The employer-employee relationship, like any other, is more or less attractive depending on what the parties give and receive. In other words, an applicant weighs-in the various pros and cons of a job offering before going through with its acceptance or rejection.
Suppose a jobseeker has two offers for exactly the same career paths but in different companies. Which of the two would they go for? What would they consider while deciding between the two? Let’s take a look at some of the most important factors in this regard.
Professional development options
Companies that offer real opportunities for professional development to jobseekers are the most sought after. Showing a concrete career plan to a jobseeker that shows their potential evolution as a professional is one of the best promotions that a business can offer. Additionally, word of mouth from employees regarding people who have started off in the company and have gradually gotten to important positions is another thing that incentivizes a positive decision on the applicant’s part.
Additionally, professional development isn’t restricted to singular opportunities in the premise of the applicant’s specialization but rather to overall internal mobility within the company - between national and international departments, and the availability of new challenging positions from time to time.
Another critical factor is the ability to work with preeminent specialists in a field. For example, many designers believe that working at Apple is an opportunity not to be missed, because they are surrounded by great professionals as well as being posed with challenges that require significant work for resolution.
The way a company facilitates its employees is also a critical feature in the selection process. It is only natural because while signing up with the company they are agreeing to spend a good chunk of their day on the company’s location. So, if conditions (air conditioning, lighting, work area, cleaning, maintenance, etc.) are not adequate, people will not feel comfortable working at such a place.
The presence and attractiveness of other facilities like insurance, medical cover, transportation, housing, and retirement funds are also equally important.
The opinion of people about a company also counts. Whatever is being said and commented on the street, press, social networks and websites, including forums about the working conditions in a particular company, can have a big impact on a jobseeker’s decision. So, company image matters a lot – particularly in context of a millennial workforce that is very adept at getting all the details about an entity and has very high standards for personal progress with not so much emphasis on company loyalty.
Compatibility of professional and personal life
The reconciliation between personal and professional life is another factor that people increasingly look at before they take the plunge and decide to work for a company. If the conditions for reconciling personal and professional life are not adequate, many people prefer to choose another job option that may even offer less money.
Free time, flexible hours, telecommuting, the ability to tailor the holiday to the rest of the family, among others, are factors that count in this regard.