Hiring and promoting your junior staff

Which factors do you consider most important when making an entry-level hire?
• Personality, work ethic and attitude – 75.9%
• Work experience/previous experience – 44.8%
• Referral from a trusted contact or source – 37.9%

When considering the first promotion for a new worker, do you take any hiring factors into account?
• Yes – 82.8%
• No – 17.2%

What share of your entry-level employees do you expect to rise through the ranks to mid-level or senior positions?
• Less than 15 percent – 34.5%
• Fifteen to 30 percent – 41.4%
• More than 30 percent – 24.1%

How do you reward employees who perform well but aren’t eligible for a promotion?
• Bonus – 44.8%
• Salary increase – 37.9%
• Better perks – 24.1%

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How long do most of your entry-level employees stay with the company?
• More than two years – 82.8%
• One to two years – 13.8%
• Less than one year – 3.4%

The PBN Executive Poll is a weekly survey of 70 business leaders throughout the state, representing small and large companies in a variety of industries.