Do Your Workers Feel Trapped?

Workers continue to feel trapped in their jobs and want to find new employment elsewhere, according to a new poll of more than 1,000 employees in North America by Right Management, a talent and career management expert.

Eighty-four percent of the employees polled said they plan to look for a new position in 2012, reflecting the very same level of discontent in the workplace as in 2011. Like last year, only 5 percent said they intend to remain in their current position.

“The survey findings reflect a lot of employee dissatisfaction across North America,” says Right Management executive vice president Bram Lowsky. “Employees are restless and feel they are lacking in options. The prolonged period of economic uncertainty has meant much less job mobility than usual, and employees understandably believe they have fewer career opportunities, either internally or via a new position.

Addressing the distrust may certainly be difficult in a down economy, conceded Lowsky.

But like elected public officials, senior management needs to show they’re up to the challenge of renewed growth and developing a sound strategy moving forward. In the meantime, when the job market picks up many employees are sure to make their move, and employers should expect to lose some top contributors. Top management can’t hope these challenges will go away on their own.

Lowksy suggested that management identify star performers and have constructive career discussions with them: “These kinds of people always have career options. It’s your job to know who they are, to let them know you know who they are and to tune in to their individual motivators in order to hold onto them.”

Right Management surveyed 1,077 employees in the U.S. and Canada via an online poll that ran from October 15 to November 15, 2011.

Workers continue to feel trapped in their jobs and want to find new employment elsewhere, according to a new poll of more than 1,000 employees in North America by Right Management, a talent and career management expert.

Eighty-four percent of the employees polled said they plan to look for a new position in 2012, reflecting the very same level of discontent in the workplace as in 2011. Like last year, only 5 percent said they intend to remain in their current position.

“The survey findings reflect a lot of employee dissatisfaction across North America,” says Right Management executive vice president Bram Lowsky. “Employees are restless and feel they are lacking in options. The prolonged period of economic uncertainty has meant much less job mobility than usual, and employees understandably believe they have fewer career opportunities, either internally or via a new position.

Addressing the distrust may certainly be difficult in a down economy, conceded Lowsky.

But like elected public officials, senior management needs to show they’re up to the challenge of renewed growth and developing a sound strategy moving forward. In the meantime, when the job market picks up many employees are sure to make their move, and employers should expect to lose some top contributors. Top management can’t hope these challenges will go away on their own.

Lowksy suggested that management identify star performers and have constructive career discussions with them: “These kinds of people always have career options. It’s your job to know who they are, to let them know you know who they are and to tune in to their individual motivators in order to hold onto them.”

Right Management surveyed 1,077 employees in the U.S. and Canada via an online poll that ran from October 15 to November 15, 2011.

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