44 HR Statistics Every Recruiter Should Know [In 2021]

Posted on December 17, 2020 // All, Human Resources (HR)

We’ve compiled a list of fourty four human resources (HR) statistics

This list can give unique insights for HR professionals and recruiters on how to approach, engage, and recruit employees as well as how to truly value and measure human capital. 

The HR statistics we’ll be presenting you in this post are great starting points for optimization in terms of employee training and development in the human resources industry that’ll allow for effective talent management. 

In other words, these insightful and helpful HR statistics can be used to establish benchmarks that’ll help professionals measure the effectiveness of their HR processes and strategies. 

Whether you’re an owner of a small business or a big company, taking care of the employee experience in the workplace is essential. 

Without further ado, let’s dive right into the stats. 


Table of Contents

Category #1: Employee Engagement Statistics

Category #2: Employee Onboarding Process Statistics

Category #3: Employee Retention Statistics

Category #4: Employee Wellness Statistics

Category #5: Work-life Balance Statistics

Category #6: Employee Burnout Statistics

Category #7:  Work Environment Statistics

Category #8: Employee Benefits Statistics

Category #9: HR Technology Statistics


Category #1: Employee Engagement Statistics

The first category of HR statistics we thought it’d be helpful to examine are stats in relation to employee engagement

Employee engagement is, without a doubt, one of the most important elements in the workplace. 

Employees are the foundation of every company and thus their engagement and motivation is vital for a company to function effectively. 

The COVID-19 outbreak has led to many companies working remotely which has brought to the fore issues in relation to employee engagement. 

For that reason, we strongly believe that now is that time for companies to express employee appreciation by giving gifts to employees working remotely as well as do their best to boost employee morale, maintain employee loyalty, and support them in any other way they can. 

Let’s start by looking at some interesting employee engagement statistics. 

Statistic #1: 76% of employees note that empathy in the workplace can lead to employee engagement and productivity. 

(Source: Businessolver)

Image Source: Businessolver

Statistic #2: There are over 400 employee engagement software, e.g. applicant tracking software, human resource management software. 

(Source: G2)

Statistic #3: Almost 90% of HR professionals agree that ongoing peer feedback can have a positive impact on employees.

(Source: Globoforce)

Statistic #4: ¾ of employees say the reputation of the organization where they work plays a significant role in job satisfaction.  

(Source: Ultimate Software)

Statistic #5: A survey by Gallup found that only 29% of employed Millennials feel engaged at work. 

(Source: Gallup)

Statistic #6: Over 80% of employees cited that taking paid time off is one of the top reasons for employee engagement and that it would increase their engagement significantly. 

(Source: Ultimate Software)

Keep reading to find some really interesting employee onboarding process statistics. 


Category #2:  Employee Onboarding Process Statistics

The employee onboarding process category includes recruitment statistics in relation to the hiring process and the recruitment process, as well as the way hiring managers are creating positive experiences for their new hires.

A new hire experience starts with a job opening and includes a variety of elements, from clear job descriptions and job offers to thoughtful new hire welcome kits  – the kind of welcome kits that your top talent will want to share on social media! – and sharing resources that’ll elevate employee performance. 

In other words, think of your employee onboarding process – like you should be thinking of your client onboarding – as your opportunity to show your best self, decrease the annual workforce turnover, and start building towards employee satisfaction and retention. 

Let’s start with our stats. 

Statistic #1: A BambooHR survey shows that 45% of HR professionals estimate that a significant amount of financial resources are placed in ineffective onboarding processes. 

(Source: BambooHR)

Statistic #2: The same survey shows us that on-the-job training, with 76%, is the top thing employees want to know about in their first week. 

(Source: BambooHR)

Statistic #3: Review of company policies is the second most important thing, at 73%, that employees want to know in a new job. 

(Source: BambooHR)

Statistic #4: According to a survey by Linkedin, 83% of job seekers cited that a  negative interview experience can make them change their positive opinion about a company they liked in the past.  

(Source: Linkedin)

Statistic #5: According to TalentLMS, only 39% of employees in North America receive company culture training during the onboarding process.  

(Source: TalentLMS)

Statistic #6: The same TalentLMS survey found that over 60% of respondents are dissatisfied with onboarding processes.  

