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Are workers getting bolder about looking for greener pastures?

There’s new evidence that HR pros will be wrestling with an increasingly assertive workforce in 2015.  

According to a recent poll from Saba, provider of cloud-based talent management services, 36% of employees nationally are looking for a new job. Their biggest motivation for jumping ship?  Finding career growth opportunities.

Some other results of the survey:

  • 32% of U.S. adults (employed and unemployed) are currently looking for a new job; on average, those employed and looking for a new job would like to leave their jobs within seven months (from December,  when the survey was conducted).
  • 44% of employees on the manager/supervisor level are looking for a new job, which could compound the anticipated job gap created by retiring baby boomers.
  • 45% of employees aged 25-34 are looking as well.
  • 59% of those who are looking for a new job have been in their current roles less than five years – and here’s the rub: Employees who have less than five years in their current job make up nearly half (47%) of employed workers.

The survey also offers some guidance employers might find helpful:

  • 90% of those employed full-time/part-time want to drive their own career path.
  • 55% of those employed full-time/part-time expect their company to play an active role in their individual career options; 60% of male employees expect this, vs. 49% of female employees.
  • 38% of full-time, part-time and self-employed Millennials are looking for a job with more meaning.
  • Entry level folks are twice as likely as managers/supervisors (43% vs. 21%) to want roles with more meaning.
  • 68% of full-time and part-time employees feel they are already leaders based on participation in the business (73% men, 60% women) , with managers more likely being in agreement with this statement than entry level or individual contributors by 30% (85% v 55%, respectively).

Saba’s online survey, which was conducted by Harris Poll, canvassed over 2,000 U.S. adults 18 and over.

Looks like a busy year

As you may recall, a recent HRMorning story indicated that more than two in five (43%) employees said they report expected a pay raise in the next 12 months  — and if they didn’t get it, 35% said they’d walk.

And nearly half (48%) of employees (including the self-employed) said they’re confident they can find a job matching their current experience and compensation levels in the first half of 2015.

Add to those stats the results of the Saba survey, and it appears HR will have a lot on its plate in the coming year.

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  1. I think the tide has turned and while people are still careful about not shooting themselves in the foot, they are less scared about losing the job they do have and instead are going for the job they want. The market is now no longer run by the employers and the employees are no longer willing to take whatever they are given and be okay with it.

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