Poll Results from IHR Q1 Events

During the 70 live and virtual events we host from our 1000-strong exhibitions to exclusive half-day breakfasts and targeted dinners we’re able to open a unique dialogue with Recruitment Leaders. This dialogue provides us with insightful and intimate details from our audience that has given us the ability to properly champion them. Below are the findings from some of our most successful events in quarter 1 of 2020.

A question we frequently ask our event audience is “what are your main recruitment challenges?” The answer to this poll helps drive our event organisation efforts and better understand the information that our audience is craving. We asked this question at both recruitment technology and onboarding focused events, the below information is what we found.

What are your main recruitment challenges?

Getting the right technology/systems implemented23%

23%

Lack of brand awareness24%

24%

Lack of recruitment marketing budget10%

10%

Lack of resourcing skills within the team4%

4%

Location6%

6%

Poor candidate experience15%

15%

Scarcity of qualified candidates18%

18%

Too many applicants0%

0%

As you can see in the poll above, the audience is currently finding the lack of brand awareness and getting the right technology/systems implemented to be their two main recruitment challenges.

Diversity & Inclusion is one of the hottest topics in the industry now. We are curious to learn the different strategies that are in place as well as in the works and who manages the upkeep. At a recent D&I event we asked, “does your company offer a diverse and inclusive working environment?” In response to the poll, 45% of the audience answered “yes” but not far behind was a “no, but we are getting there” at 36% and finally 18% answered, “we still have a long way to go.”

This poll is insightful and telling for what stages most employers find themselves. It’s easy for one to understand the need for a diverse and inclusive environment, but who creates the strategy and ultimately, who will maintain and benchmark to ensure its success?

Who looks after the employers diversity strategy?

Talent Acquisition27%

27%

Leadership33%

33%

HR33%

33%

Employees7%

7%

When it comes to onboarding, we all understand the vitality of a good experience in terms of retention and engagement, but why wouldn’t a company want to put more efforts into it.  We polled an onboarding event audience with the question, “What is stopping you from delivering a great onboarding experience?” We found that the main reason was the time it takes and resources, or the lack thereof.

What is stopping you from delivering a great onboarding experience?

Time it takes24%

24%

Too many systems12%

12%

Resources24%

24%

Visibility18%

18%

Communication3%

3%

Other21%

21%

That same audience was then asked how they would rate their own onboarding experience to which 37% answered average. To follow up the last question, we had to know why was it an unavoidable reason or simply by chance?

Why was it a bad experience for you?

Errors11%

11%

Equipment36%

36%

Delays31%

31%

Poor Day One39%

39%

Poor Communication58%

58%

Other19%

19%

However, in the above poll, you’ll find that the audience’s first sight of a poor onboarding process was because of what happened on day one as well as equipment and delays being other main reasons.

The events we host are not only insightful for the delegates, but for IHR and our partners. From the above information, we can better understand our audience and drive our efforts in partnering with the highest and most qualified in order to gain the most worthwhile knowledge. We look forward to what we will learn in quarter 2, as the world has changed drastically since some of these events we’re keen to know if mindsets have also transformed.

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