How to Hire and Retain Top Graduate Talent

Jun. 23, 2014 - by arcurtis

How to Hire and Retain Top Graduate Talent

June 23, 2014

When hiring for a position at your company, you probably have a checklist of what you look for in a recent graduate and potential employee: smart, hard-working, effective. And now, you might want to add “engaged” to that list. A recent Gallup study shows many eye-opening correlations between engaged students and engaged employees, with findings suggesting that engaged employees have a more positive impact on the company’s bottom line.

As our infographic below shows, to identify top talent in recent graduates, first take a good, hard look at their résumés. Start with where they went to college—while it doesn’t matter if the college was public or private, research shows that for-profit college grads are 10% less engaged than the average graduate. Also, see if they held an internship during college. Graduates who held a job or an internship that helped them apply what they learned in school are twice as likely to be engaged at work. Finally, notice their extracurricular activities. The 20% of graduates who were in extremely active in extracurricular activities are 1.8 times more likely to be engaged at work. In their interview, you might also ask if there was a professor or mentor they looked up to during school—the odds of being engaged at work more than double if the candidate was involved with a professor who cared about them, fostered their enthusiasm for learning, and encouraged them to follow their dreams.

How to Hire and Retain Top Graduate Talent | MidAmerica Nazarene University

Share this Image On Your Site

Please include attribution to http://www.mnu.edu/ with this graphic.

 

While “employee engagement” sounds tough to measure, research shows that it has a big impact on the company’s bottom line—companies with engaged workers report 2.5 times the revenue of competitors with low engagement. Engaged employees are committed to the organization’s success and put in the extra effort to help it succeed, while disengaged employees show up to work but are mentally checked out and do the minimum work required; disengaged employees are also 2.5 times more likely to leave their job for any increase in pay. Worst of all, actively disengaged employees act out their unhappiness at work, are difficult for coworkers to get along with, and cost businesses an estimated $450-550 billion per year in lost productivity. Some companies have resorted to creative measures to make sure they’re only retaining actively engaged employees; Amazon and Zappos, for example, even offer to pay employees to quit.

When it comes to keeping your talented graduates and employees engaged, leadership and feedback are two crucial factors. 80% of employees who are dissatisfied with their direct manager are disengaged, and 70% of employees who lack confidence in senior leadership are disengaged. Meanwhile, 54% of employees who report pride in their company are engaged.

Regarding feedback, a stunning 98% of employees who receive little to no feedback are disengaged. There appears to be a disconnect between what managers and workers consider to be enough feedback; 58% of managers say they feel they give enough feedback, while 65% of workers say that they want more feedback. Employees who receive feedback focusing on weaknesses are 20 times more likely to be engaged, while employees who get feedback focusing on strengths are 30 times more likely to be engaged.

Identifying and nurturing engagement in top graduate prospects may seem like a daunting task, but the benefits it provides to your company are well worth the effort. By actively looking for engagement in potential candidates’ interviews and résumés, you can help your company invest in a devoted employee who’s ready to be an asset to your company for the long haul. 

 

MNU News

Saturday, October 1
Recent News
List
Grid
Archives
Dade Baker
Business of Basketball Leads to NAIA Internship

Business of Basketball Leads to NAIA Internship

Dade Baker loves the game of basketball. After all, he’s been on the business end of the game since he was manager of his Olathe North High School…

Read More
Wall of Games
Annotated Bibliography on Analog Games and Learning Published

Annotated Bibliography on Analog Games and Learning Published

The Center for Games & Learning and Mabee Library at MidAmerica Nazarene University is pleased to announce the publication of The Annotated…

Read More
Open House Pic
Accelerated and Graduate Open House

Accelerated and Graduate Open House

The School of Professional and Graduate Studies is hosting open houses at its Liberty and Olathe locations. WEDNESDAY, October 5                    …

Read More
OLD SETTLERS DAY 0212
MNU's Old Settler's Parade Entry Celebrates 50th

MNU's Old Settler's Parade Entry Celebrates 50th

It's always fun, this 118 year-old parade that MNU participates in each year, but this year the university pulled out all the stops to celebrate its…

Read More
Moore Land Pic
Moore Land Auction Brings More Than $4 Million for MNU

Moore Land Auction Brings More Than $4 Million for MNU

MidAmerica Nazarene University is pleased to announce that a portion of the assets from the estate of Edgar (’72) and Maron (Lorimer) Moore sold at…

Read More
Alec Stahly at Chiefs2
Students Land Internships with the Kansas City Chiefs

Students Land Internships with the Kansas City Chiefs

The thing about team sports is that there is a lot going on; anything from blocking and batting to running plays and scoring. It takes planning,…

Read More
Chris Crawford AT
Next Stop Rio for MNU Professor

Next Stop Rio for MNU Professor

Lead Medical Provider for U.S. Paralympic Swim TeamLead Medical Provider for U.S. Paralympic Swim Team is MNU's Chris Crawford. The U.S. Paralympic Swimming team is competing with 176 other…

Read More
IMG 8547
Kansas City First Church and MNU Partner to Sponsor Bresee Film

Kansas City First Church and MNU Partner to Sponsor Bresee Film

They are providing disaster relief in West Virginia, planting a church in Louisburg, Kansas and now partnering with MNU for a historical film. Rev.…

Read More
IMG 8874
Nurtured Roots Grow Strong

Nurtured Roots Grow Strong

Pioneering freshmen come to MNU to pursue an education, anxious, brave and hopeful. Four particular students, never dreaming their paths would cross, came from near and far. Some paths seemed clear…

Read More
Sports
Gameday Central

Gameday Central

XC at Arkansas | Fayetteville, AR | 9:00 Coverage Here FB at #8 Grand View | Des Moines, IA | 11:00 Live Stats | ESPN3 #8 VB at Graceland | Lamoni, IA | 11:30 Live Stats & Video Streaming Twitter: @mnusports, @Pioneers_MNU

 
Men's Soccer Back on Winning Track

Men's Soccer Back on Winning Track

The Men's Soccer team got back to their winning ways Friday afternoon with a 4-1 win at Avila University...(click title for more)

 
Pioneers Handle Avila

Pioneers Handle Avila

WSOC at Avila | W 3-1

 
Latest Photos
Cheerleaders cheer on the MNU football team against Peru State.
Students enjoy the football game against Peru State.
MNU football against Peru State
Students enjoy the football promo.
Students enjoy the football promo.
Students wait in line for pulled pork during the football promo during Saturday's home game.