While it may seem as if every in-demand candidate wants to work for a large corporation like Google or Facebook – companies that can afford to pay top dollar and offer extravagant perks like free gourmet lunches and top of the line, on-site fitness facilities – the reality may surprise you.
When it comes to where employees really want to work, small businesses have a leg up on the big guys. According to CareerBuilder research, 65 percent of employees would prefer working for a small business (500 employees or less) over a larger one.
When asked what makes working for a small business attractive, workers mentioned the following unique benefits:
- More camaraderie: 52%
- Less red tape: 53%
- The ability to make a difference: 51%
- More employee recognition: 50%
- The ability to see ideas come to fruition faster: 41%
- The ability to move up the organization’s ranks faster: 32%
The next time you’re recruiting for your small business, keep these findings in mind. Make sure to mention these benefits in your job postings, on your company website and social media pages, at career fairs, and in any other recruitment-focused materials. But don’t stop with those listed above – ask your own employees what they love about working for you, and use their answers to guide you.