OPINION: Employees plan to leave jobs, survey says

Like many of you, this time of the year I’m reminded how blessed I am.
Sure, there are things that stress me out and situations that could improve, but I choose to focus on things I’m thankful for, such as my family, friends, job, house, car, health, etc.
In our current economy, employment has come to the top of the things-we’re-thankful-for list. Last week, the state Department of Employment Security said the October unemployment rate in Northeast Mississippi was 11 percent. Statewide, 9.5 percent of people were unemployed in October, matching the national rate.
So, I was surprised to see a survey come out late this month that said 60 percent of employees polled “intend to leave” their jobs – willingly. Another 21 percent said, “Maybe, so I’m networking,” according to the survey by Right Management, a talent and career management consulting firm.
Thirteen percent said they planned to stay in their current jobs. The remaining 6 percent said changing jobs was “not likely, but I’ve updated my resume.”
The main reason for the job changes, according to the survey?
“Employees are clearly expressing their pent-up frustration with how they have been treated through the downturn,” said Douglas Matthews, president and COO of Right Management. “While employers may have taken the necessary steps to streamline operations to remain viable, it appears many employees may have felt neglected in the process. The result is a disengaged and disgruntled work force.”
Anyone else surprised besides me?
Sure, I hear the employee grumblings caused by companies forgoing Christmas bonuses and annual pay raises. I also understand the added stress as employers look to cut labor costs and rely on fewer employees to do more work for the same pay.
I even know people who want to change jobs in order to find something more fulfilling.
But, in my opinion, 60 percent of the U.S. work force is not “disgruntled.” Right Management surveyed 904 employees in North America via an online poll. Maybe the method skewed the poll.
This is a classic case of how you view the glass – half-empty or half-full.
You can dwell on how “neglected” you feel or you can be thankful that your employer found you valuable enough to keep around.
As for me, I choose to be thankful.

Contact Carlie Kollath at (662) 678-1598 or carlie.kollath@djournal.com.

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