“New hire’s remorse”—at least under this name—is a recent phenomenon that we broached last week. Also called “shift shock,” it arises when an employee regrets taking a job because it isn’t the right fit or is completely different from what was expected. As noted previously, 72% of 2,500 jobseekers surveyed earlier in 2022 reported feeling new hire’s remorse.[i] Reasons for increased awareness of shift shock include (1) decreased exposure to a new workplace and future coworkers because of the rise of virtual interviewing, (2) dissatisfaction with the amount of time employees are expected to be in the office, and (3) the evolution of “rules” for how long employees are expected to remain at a job.
So, how can employees and employers address shift shock?
What Employees Can Do to Avoid or Overcome New Hire’s Remorse
Given the overall abundance of available positions nationwide, employees in certain sectors can afford to be more selective in finding new jobs. Here are some recommendations for avoiding new hire’s remorse in a new position:
How Employers Can Prevent or Mitigate New Hire’s Remorse
Hiring managers and human resources personnel should be prepared in the following ways to better engage and retain new hires so they don’t regret their new job placements:
Though early dissatisfaction and “new hire’s remorse” among employees have become more prevalent in workplaces, there are steps that both employees and employers can take to avoid it—or at least minimize its effects.
[i] Tomb, D. (2022, August 30). 72% of Muse Survey Respondents Say They’ve Experienced “Shift Shock”. The Muse. https://www.themuse.com/advice/shift-shock-muse-survey-2022
[ii] Jackson, S. (2022, April 6). Nearly three out of four new hires regret accepting a job offer. Here are the questions to ask to make sure it doesn’t happen to you. Business Insider. https://www.businessinsider.com/questions-to-ask-in-interview-to-avoid-new-hire-regret-2022-3
[iv] Liu, J. (2022, March 2). 72% of young workers say they’ve regretted a new job after starting. CNBC. https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/02/72percent-of-young-workers-say-theyve-regretted-a-new-job-after-starting.html
[v] Starner, T. (2022, April 14). 4 new onboarding frameworks to help prevent ‘The Great Regret’. Human Resource Executive. https://hrexecutive.com/4-new-onboarding-frameworks-to-help-prevent-the-great-regret/
[vi] Comer, L. (2022, October 4). Is Your Sales Onboarding Giving Your New Hires Buyer’s Remorse? Mindtickle. https://www.mindtickle.com/blog/is-your-sales-onboarding-giving-your-new-hires-buyers-remorse-mindtickle/
[vii] Ryba, K. (2022, February 8). How to Reduce Turnover With an Employee Retention Survey. Quantum Workplace. https://www.quantumworkplace.com/future-of-work/employee-retention-survey
[viii] Sohal, G. (2022, August 15). Company Swag Meaning & Benefits For Company Culture. PerkUp. https://www.perkupapp.com/post/company-swag-meaning-benefits-for-company-culture
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Defining Pro Bono
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