Employee Stagnation Could Lead to Migration: Frustration Contributes to Longing for New Work
McKeown, Eileen, Talent Development
Employees who struggle to feel challenged by their employers with exciting new opportunities for growth and development are poised for departure as the economy rebounds.
According to Development Dimensions International (DDI), which conducted a "Pulse of the Workforce" survey with input from 1,000 employed U.S. workers across industries and throughout the United States, more than half of respondents said their jobs were stagnant. Among the stagnant workers, half of them stated that they plan to look for another job when the economy improves. These employees are also more than twice as likely as other workers to move to another company if given the opportunity.
Today's "stagnated" workers are finding that their employers cannot or will not afford them the ability to learn new skills and offer them slim hopes of advancing in the organization through promotion. Thirty-two percent of those who said their jobs were stagnant cited no opportunity to advance as a major reason for their dissatisfaction. With little help from the slumping economy and continued layoffs, employee workloads have increased, adding more responsibility, with fewer available resources to tackle assignments.
"The economy has forced organizations to focus on profits and the bottom line, but this data tells us they've forgotten about the importance of also focusing on their people. …