In a recent survey by totaljobs.com 28% of those polled said they hadn’t even considered working for a SME (Small to Medium Enterprise) and 51% believed the opportunity for career progression within a SME was less than working for a corporate organisation.
The website director for totaljobs.com is John Salt and he said “SMEs need to do more to highlight the benefits of working for them.” He went on to say; “Despite the fact that the UK SME sector is booming, our research shows a perception among jobseekers that larger companies offer better career progression and salaries. In fact, the opposite is often the case; employees are more likely to be noticed in a SME and rewarded with promotions and pay rises, whereas it’s easier to be overlooked at larger companies.”
I totally agree with this sentiment but think there are much greater benefits of working in a smaller business. Here are my top ten:
I could go on and on but I think you get the picture. Don’t get me wrong there are some large corporates with exceptional leaders and great working cultures. There are also SMEs that are run badly. It pays to do due diligence when looking to move jobs and remember that the interview process is as much about you learning whether you want to work for them as it is the other way around.
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Mark Williams is a learning and development professional, using business psychology and multiple intelligences to create fascinating and quickly-identifiable learning initiatives in the real-world business setting. Mark’s role at MTD is to ensure that our training is leading edge, and works closely with our trainers to develop the best learning experiences for all people on learning programmes. Mark designs and delivers training programmes for businesses both small and large and strives to ensure that MTD’s clients are receiving the very best training, support and services that will really make a difference to their business.