Is Social Capital a Key to Workforce Success? A New Survey Suggests So.
A DeJesus Solutions survey asked 633 individuals about their experiences with social capital in the workforce. The results were astounding. According to their responses, social capital is the key to workforce success: 39% of respondents said they landed their first job through a connection – that’s someone they know or someone who knows someone they know. Once employed, that number jumped: 44% of respondents say they got their current job thanks to a connection. That’s more than double the percentage of respondents who got their hired through a job board like Linkedin, Indeed, or Monster. At the core of these connections was trust. Out of all the interviewees, 56% agreed that trust was the primary motivator for getting hired through connections – a promising statistic supporting efforts to build up inter-community relationships and social capital.