Making a job move within a company has been highlighted as a key attraction and retention tool by nearly 90 percent of executives in a new survey. However, only a third of those that were interviewed by recruitment specialists Futurestep said that their companies had an internal mobility programme currently in place.
The survey of more than 1,000 executives found that 32 percent of executive level employees had to keep their intentions to apply for new positions within their company a secret. People who were interviewed whose employer did have an internal mobility programme were asked how news of opportunities were passed onto internal staff. Close to a majority (40 percent) said news was spread via a dedicated internal mobility portal, while nine percent said a dedicated email or newsletter was used. Both options were used by 29 percent.
“Successful internal mobility programmes help hiring managers learn about the skills, experiences and aspirations of internal candidates, while employees learn about new roles that will allow them to contribute to the organisation in new and different ways,” David Marzo, Futurestep vice president and general manager commented.
“In addition to solid external recruiting efforts, we see internal mobility as one of the keys to success in any recruitment initiative. In today’s “always-on” highly technical workplace, it’s increasingly difficult to find qualified talent. Giving current employees the opportunity and the mechanisms to reach for new positions will help ensure an effective workforce now and into the future,” Jeanne MacDonald, president of global talent acquisition solutions at Futurestep added.
While having an internal mobility programme was viewed as being helpful as a method for increasing levels of retention within a company, 55 percent said conducting an external search was still the most effective way of finding likely job candidates.