On Tuesday I threw out a quick five question survey that about 40 of you responded to. Here are the results:
1. How much do you enjoy your job?
- I thoroughly enjoy my job. 7.9%
- I enjoy my job very much. 28.9%
- I enjoy my job some of the time. 52.6%
- I do not enjoy my job very much. 10.5%
2. How satisfied are you with your career?
- I am very happy with the direction my career is going. 15.8%
- I am somewhat satisfied with my career. 50%
- I am not satisfied with the direction of my career. 34.2%
3. Are you or will you be looking for another job in the next three months?
- Yes 55.3%
- No 44.7%
4. If you answered yes, what are the reasons you are seeking a new job?
- Relocation. Salary.
- Distance from home, work/life balance.
- Leadership not focused. No goals. Constant change in direction of company.
- Middle-age change of direction thing. I really want a job where I can HELP people, directly. This conflicts with the need to sustain my current lifestyle/family preferences etc. Damn it’s complicated!
- Teamwork. Pay.
- Figure that I’m just doing a lot of the same old thing and want something more interesting.
- Growth, lack of concern about people at my current employer, low pay.
- I will begin looking in the next three months, but I do not plan on actually moving for 6 months. There is a conference paper I plan on presenting in February which is one of the main reasons I am staying on. Also just getting married, and having my partner move jobs does not make this the right time to move.
- Been in the same position for over 5 years with no promotion and little recognition. Not a bad job for what it is, but I have never done the same thing for more than 3 years before this one. I guess in one word it is passion. There is none here now, I need that.
- 1. Company is being bought. Do not know if my skills will be appreciated by new owners. Also, do not know if I will appreciate the new owners? 2.I am 62 years old. I want to try something new. Maybe in a non-profit?
- Bored Not empowered Not challenged Not appreciated or rewarded.
- Higher pay — no raise for the last few years in this small company. More opportunities.
- To get more satisfaction in my life. I want to work for myself.
- Ineffectual management and leadership in the company Negative stressed atmosphere Management seeking to discontinue creating software (I’m a programmer).
- My job is not challenging. Company reorganization is making it less so. I work for a small company so there is no room for movement.
- Lack of opportunity at current employer (flat hierarchy). Not feeling valued. Currently studying MBA (sponsored by company) but management unwilling to exploit this new knowledge.
- Use my education, knowledge and skills. New challenges. New opportunities. Better benefits.
5. List the top two reasons to stay in your current job.
- Proprietary knowledge, lack of motivation.
- Challenge. Current Team.
- Don´t want to interview need the $$.
- Security. Bonus soon.
- Freedom to get involved in many differing areas of the business.
- The people that are under me time that I have all ready have there.
- The people and the culture.
- Easy. Safe.
- A nice blend of responsibilities that stretch my abilities. I enjoy the people I work with and for.
- Best place to work in my area. Pays the bills better than any other place around.
- No relocation involved, it"s easy.
- Conference paper presentation in February – Family life, we need a stable income for the next 6 months.
- Money, new challenges.
- Wife is transitioning career (stability). Recently married with high debt load (safety).
- It is not a bad job and I make a comfortable living with little perception of that lifestyle being at risk.
- Enjoy mentoring. I have accomplished some good things here.
- Hard to find another job. Work with good people.
- A short commute from home don’t have to dress up or wear makeup.
- Lots of potential for training and development. Plenty of holiday time and not much pressure.
- Benefits Security.
- I’m an independent consultant and I get to choose when, where and with whom I work. (Is that one or three?) My consulting is the kind of work I want to do. (Finding the clients isn’t so fun.)
- I have an unusual disability which my current employer accommodates. This will make it difficult but not impossible to get a new job. I will lose my seniority. I can build it up again.
- Sponsorship of MBA overall strategy and vision is good, even if actual delivery is weak.
- Unique challenges every day and rapidly changing global dynamics that will make it more interesting in the future.
- Money. Sense of achievement.
- Close to home.
- 1.Difficulty to find something fulfilling with a descent salary. 2.Good salary.
- Travel. Security.
- Pays the bills.
- New program with new position on the horizon will at minimum be a resume booster for the jump out. At least the people I work with aren’t so bad.
- 1. Provides me with interesting problems, customers and projects. 2. I get a lot of responsibility and trust given my age/experience.
Thanks to everyone who participated. I realize this is a small sample number and I am in no way suggesting this is scientific. It is food for thought.
It is interesting to see the various reasons and the interplay between intrinsic and extrinsic rewards. It seems as though needs of security are more often the reason people stay. Makes sense from an individual perspective but it is a scary thought thinking of it from an HR perspective. Low turnover is only good if people are staying and staying engaged. One of the potential downsides of being the employer of choice in terms of pay and benefits is that people may not leave when it is clearly time they move on. I am not suggesting you lower your pay and benefits, mind you, but we do need to ensure that we give people better reasons to stay.
I also find the "middle-age change" comment interesting. There are several reports that say that baby boomers are seeking meaningful experiences in drives. This is part of the middle management drain many organizations are seeing. The younger generation does not seem to be as interested in middle management. The cure? Change middle management! It needs to change anyway.
That said, I can totally relate to the middle-aged change thing….I feel it myself and this has fueled many of my decisions over the last two years. And I would like to thank all my blog readers because you help me stay young, current, and hip! 🙂