27% of workers change jobs each year with 'me-focused' mindset

Dive Brief:

  • ADP studies show that 27% of employees change jobs each year, 17% are actively job-hunting and 46% are passively looking. ADP published the results in its reports Evolution of Work 2.0: The Me vs. We Mindset and Fixing the Talent Management Disconnect: Employer Perception vs. Employee Reality in the U.S. Midsized Market.
  • With the number employees changing jobs, actively job-hunting and passively looking, employers could see half their employees leave.
  • The surveys also show that employees tend to focus on their work environment, their job’s meaning and immediate job advancement opportunities. ADP contrasts employees’ “me-focused” attitude against their employer’s, which ADP describes as “us-focused." Employers tend to take a big-picture attitude that looks at the organization’s financial performance and reputation and employees’ long-term career projections

Dive Insight:

Employers might be underestimating workers’ willingness to change jobs. Other studies have shown results similar to ADP’s studies. ADP correctly recommends that employers tackle the “me” versus “us” problem head on if they want to retain the workers they hire by ensuring strong internal development programs and clear lines to promotion. Employers can conduct internal surveys before workers leave to uncover problems and develop retention strategies, if possible.

The stigma of job-hopping isn’t as great as it once was, which might be a major reason employees are so willing to leave their current employer for opportunities elsewhere.

Stress is another cause of employees leaving their jobs or even their careers. Employers must spot stressed out workers and offer help without diagnosing their problems. A variety of wellness programs have emerged to try and ease "presenteeism," or employees at work who aren't productive thanks to health or stress issues.


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