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1 in 5 Employees Determined to Land a New Job in the New Year

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1 in 5 Employees Determined to Land a New Job in the New Year

Employers, take note.

As midnight approaches on the 31st and the final minutes of 2015 tick-tock away, more than one in five employees (21%) are pledging to leave their current employers in 2016, a 5% increase since last year. Among younger workers, the numbers are starker. Three in 10 employees ages 18 to 34 expect to have a new job by the end of 2016, compared to 23% last year. To keep their resolution to find a new job, 34% of employees are regularly searching for job opportunities, even though they're currently employed — a four-point increase since last year. 

"Just because a person is satisfied with their job doesn't necessarily mean they aren't looking for new work." 

"Just because a person is satisfied with their job doesn't necessarily mean they aren't looking for new work," said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. "Because of this, it's critical to keep up with your employees' needs and continue to challenge them with work they feel is meaningful."

New Year's Resolutions at Work
Aside from finding a new job, the top New Year's resolutions that workers say they're making for the office this year are:

  • Save more of my pay: 38% (vs. 42% last year)
  • Be less stressed: 28% (vs. 34% last year)
  • Get a raise or promotion: 26% (vs. 26% last year)
  • Eat healthier at work: 19% (vs. 25% last year)
  • Learn something new (take more courses, training, seminars): 17% (vs. 22% last year)

What Workers Are Looking For

When asked what factors rank as more important than salary when considering a position, employees said:

  • Job stability: 65%
  •  Affordable benefits: 59%
  •  Location: 56%
  •  Good boss: 51%
  •  Good work culture: 46%

When asked if they could choose extra perks to make their workplace more satisfying, the most popular choices workers pointed to include:

  • Half-day Fridays: 38%
  • On-site fitness center: 23%
  • Daily catered lunches: 22%
  • Massages: 18%
  • Being able to wear jeans: 16%

 

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