Part of the HR job description is keeping workers motivated, engaged and preventing them from jumping ship. So how come a substantial group of HR pros are currently looking for greener pastures themselves?
Specifically, 27% of HR pros are looking to jump ship and hope to have a new job in place by next year, according to new survey by Harvey Nash, a recruiting and consulting firm, that polled more than 1,200 HR pros.
On top of being alarmingly high, the percentage of HR staffers looking for new jobs is up 4% from the previous year’s survey.
Even more alarming: More than half (57%) of HR pros plan on changing jobs within the next two years.
The satisfaction issue
The survey also asked participants how satisfied they were with their jobs and found:
- 32% of HR pros are very satisfied
- 49% are quite satisfied, and
- 20% are not very/not-at-all satisfied.
It’s also worth noting that the not very/not-at-all satisfied group of workers jumped up five percentage points from the previous year’s study.
No love from the C-Suite
So what’s wrong in HR? Part of the problem lies in execs’ perception of the overall value of HR. There has always been a healthy amount of skepticism from the C-Suite about the overall importance of HR.
And, according to a Harvey Nash exec, the role of HR has only become less crucial in execs’ eyes since the economy has started to improve. Now, firms are more focused on Sales and Marketing departments as well as company growth.
Because of factors like these, it’s easy to see why a significant number of HR pros want to go somewhere their talents will be more appreciated.