Survey says…most employed people want a new job

August 12, 2014

In today's job market, most health care staffing agencies or IT recruiters will tell an employed person to be glad they're working. However, ask most employed people if they like their jobs and an Indeed study showed that a whopping 86 percent said they are looking for new work outside of the field they are currently employed in.

Relocation is an option
Twenty-eight percent of workers questioned in a second Indeed survey added that they would relocate and are actively seeking work in another state. Tara Sinclair is an economist with Indeed and said the numbers are a little surprising.

"People are going after really different kinds of jobs, often totally different from the work they're doing now," she explained. "We expect to see that, as the economy improves, more job hunters will try to move into something that's closer to their 'dream job. They're exploring really different kinds of careers."

How do companies retain their employees?
In light of the recent figures the question looms. Can employers do anything to keep employees with the company? An achievable bonus package or a straight-out raise in salary could help considerably, noted Sinclair.

"As a rule, our research showed that people who are already in highly paid occupations want to stay in their current fields," Sinclair said, but they care a lot about pay. "Money isn't usually what attracts people to a job, according to our findings, but it can be very useful for retention."

Fortune Magazine, in quoting the study,  described how a flexible work schedule can also help restless or bored workers giving  them the option of working from home can increase productivity and help keep unsure workers on the team.

If businesses are large or multi-national, offering a relocation package is always a flattering way to keep an employee. Indeed found that in the United States, Texas, California and Florida are the top three states to which workers are looking to relocate. Washington, D.C., Wyoming and West Virginia are the top three markets that people are looking to leave, according to the survey.

While the number of workers seeking career or location changes for the work environment is nearly double the post World War II low of 12 percent in 2012 and 2013. Indeed's Sinclair advised employers looking to retain and recruit workers to have a competitive wage package with built-in salary hikes. Also, offer other incentive programs to help thwart complaisance in the work place and keep workers happy.