(Source: TalentLMS)

(Source: CareerPlug)

Moving on to some insightful employee retention statistics.


Category #3: Employee Retention Statistics

This post also provides insights on another HR statistic area; employee retention statistics

As we’ve covered already, employee retention is about creating a strong candidate experience and doing your best to keep your employees engaged and motivated so they want to work with you for a long time. 

Employee retention is important because it helps build long term relationships with employees and make the most out of this business relationship. 

Let’s see some employee retention stats. 

Statistic #1: 47% of HR professionals state that employee retention is their biggest challenge, in terms of management, in the workplace. 

(Source: Globoforce)

Statistic #2: 49% of employees in Canada, with the highest rates being in Quebec  with 54%, are considering quitting their job. 

(Source: HCAMAG)

Statistic #3: Poor management, with a percentage of over 33%, seems to be the main reason why companies lose new employees. 

(Source: BambooHR)

Image Source: BambooHR

Statistic #4: According to the same survey by BambooHR, 31% of employees have quit their job within the first six months of their employment. 

(Source: BambooHR)

Moving on to our next category.


Category #4: Employee Wellness Statistics

In this section we’re going to take you through some employee wellness statistics.

I can’t stress enough how important it is that companies take good care of the wellness of all their employees. 

Our recent roundup on employee mental health highlights the importance of wellness in the workplace.  

The following statistics give us valuable information on how important it is that companies frequently check-in with their employees and support them in terms of wellness and mental health.  

Statistic #1: 92% of employees have stated that companies that have established mental health programs in the workplace show more empathy. 

(Source: Businessolver)

Statistic #2: In terms of well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic, 43% of employees in a survey in Canada cited that their companies have failed or haven’t done enough to provide measures to support their wellness. 

(Source: HCAMAG)

Statistic #3: A great number of CEOs say that, in their opinion, companies should do more in order to take care of their employees’ needs and wellness. 

(Source: Businessolver)

Image Source: Businessolver

Statistic #4: 43% of professionals surveyed stated that flexible working hours and schedules lead to less stress and better mental health for them. 

(Source: Deloitte)

Statistic #5: 66% of employees that were surveyed in a 2017 poll by Glassdoor cited that they’d be better employees and perform better at work if they got better sleep. 

(Source: Glassdoor)

Statistic #6: A MetLife study showed that 80% of employees would like to have access to financial wellness tools while only 20% of employers offer such programs. 

(Source: MetLife)

Image Source: MetLife

Keep reading to find some work-life balance stats.


Category #5: Work-life Balance Statistics

Our fifth category is a compilation of statistics about the work-life balance

Work-life balance refers to the ongoing process of keeping a balance between one’s personal family life and  professional life. 

Work-life balance is extremely important because it helps people be balanced, avoid work burnout, and make sure they’re not constantly prioritizing their work over their families and their personal relationships.

Here’s some work-life balance statistics.

Statistic #1: According to a survey on flexibility at the workplace, 38% of professionals surveyed cited that work flexibility leads to better work-life integration. 

(Source: Deloitte)

Statistic #2: A 2015 survey found that 32% of employees surveyed had consistently prioritized work commitments over family and personal commitments. 

(Source: Deloitte)

Statistic #3: 87% of employees expect their work institute to support them in keeping a balance between work and family alongside other personal commitments. 

(Source: Glassdoor

Statistic #4: 48% of employees think their organization generally respects and values their personal lives outside of work. 

(Source: Deloitte)

We’re now moving to the next statistics category.


Category #6: Employee Burnout Statistics

Let’s have a look at some employee burnout statistics that’ll provide us with some insightful information. 

Employee burnout is firmly linked to the previous two categories we’ve examined. 

Wellness and work-life balance can help employees be productive and motivated without stressing too much or having to deal with negative burnout experiences. 

Statistic #1: According to a survey by Deloitte, 84% of Millennials cited that they  have experienced burnout at their current job. 

(Source: Deloitte)

Statistic #2: The same survey showed that almost half of Millennials say that burnout specifically  was the reason why they had left a job. 

