Feeling unhappy with your job?
You’re not alone, because a new survey conducted by Nielson for software company Ceridian, found that workers in Canada and the US are actively looking for new work while in their current positions.
Nielson surveyed 2,001 full-time employees in North America during the summer of 2018 about their relationship with their current employers and their career plans.
The survey found that a large number of employees have their eyes on other positions as 20% of respondents said they were actively pursuing new opportunities while working at their current jobs.
However, the need to find a new position was not connected to happiness in the workplace. More than three out of four respondents (77%) said that they were happy with their current jobs.
“Being satisfied or happy at a company is not the same as being engaged or committed,” said Lisa Sterling, head of people and culture at Ceridian, in a statement.
“You want people who are truly engaged in their jobs, who are committed and feel they have a purpose. Those are individuals who don’t jump at the chance to make $15,000 more a year.”
But there are certain employees who will consider leaving more than others.
The survey found that 55% of 18-to-24-year-olds were pursuing new positions –both actively or casually– compared to 39% of 35-to-49-year-olds.
The biggest reason why workers are looking to switch jobs comes down to pay.
Over a quarter (28%) of respondents said that they left their last job because they did not make enough money.
This factor was particularly high among those between 18 and 34, as 37% of workers in that age demographic agreed that they were not paid enough in their previous position.
When it comes to why workers stay with their current employer, good job benefits, good pay, and a strong relationship with employees were the leading factors.
The option to work from home and for a company that offers training were important factors for happiness.
Surprisingly, those who work in a more traditional office also said that were happier than those who work in modernized settings.
Aside from work perks, and getting along with colleagues, Sterling notes that happiness with the job comes down to strong leadership.
“It’s that old adage, ‘people don’t leave companies, they leave leaders,’” she said.
“It comes down to the leadership, or the lack of it, that causes employees to feel a lack of purpose and empowerment.”