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Workers Want New Job in 2014, Poll Says

November 19, 2013

Staff Reports--HispanicBusiness.com

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Workers have a New Year's resolution: Find a new job.

In an online poll done by Right Management, 83 percent of workers said they are going to work hard at landing a new gig in 2014.

"These numbers should signal a wake-up call for top management, when four out of five employees say they intend to look for employment elsewhere," said Scott Ahlstrand, Right Management's leader for employee engagement, in a press release. "Employers must act now to engage top talent and prevent them from leaving for the competition."

Nearly 900 workers from the U.S. and Canada participated in the online poll and the results were released on Tuesday. The survey shows that just 8 percent of the workers don't want to change jobs in the coming year.

The good news for employers is that this year's poll results are actually better than 2012. Last year 86 percent of workers were actively seeking new jobs. Overall the percentage of workers looking for a new position has remained steady since 2010, according to the career advisory firm.

Wanting a new job and finding one is a different story. Employers have been slow to replace workers who leave and are reluctant to add new staff until the economy improves.

Ahlstrand said that's why companies need to work hard to retain top talent to maintain a competitive advantage.

"Engagement, loyalty and job satisfaction should be top concerns for employers who want to keep their best talent," Ahlstrand said. "High employee dissatisfaction has a ripple effect that can hurt the bottom line, disrupt productivity and damage morale."

The survey was conducted via an online poll conducted between October 16 and November 15.

Source: HispanicBusiness.com (c) 2013. All rights reserved.

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