(Source: Deloitte)

Statistic #3: Deloitte also gives us insight on the main reasons why employees experience burnout. 31% of employees stated that it’s a lack of recognition or support from the company’s leadership.

(Source: Deloitte)

Statistic #4: According to a survey by Kronos, 46% of employees working in retail cited unfair compensation as the main reason for burnout. 

(Source: Kronos)

Statistic #5: In the same survey by Kronos, 29% of employees referred to unreasonable workload as a top issue contributing to burnout. 

(Source: Kronos)

Statistic #6: Over 80% of professionals say burnout from work has had a negative impact on their personal relationships. 

(Source: Deloitte)

Statistic #7: Over half of employees who experience work burnout deal with it by talking to family and friends. 

(Source: Deloitte)

After having seen these statistics, we’re moving to some really interesting work environment stats.


Category #7: Work Environment Statistics

The seventh type of statistics  we’re looking into are work environment statistics

As you may have guessed already, the work environment is one of the main elements recruiters and everyone in power in a company needs to take care of. 

A friendly and calm work environment can make employees feel valued and work more efficiently, while a stressful environment can negatively impact their engagement and make employees want to quit. 

Statistic #1: Over 60% of employees have claimed that their workplace is a good place to work because they’re satisfied with the way the company celebrates life events. 

(Source: Globoforce)

Statistic #2: 75% of respondents to a survey about positive employee experience cited that they would continue to work at an organization that cares about their problems and addresses their concerns. 

(Source: Ultimate Software)

Statistic #3: The vast majority of the American workforce, more specifically 79%, says that it’s vital to have fun at work. 

(Source: Ultimate Software)

Statistic #4: 90% of employees surveyed in that questionnaire we just mentioned say that it’s very significant to trust their colleagues and organization’s management in order to remain satisfied at the workplace.  

(Source: Ultimate Software)

Statistic #5: A survey by Harvard Business Review found that work environments that present some sort of diversity are 70% more likely to report that they’ve captured a new market. 

(Source: Harvard Business Review)

Moving on to the second to last statistics category we have for you.


Category #8: Employee Benefits Statistics

Another category we thought it’d be interesting to collate statistics about is employee benefits statistics

Employee benefits include all sorts of non-salary benefits, like health insurance and paid vacation time, that are given to employees on top of their normal wages. 

Usually, employee benefits are included in the employees’ contract, while some companies also offer competitive employee benefits packages that’ll boost employee engagement. 

Employee benefits might also include retirement plans and other types of perks. 

Let’s dive into some employee benefits statistics. 

Statistic #1: 33% of values-based recognition programs that are adopted by HR leaders are focusing on empowering employees and promoting career development. 

(Source: Globoforce)

(Source: Statista

Statistic #3: A strong majority, more specifically 89%, believes that the quality, types, and cost of employee benefits indicate an organization’s values. 

(Source: Businessolver

Have a look at the last category of statistics we’ve collected. 


Category #9: HR Technology Statistics

The last category is about HR trends in technology

If you’re wondering what HR technology is, let’s just say that it’s the sum of the tools and software that HR professionals incorporate into their strategies in order to create better and smoother experiences for their employees.

HR software in the workplace allows for automation and optimization in terms of performance management. 

We therefore understand that HR managers need to use this kind of technology to not only make their work easier, but also to make sure that they’re providing employees with the tools they need to work better. 

Here’s a few HR technology statistics. 

Statistic #1: According to SHRM, 50% of organizations will use HR software that’ll provide recommendations and insights based on machine learning and AI in the next ten years. 

(Source: SHRM)

Statistic #2: According to Gartner, 54% of HR leaders cited that poor or outdated technology and infrastructure is the main reason why companies can’t perform effectively while working from home. 

(Source: Gartner)


Now Over to You

There you have it. 

We hope that the statistics you’ve found in this post have given you a better understanding of how things are going in the HR industry.

Now we’d like to hear from you:

Are there any statistics we’ve missed to include in this list? Do you have any proprietary or other data we could feature?

We’d be happy to add it, so please let us know by leaving a brief comment below. 

Note: We’ll be updating this guide regularly as we discover more data around human resources (HR).


Featured image by Ruthson Zimmerman on Unsplash.

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