Will 2017 Spur Your Employees to Seek New Opportunities?

Will 2017 Spur Your Employees to Seek New Opportunities?
From Recruiter - February 24, 2017

Were a couple of months into the new year, and many people have abandoned their resolutions already. However, theres one resolution that might stickand its one that employers should pay attention to.

According to a WorkSphere survey from Spherion Staffing, 62 percent of American workers are planning to make changes in their professional lives. While some of these people are looking to change jobs or careers, others want to improve their performance, earn more money, or start their own businesses.

Although the new year is a common benchmark Americans use to hit refresh, 62 percent of those who have a resolution for 2017 to find a new job or career have considered doing so for more than a year, according to our survey, says Sandy Mazur, division president for Spherion Staffing. This year, the top three factors that have workers considering a career change include higher pay (56 percent), a desire to try something new (45 percent), and better work/life balance (44 percent).

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given their reputation for job hopping, millennials are experiencing professional wanderlust at a rate of two-to-one.

Millennials are most motivated to take on a new professional endeavor in the New Year; in fact, 22 percent plan to find a new job in 2017, compared with 11 percent of overall workers who plan to do the same, Mazur says. Nearly three-quarters of millennials who plan to start a new job or career in 2017 cite a salary increase as their primary influence.

While employers should certainly keep an eye out for talented employees who show signs of jumping ship soon, the good news is that they dont need to worry about mass employee restlessness. According to Mazur, 72 percent of workers who do not plan to find a new job or career in 2017 attribute their decision to being satisfied with their current work arrangement.

Politics Raise New Concerns

In the 2016 election, theRepublican Party gained not only the White House, but also majorities in both houses of Congress. This means the economic climate of the U.S. is likely to change dramatically from the standards of the past eight years. Employees are not unfazed by this: 20 percent of WorkSphere respondents said the election impacted their professional plans for 2017.

For many Americans, a top concern any time a new president is elected is the economy and how potentially changing policies will influence business operations, Mazur says.


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