One-fifth of employees to seek new job in 2016

More than one-fifth of employees, 21%, plan to leave their current employers in 2016, according to a survey from CareerBuilder. This is an increase from 16% in last year’s survey.

Looking at only workers between 18 and 34 years old, 30% expect to have a new job by the end of 2016, up from 23% last year.

The survey also found 34% of employees are regularly searching for job opportunities, even though they’re currently employed, up from 30% last year.

“Just because a person is satisfied with their job doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t looking for new work,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. “Because of this, it’s critical to keep up with your employees’ needs and continue to challenge them with work they feel is meaningful.”

When asked what factors rank as more important than salary when considering a position, responses included:

  • Job stability: 65%
  • Affordable benefits: 59%
  • Location: 56%
  • Good boss: 51%
  • Good work culture: 46%

When asked if they could choose extra perks to make their workplace more satisfying, the most popular choices workers pointed to include:

  • Half-day Fridays: 38%
  • On-site fitness center: 23%
  • Daily catered lunches: 22%
  • Massages: 18%
  • Being able to wear jeans: 16%

This survey was conducted online within the US by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder among 3,252 employees between Nov. 4 and Dec. 1, 2015.

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