Better a medium-sized company or a multinational? What benefits can really make a difference to your resources? Are some of the questions that PageGroup – a recruiting company that operates in Italy with the Page Executive, Michael Page and Page Personnel brands – has placed around 5,000 people, both employed and looking for a job, throughout Europe. Key elements of the dream job – according to the evidence that emerged from the report – are the correct type of contract and the right size of the company.
Type of contract
After two years of a health emergency, most workers are looking for the stability. The workers have no doubts: l’80% of respondents would choose a fixed placea third (34%) want a temporary contract and only 15% could be satisfied with any type of contract.
Even in terms of company size, those who participated in the survey have quite clear ideas: the medium-sized enterprises they are chosen as the ideal size by 41% of respondents. Follow the big companies (30%) and not small (25%). Why do candidates like midsize companies more? Of the respondents who said they preferred medium-sized companies, more than a third (36%) emphasized the quick decision makingthe greatest opportunities for training (30%) and the clear strategic vision (27%).
Professionals who prefer large companies, on the other hand, seem to be above all attracted to the possibility of accelerating their own professional advancement and earn a higher salary: almost half (46%) are attracted to training and career advancement programs, 39% to opportunities for promotion and 27% from the best salary.
Although the small businesses are the least preferred option for getting the dream job, there are a number of benefits which cannot be overlooked: the accelerated decision making (41%), the organizational culture that is usually found in a company on a human scale (40%) is the largest autonomy in carrying out activities (36%).
Dream job comes through some benefits considered fundamental. Candidates want specific training and career plans. But that is not all. Also health care private for employees and their families is considered a top priority by just over half (51%) of respondents. Other benefits that make the difference are: financial benefits (chosen by 35% of the survey participants), a car (35%) e devices provided by the company (34%).
Flexibility is a key element
During the Covid pandemic – 19 million people found themselves, probably for the first time, a working from home and, according to the results of the PageGroup survey, it seems that most want to continue to do this way of working: more than half of the respondents (59%), in fact, said they wanted to work partially or entirely remotely. Women seem to appreciate flexible ways of working more than men (65% versus 53%). In terms of time, 36% would opt for three days in the office and two at home; 19%, on the other hand, would like to work remotely four days a week and, finally, only 10% would like to spend four days in the office.
Despite the trend in favor of remote working, the fact that many employees continue to enjoy office life. The fundamental motivation lies in the possibility of socializing: 60% of respondents emphasize the advantages deriving from informal meetings with colleagues, 50% appreciate the social bonds and moments of relaxation that are absolutely not possible when working remotely, 41% the ability to hold face-to-face meetings and, finally, 39% the higher level of involvement when working on site.