2018 Workforce Study

2018 Workforce Study

A recent survey of Montana job seekers has culled important insight for local area employers during the state’s historically low unemployment rate. Survey results, gathered by Montana-based employment agency, LC Staffing, indicate that job seeker priorities could be more complex than local employers realize.

While 25% of survey respondents declared that “wage” was one of their main considerations when looking for a job, a startling 35% stated that their “work environment” was a more important factor.

“In recruitment, a competitive wage will always be key factor. Our recent data shows that the Flathead Valley employers who are filling job openings are starting new hires around $12.50 per hour or more,” said Kristen Heck, president and owner of LC Staffing. “That said, our recent survey also clearly shows that many Montana job seekers recognize huge value in employer offerings that cannot be quantified with a dollar sign.”

Along with wage and work environment, “meaningful work” also made the top of the list with 21% of respondents. “Meaningful work” was followed by “work schedule” and “benefits,” both of which scored under 7%. Many respondents found that it was a combination of factors, like “wage, schedule flexibility,” and “continual learning and being challenged.”

“This is relevant because job satisfaction and engagement are key to retention, and an engaged culture increases productivity in today’s age,” Heck stated. “Employers may need to adapt to more flexibility in work schedules and environments – these are key reasons for why people will stay, because so many businesses are not currently offering this.”

LC Staffing’s survey also gauged job seekers’ key factors for staying in a current job and what makes them want to leave a position. Surprisingly, only 10% of respondents declared that “wages” motivated them to seek work elsewhere. Additionally, 13% said that a “better work opportunity” contributed to their decision to leave their last position, and 11% stated that “conflict with management” was a deciding factor.

At the top of the list of motivators for staying in a position, 22% of respondents reported that their “work environment” was key. Just 17% declared that they stayed in their position because of “wages.” Additionally, 13% of those surveyed said that their “work schedule” contributed to their decision to stay on the job.

“Employers have an opportunity in this environment to consider how they will allow their employees to get the work done.” Heck continued. “It’s not always about people in seats, but outcomes. When employees are fully engaged, they’re happy and feel supported. When their work style fits their life style they’re not going to be shopping around for a different opportunity.”

Of the 1,000 job seekers surveyed by LC Staffing, 42% of respondents reside in the Flathead Valley, 41% in Missoula, and 17% in Bozeman. Surveys were distributed, and responses collected through an online survey platform.

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