This year, many people will be closely following the mantra, “New year, new job.”
In fact, a new report by CareerBuilder found 21% of employees are pledging to leave their current employers in 2016. This figure is a 5% increase since last year (16%).
Among younger workers however, the numbers are starker.
Three in 10 employees ages 18 to 34 (30%) said 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 (30%).
The national survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder from November 4 to December 1, 2015, and included a representative sample of 3,252 workers across industries.
“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
Thankfully, the survey also delved into what staff could do to avoid retention rates of their companies from taking a hit.
When asked what factors rank as more important than salary when considering a position, employees said job stability is the most important (65%), followed by affordable benefits at 59%.
Location came in next at 56%, while good boss (51%) and good work culture (46%) made up the top five.