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Why Your Satisfied Workers May Be Looking For a New Job by @HRTMExec

You’re doing everything you can to create an environment in which your employees are engaged and happy. Despite your best efforts, some of your workers may be looking for a new job this year. According to an online CreditDonkey survey of 905 American workers, 66% of employees are satisfied with their current job, yet 44% plan to look for a new job in 2015.

Among the surveyed workers:

68%

Are satisfied with their job

74%

Say their job is secure

72%

View their job as interesting

66%

Say their job is meaningful

Among workers who are looking for a new job in 2015:

37%

Are satisfied with their job

58%

Say their job is secure

54%

View their job as interesting

48%

Say their job is meaningful

Poor relationships with the boss and coworkers are often cited as reasons employees want to change jobs. However, according to the survey:

92%

Like their boss

95%

Like their coworkers

Job seekers by gender:

46%

Male

42%

Female

What’s fueling the desire to leave? Is it optimism regarding the economy, the desire to make more money, or just the belief that the grass is always greener on the other side?

An Accountemps survey revealed that some employees engage in job hopping, or moving to a different job every few years. These workers believe that job hopping can be beneficial to their careers, especially since this practice is starting to lose its stigma. Job hoppers usually change jobs to earn more money or to gain new skills.

According to Suzanne Lucas, who is better known as The Evil HR Lady, there are various other reasons satisfied workers would look for new jobs.  “Satisfied is the bare minimum. If your employees are satisfied, they are still looking for thrilled.

So what would thrill them? “Better hours, a shorter commute, more money, different responsibilities, a promotion, something more fulfilling – any of that is possible,” says Lucas.

More men than women are looking for new jobs, but Lucas says that’s to be expected.

“Men are generally more ambitious when it comes to careers. They are more willing to take risks and every new job is a new risk.”

However, she notes that with risks come rewards. “This is one of the reasons men make more money than women do.”

There’s more than one way to interpret the survey. While your employees may consider leaving your company for greener pastures, it’s possible that there are also workers who are thinking about leaving their company to come and work for your organization.

So how can HR help their companies attract these workers while keeping the employees they already have?

The Evil HR Lady has a short, simple response, “Keep salaries competitive. Have stellar, responsive management. Offer flexibility and growth.”

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