Your Happy Employees Are Still Job Hunting (Infographic)

If you think that a happy workforce means you don't have to worry about your employees looking to jump ship, you're wrong. Here's why job contentment isn't enough to get people to stick around.

Bad news bosses: most of your employees are looking for a new job.

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You might be scratching your head about this, especially since most of your workers seem to be happy working for your company. Well, we’re scratching our heads too, over here.

Salary.com surveyed of more than 1,200 people about their current jobs and whether they plan to search for a new job this year. They found that 83% of people surveyed said they will look for a new job in 2014, which is up 6% from last year.

What’s more surprising, though, is that while job hunting saw a rise this year, so did employee satisfaction, which rose 23% from last year.

It turns out that 28% of people on the hunt this year said they are perfectly content in their positions. Despite this, about a quarter of respondents said they are looking for a new job every day, and another quarter are hunting a few times a week. Some of these job hunters are even looking while they’re at work.

The job-hunting process includes posting their resumes online, applying to jobs online, and even going on job interviews--almost 40% of respondents said they’ve gone on an interview within the last three months.

Sixteen percent of this year’s respondents said money was their top concern, but that’s actually down 8% from last year. Not surprisingly, then, only 29% of workers said a raise would help them stay put, down 7% from last year. In fact, half of the employees looking for jobs this year already received a raise in the past year.

So what’s the issue?

While we can’t account for why happy workers are still looking for new work, of those not content in their jobs, 15% said they are looking for a new job because there is no possibility of advancement, and 13% said they feel underappreciated.

Workers did say, however, that a number of things apart from pay could make them stay where they are:

If you do wind up losing some of your best employees, use the exit interview to get the skinny on the real reason why they left--it might be the best way to figure out how to keep your remaining employees there.

Hat tip: Salary.com

[Image: Flickr user Robert S. Donovan]

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4 Comments

  • hat tip to you too Rachel! Your post is really simple and easy to read

    and i would also like to point out, although we must do everything we can to have higher employee retention, we can see from the article that almost half would like to stay if there are some improvements.

    The rest just wants to leave, there might be a lot of reasons behind it, may not be the company but maybe they just want to try something new, work closer to home, etc.

    The point is, don't get caught up by them, focus on getting better next time, and don't depend on the individuals, create culture that could make those individuals

  • Don't forget that employers are still firing people on what seems like a whim. Loyalty is dead. If an employee does not have an escape plan, they are setting themselves up for a rude awakening.

  • Carol Sanford

    This is really interesting. In our work we find the biggest reason people keep looking, alt ought it looks like the were not asked here, is lack of ability to learn and creatively contribute. They want to be challenged and make a difference, not just be happy, have good benefits and good work life balance. Wonder why they did not ask about meaning?