to know they are succeeding through measures, are doing relevant work for the company and known in their team. After achieving these three traits from their company, one would then worry about career advancement, not before.
Regardless, college graduates — as they should — vote with their feet when confronted with jobs that are not fulfilling and where they can’t see their future.