In celebration of Earth Day, TheLadders has released a new survey revealing that jobseekers “go for the green” when making a decision about their future employer.
In fact, when offered two equal job opportunities, 72% of candidates would choose the more eco-conscious company versus 10% who said that they would not. Less than a fifth (18%) said it would not influence their decision.
TheLadders, a job-matching service for career-driven professionals, surveyed more than 100 professionals in these industries: construction, education, engineering, finance, human resources, law, marketing, medical/science, operations, real estate, sales, and technology.
“Since launching almost a decade ago, we have seen a growing desire for jobseekers to work in an environment that reflects their personal values,” said Alex Douzet, chief operating officer and co-founder of TheLadders.
"It is clear from our survey that professionals are attracted to employers who share their priorities, enabling us to offer this exclusive data to our almost 20,000 recruiters nationwide. Our research provides a critical wake-up call to employers who do not consider eco-conscious efforts to be best practice."
TheLadders Earth Day survey also revealed these other key results:
It's not easy being green for employers. Less than half (48%) of respondents consider their most recent company to be green, 35% said they work for a company that is not green, and 17% are not sure.
Employees give green workplaces the green light. Working for a green company is important to 87% of respondents in varying degrees: extremely important (28%), very important (30%), moderately important (22%), and slightly important (7%). Only 13% find it not important.
Workers are willing to go green for a change. Most employees (75%) are willing to change their daily routine if their recent company provided them with small incentives to be green. Only a quarter (25%) was resistant.
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