Small businesses often have a tough time going against bigger competitors to attract talent. The economy may be changing that.
Workers who’ve lost jobs recently are turning to small businesses in greater numbers than ever before, according to a recent survey by CareerBuilder. About 20% of employees who were laid off in the past year have found new jobs at small companies. Another 60% say they’re interested in working for one.
After losing jobs, many workers want the stability, flexibility and opportunity for diverse experience that smaller firms are often better at providing, CareerBuilder says.
Here are the top reasons they’re interested in moving to those organizations:
- Family-like work environment (cited by 56% of respondents)
- More employee recognition (49%)
- A sense that each employee can make a difference (48%), and
- Less corporate red tape (46%).
When hiring, HR can emphasize those factors as selling points to potential employees.