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SME staff satisfaction higher than the big boys

The latest LinkedIn Satisfaction Survey is out and it shows that SMEs are leading the way on keeping their staff happy. Apparently the UK’s SMEs currently enjoy the country’s highest levels of job satisfaction, with businesses of fewer than ten employees coming out on top of the satisfaction survey.

As well the satisfaction levels of those already at SMEs, it seems small businesses are increasingly attractive to those outside the sector. LinkedIn reports that over a third (37%) of workers would even be willing to take a pay cut for the chance to work for a start-up.

However, despite that, many smaller business owners still feel they face a struggle in attracting and hiring top candidates. More than three quarters (77%) of SME employers feel that they still have to work harder than larger companies in their industry to attract the best candidates.


‘Easier to engage new hires’

Dan Dackombe, director of LinkedIn Talent Solutions commented: “Thanks to social media, it’s never been easier for smaller employers to effectively engage potential new hires. However, our research shows that they feel the need to work harder to recruit despite consistently punching above their weight on employee fulfilment. Our country’s SMEs have a great story to tell and have an opportunity to capitalise on their size when it comes to hiring.”

Dackombe shared the following tips for SMEs looking to attract top candidates:

  1. Boost your employer brand online: The majority of today’s job seekers will check out a business’s website and LinkedIn presence before committing to an interview or applying to a job. Make sure they best reflect why your company is a great place to work.
  2. Know what you stand for: More than half (52 per cent) of UK professionals wouldn’t consider a job with a company if they didn’t know or agree with its values. It’s crucial to communicate a firm sense of what your company stands for and what it means to work there.
  3. Show, don’t tell: Use pictures and videos to showcase your company culture through your people. It’s never been easier or more affordable to capture your culture on camera using smartphones and simple editing applications and then share via your LinkedIn Company Page. LinkedIn’s newly redesigned Career Pages enable employers to better show off their culture to potential new hires by showcasing current employees.
  4. Your employees are your biggest asset: Your existing employees connect you to hundreds or thousands of potential new hires. Make sure you’re encouraging them to be your biggest ambassadors by supplying them with relevant and engaging content such as company news and updates they can share with their networks.