Many American employees are making plans to make a move in 2017. The latest WorkSphere survey from Spherion Staffing finds the New Year's resolution list for 62 percent of American workers includes making a professional change, such as overall performance improvement, learning a new professional skill, finding a new job, negotiating a higher salary, embarking on a new career, or starting a new business.
The survey was conducted last November and found that workers who plan to start a new job or career in 2017 cite higher pay (56 percent), a desire to try something new (45 percent), and better work/life balance (44 percent) as the primary reasons.
Employees are virtually split on whether the New Year will bring improved job prospects. More than one-fourth (27 percent) of workers think that 2017 will be a better year for jobs than 2016, while only slightly fewer (24 percent) disagree. And, despite recent optimism surrounding the current economic outlook, one-third of all workers (33 percent) and nearly 40 percent of Millennials (workers ages 18-34) are more worried about the economy and its impact on their career than they were at this time last year.
"Making more money" tops the list of career-related resolutions for all workers in 2017 (28 percent). However, a salary increase isn't the only adjustment workers will consider making in the New Year. According to the survey, 40 percent of workers are interested in relocating for professional reasons, and the same is true for 62 percent of Millennials. Furthermore, 90 percent of workers who have job or career-related resolutions are interested in changing industries.
Employers should act fast if they plan to retain employees whose New Year's resolutions could result in significant turnover, as workers give themselves high marks for their ability to follow through on their resolutions. Forty-two percent of workers give themselves an "A" or "B" grade for their ability to keep New Year's resolutions, led by 62 percent of Millennials who would give themselves the same grades. In fact, the survey found that 46 percent of Millennials have made job/career-related resolutions more than once over the past five years, and 81 percent report following through.
Other findings of the study:
What Women (and Men) Want in 2017
Workers are Planning their Professional Future
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