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.