Two out of ten Romanian private employees would call themselves loyal to the company they work for, while 70 percent say they would consider a change if they found a better option, and at the opposite end of the spectrum, 10 percent of them do not believe in loyalty to an employer, a study by UP! Your Service shows.
The main factor that affects the loyalty of Romanian employees to their employers is the lack of recognition of their merits, 44.8 percent of the participants in the UP! Your Service study claim. Of course, the salary, along with the extra-salary benefits provided by the company (32.3 percent of the respondents), as well as the high workload (28 percent), the stressful work environment (24.8 percent) exaggerated activity control (24 percent) are also important factors.
Loyalty to the workplace is also negatively influenced by the lack of career advancement opportunities (20.6 percent), the cumbersome working processes (17.8 percent), the relationship with the managers (16.8 percent), the lack of opportunities for professional development (16.5 percent), penalties (14.2 percent) or relationship with colleagues (12 percent).
”While the salary is the most important factor in choosing a job, it is no longer the main reason why an employee leaves their current employer. In fact, lack of appreciation is today the most important reason for employees to consider changing jobs. The appreciation they expect comes not only from the manager, it does not just mean benefits and compensation, but it also has to answer the question, “How valuable am I here?” That an employee can ask themselves. If they don’t feel valued, they will be tempted to look for a new job and the decisive factors in their choice will be the salary offered and the brand’s reputation,” says Elena Calin, CEO of UP! Your Service Romania.
Developer perspectives and manager feedback
4 out of 10 private employees think managers do not encourage and support development, and more than half say they do not receive valuable feedback from managers to help them grow or think the organization does not invest in them, give them the opportunity to learn new things and to expand their knowledge and skills.
At the same time, almost 60 percent believe that the organization they work for does not give them the chance to build a career plan or to promote or provide training to help them build the skills they need to develop their activity, the UP! Your Service study shows.
When it comes to what the current employer is doing to lose his employees, one-third of respondents do not think the organization they are working with carries out loyalty initiatives.
Others say that the methods of loyalty found in their company include encouraging teamwork (33.1 percent), pleasant and relaxed working environment (24.5% percent), free expression of ideas and constant feedback (23.9 percent), the complex package of extra salary benefits (16.5 percent), the balance between work and personal life (16.5 percent).
Fewer are the ones who enjoy the fact that the organization offers equal opportunities for career development and advancement for all its employees (14 percent), organizes events dedicated to the families of its employees (9.2 percent), constantly shows employees how important they are for the company (8.5 percent).
UP! Your Service Romania study was carried out between 1 and 30 September 2018 on a sample of 2,042 private-sector employees across the country.