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.