Adecco Staffing Mature Worker Survey

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Adecco Staffing Mature Worker Survey


SURVEY BACKGROUND

Methodology & Background

  • Telephone survey of 501 hiring managers (those responsible for making hiring decisions at their company, division, group or job)

    • Fielded by Braun Research

    • Conducted August 23-30, 2012

  • Differences between various demographics groups were also explored:

    • Gender

    • Geographic Region

  • Survey results have a margin of error +/- 4.4% for this sample size.

Key Findings

Hiring Managers Prefer Mature Workers

  • Hiring managers are three times as likely to hire a mature worker (60 percent) as they are to hire a Millennial (20 percent).

    • This is especially true for female hiring managers, who are more likely to hire a mature worker (66 percent) than male hiring managers (52 percent).

  • Hiring managers think mature workers and Millennials possess different personality traits.  For example, hiring managers are most likely to associate mature workers with being reliable (91 percent) and professional (88 percent) while they say Millennial workers are creative (74 percent) and strong networkers (73 percent).

  • When it comes to skills that need strengthening, hiring managers feel mature workers need more technological know-how (72 percent), while that is the skill that Millennials need to develop least (5 percent).

    • Millennials, on the other hand, need to improve their writing skills (46 percent), while far fewer mature workers need to do so (9 percent), according to hiring managers.

Fewer Barriers to Hiring Mature Workers

  • Hiring managers think that the greatest challenge in hiring a mature worker is their difficulty learning/adapting to new technologies (39 percent), while the greatest challenge in hiring a Millennial is their unknown long term commitment to a company (46 percent).

  • Hiring managers are also concerned that both mature and Millennial workers may resist taking direction from someone of a different age.

    • Hiring managers think that a challenge in hiring a mature worker is their resistance to taking direction from younger management (33 percent).

    • Similarly, 27 percent of hiring managers also believe that a challenge in hiring a Millennial is their resistance to taking direction from older management.

  • However, almost two in five (39 percent) hiring managers say they don’t find any challenges related to hiring mature workers, while more than a quarter (27 percent) say the same about Millennials.

Hiring Managers Say Both Millennials and Mature Workers Need Interview Improvement

  • Hiring managers say mature workers’ biggest interview mistake is having high salary / compensation demands (51 percent), followed by overconfidence in their abilities and experience (48 percent). Millennials’ biggest interview mistake is wearing inappropriate interview attire (75 percent), followed by posting potentially compromising content on social media channels (70 percent).

    • Interestingly, these Millennial mistakes are the two that hiring managers say mature workers are least likely to make—wearing inappropriate interview attire (24 percent); posting potentially compromising content on social media channels (19 percent).

  • While more than a third (35 percent) of hiring managers say that one of the biggest mistakes mature workers make during an interview is being unable to sell themselves, women feel this way more than men. Forty-two percent of female hiring managers felt this way compared to 27 percent of male hiring managers.

  • Three in five hiring managers (60 percent) say that one of the biggest mistakes a Millennial makes during the interview process is showing a lack of interest in a job by not asking questions about the company or position.

  • Hiring managers in the Midwest are more likely (72 percent) to agree that Millennials make this mistake than those in other regions.

    • West (61 percent)

    • Northeast (60 percent)

    • South (52 percent)

 

MAIN FINDINGS

Hiring Managers Prefer Hiring Mature Workers to Millennials

 

MAIN FINDINGS

Hiring Managers Find Greater Barriers to Hiring
Millennials than Mature Workers

MAIN FINDINGS

Hiring Managers Say Both Millennials and
Mature Workers Need Interview Improvement

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