Tuesday, 16 February 2016 06:46

1 in 9 American Professionals Will Change Jobs in 2016

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As the New Year is well under way, Americans are making strides to make their resolutions a reality, and it turns out that many plan on changing jobs in 2016. Of the working Americans who report that they will definitely change jobs, 50% are Millennials. The findings are part of the “2016 Industry & Productivity Perspectives Report” from business operating system Bolste, which commissioned accredited research firm YouGov to poll the views of a representative sample of 2,766 American adults.

Key findings from the 2016 Industry & Productivity Perspectives Report include:

>> 28% of working adults will contemplate changing jobs in 2016, with 15% speculatively looking for new opportunities.

>> 26% of working Americans are unhappy, unmotivated, not stimulated, bored and stifled, or indifferent with their current job.

>> American employees most commonly feel their employers don’t value their ideas (20%) and independent working skills (21%).

>> 22% of working professionals say half or more of the work emails they receive are irrelevant to them.

“Employee turnover is a huge strain on businesses and workers alike so it’s important to address the issue of workplace dissatisfaction. To remain competitive on the world stage, American business leaders need a way to evaluate their employees’ ideas, give proper feedback and equip their teams with tools and skills to manage projects efficiently,” says Leif Hartwig, CEO of Bolste.

Distracting Email

Email has been the default means of workplace communication for several decades, but overflowing inboxes are a cause of frustration for employees. More than one-fifth of working professionals say half or more of the work emails they receive are irrelevant to them. Additionally, 11% say as much as 75% or more of their inbox is filled with irrelevant emails. The problem with email is especially visible for those who work in the education sector, as 35% report that half or more of email received is irrelevant.

While face time is an important aspect of business and work, 14% of American workers feel that new employees at their company are faced with many pointless meetings to get them up to speed. Meanwhile, 21% say that their employers provide a cookie-cutter type manual for new employees, with 22% reporting that new hires are left to figure out things on their own.

 “We’re seeing a trend away from email and outdated, time-consuming workplace technology for technology’s sake. We will see more software built around helping professionals seamlessly collaborate and ultimately do their jobs better,” adds Hartwig. “Businesses have to respond to workplace shifts and be more flexible to meet the specific needs of their most valuable assets—their employees.”

—More info: www.bolste.com


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