In a nation currently experiencing economic resurgence and seemingly resilient labor markets, many employed Americans feel differently about their job futures. According to a new survey from Yoh, only 28% of employed Americans love their job to the extent that they wouldn't leave their current company for any reason. Nearly 1 in 7 employed Americans (14%) say they would like to leave their current job for a new one in the next 12 months.
Boosting Job Satisfaction
The results from the participants surveyed online by The Harris Poll on behalf of Yoh (1,175 Americans ages 18+ who are employed full- or part-time) reveal that certain perks would lead employees to consider leaving their current position in favor of something new. Some of those perks include:
- Increased compensation: Over 1 in 4 (26%) employed Americans would leave their current job in the next 12 months only if they received a higher salary and/or better benefits.
- Opportunities for new, more exciting work: Only 7% of employed Americans would leave their current job in the next 12 months if they received the same pay but got to work on more exciting projects.
- A new boss: Only 6% of employed Americans would leave their current job in the next 12 months if they received the same pay but no longer had to work for their current boss.
- And more!
Here are the findings collected from Yoh's Harris Poll survey:
What's Causing Employee Restlessness?
While the economy may be trending upward, employees may feel an undercurrent of dissatisfaction, restlessness, and the desire for change. The findings from the survey reveal some of the following causes:
- Salary Matters: 14% of workers believe they will need to change jobs in the next three years to get the raise they deserve.
- Age Matters: Older employees are more loyal, with 42% of those aged 55 and above saying they love their job and wouldn't leave for any reason, compared to only 19% of employees aged 18-34.
- Education Counts: College graduates tend to be more satisfied with their jobs and more loyal to their companies than those with a high school degree or less.
- And more!
How Employers Can Help
In times of uncertainty, companies must be aware of the satisfaction of their workers. With open dialogue and transparency, employers can learn what keeps their employees engaged and where they can make changes to improve their satisfaction. Maximizing employee engagement efforts, building community and company culture, and listening to your employees' needs and concerns are keys to employee satisfaction within their current roles.