- Career switching is hardly unusual theses days, but there are professions people aren't likely to leave, say researchers in the Hiring Lab at Indeed. By analyzing the job postings people click on, Indeed says it can calculate the percentage of clicks outside of a job category or field.
- HR director is on the list of the 20 least likely to change fields, but has the highest probability of the 20 at a 43% switch rate. Indeed also found the lowest career-switching rates were among computer programmers and engineers, with Java developers (8%) and network engineers (25%) being the least likely to leave their careers.
- It's no surprise that salary factors into the mix. Indeed says that career-switching is more likely among entry-level job holders, who tend to earn less, whereas people in high-paying professions have less incentive to leave their fields.
Managing human capital is no cakewalk; it requires an understanding of human needs and incentives to build and maintain a workforce that can carry out an organizations' goals.
As a business changes, HR's level of influence may be directly correlated to how willing the HR department is to innovate — and if a director feels they are not given the resources to make changes, it's possible they could leave. HR is traditionally expected to do more with less, especially compared to other departments, but technology is helping the industry overcome this gap.
Obviously, it's not just tech that matters. HR professionals are still best positioned to lead organizations forward, and that will require the skills to improve the employee experience through branding, upskilling, addressing sexual misconduct, adopting and maintaining fair pay practices, and creating workplaces that welcome diversity and inclusion. Organizations that don't apply the same techniques to hiring within the HR department may see talent disappear.