Goodbye, 2015. It’s time to start fresh and resolve to do all the things we failed to do over the past year: Lose weight, quit smoking, say the correct name at the end of the Miss Universe pageant, etc.
For many Americans, “Get a new job” is on top of that list of resolutions. According to a new survey from CareerBuilder, 21 percent of workers plan to leave their current employers in 2016, a 5-point increase since last year. That number almost doubles (39 percent) when looking solely at workers ages 18 to 34 – which is even more significant when you realize only 23 percent said the same last year.
As if it’s not enough of a blow to learn your employees are looking for new jobs behind your back, more than a third of them (34 percent) are doing so while at work.
Why the Urgency?
One of the reasons workers are feeling the lure of another job could be increased confidence in light of a stronger hiring environment. After all, hiring this past quarter was projected to be its most robust since 2006, according to another CareerBuilder survey, with 34 percent of employers planning to hire full-time, permanent staff between October and December.
The fact that workers are looking for new opportunities doesn’t necessarily mean they are dissatisfied in their jobs, however. According to Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder, they may just be ready for a change or in need of a new challenge.
“It’s critical to keep up with your employees’ needs and continue to challenge them with work they feel is meaningful,” Haefner said.
Holding On to Top Talent
If you’re worried about retaining workers in the coming year, there’s hope. The survey also offered insight into how employers could improve their employees’ work life and as a result, entice workers to stay. When asked if they could choose extra perks to make their workplace more satisfying, workers cited the following benefits:
- Half-day Fridays: 38 percent
- On-site fitness center: 23 percent
- Daily catered lunches: 22 percent
- Massages: 18 percent
- Being allowed to wear jeans: 16 percent
While it may not be possible to offer daily catered lunches or massages on the reg, the lesson here is to listen to your employees. Are you checking in regularly to understand your workers’ wants and needs? Do you have an open door policy that makes it easy for employees to voice their concerns? Are you implementing change where it’s needed? Consider making a resolution to pay more attention to your employees this year. You may be surprised by what you learn.
What Workers Are Looking For
If, on the other hand, your New Year’s resolution is to attract and hire more workers this year, the survey also asked workers what they want in a new job. While it’s easy to assume it takes a big paycheck to lure top talent, the following factors were considered more important than salary for workers considering a new position.
- Job stability: 65 percent
- Affordable benefits: 59 percent
- Location: 56 percent
- Good boss: 51 percent
- Good work culture: 46 percent
Keep these benefits in mind when posting jobs or discussing new opportunities with potential employees.
- Stress, for instance, your company’s strong culture and what makes it unique.
- Be sure to highlight your benefits and why employees love working there.
- If there are opportunities for career advancement and long-term potential, mention that as well.
The hiring environment can be competitive, so it’s important to know your strengths as a company when trying to attract in-demand candidates.