One-quarter of workers will look for new jobs in next 6 months: Poll

Managers, sales people and IT professionals are the most likely to go looking
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 11/30/2010

As the labour market improves, Canadians are starting to think about changing jobs, according to a new Ipsos Reid poll.

Build a Better Workplace found 27 per cent of workers were likely to seek a new job during the next six months. Among employees who work for organizations where there has been a wage freeze, this figure jumped to 34 per cent.

Managers were even more likely than rank-and-file employees to indicate they plan to be out there looking (31 per cent). Sales people and IT professionals are also more likely to consider a job change than the average.

When asked if they would stay with their current employer if they were offered a comparable role with higher pay elsewhere, only 22 per cent said they would stay put and 31 per cent said they would jump ship. Nearly one-half (46 per cent) said it would depend on the size of the increase.

“Organizations caught in a tight race for survival can ill-afford wide-spread desertions, especially if the people who are lured away are their best performers,” said Greg Leach, senior-vice president at Ipsos Reid and author of the study. “While the sudden departure of any single group would derail any organization, it appears that the greatest threat may be the potential loss of managerial talent. This could lead to a domino effect that could bring the organization to its knees.”

Asked about their main job-related concerns, 29 per cent of respondents cited compensation, followed by work-life balance at 26 per cent. Managers were even more likely to cite work-life balance at 31 per cent. Amid cutbacks, layoffs and the search for greater efficiencies, employees are feeling that they are being asked to work far too hard for the compensation they are getting, said Leach.

Other findings:

• 22 per cent said their optimism about their own future within their organization is decreasing

• 7 per cent said their optimism about their own future within their organization is increasing

• 20 per cent said their motivation to help their employer succeed is decreasing

• 15 per cent said their motivation to help their employer succeed is increasing

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