More workers looking to change jobs, survey finds
As the United States economy improves, more workers are eyeing their next career move. According to a new survey from CareerBuilder, 21 percent of full-time employees plan to change jobs in 2014, the most in the post-recession era.
The survey also found that only 59 percent of workers are satisfied with their jobs, down from 66 percent in 2013. Ryan Hunt, senior career adviser for CareerBuilder, attributes this decrease to factors such as stress, work/life balance, advancement opportunity and pay.
“When workers sense their situation is unlikely to change for the better, their engagement with the job will inevitably diminish,” he says.
Among those with no plans to leave their current job, the top reasons given were liking their coworkers (54 percent), having a good work/life balance (50 percent) and having good benefits (49 percent). Making a good salary (43 percent) trailed in fourth.
The survey also found that workers rank several factors as more important than salary when considering a new position. These include job stability (68 percent of workers), location (64 percent) and affordable benefits plans (58 percent). Only six percent of workers said that no factor was more important than salary.
“First and foremost, workers want stability," says Hunt. "They desire a career that gives them a sense of security regardless of the economic cycle.”
Given this wish for stability, the growing number of employees looking to switch jobs could reflect a growing faith in the economy's recovery.
“The survey could suggest that because jobs reports are consistently showing better trends than in years past, more workers are confident they can finally make a switch,” Hunt said.
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