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Poll results: Nearly half of respondents say they would be gone from current job in a year

If they had the choice, nearly half of our poll respondents said they would not be in their current jobs a year from now.

Some corporations had better start getting their acts together if they want to retain their talent. These are the corporations who have been taking advantage of the current craptastic economic environment to get and retain employees at smaller salaries and with less-than-ideal work environments.

In a recent poll I asked if you had the choice, would you be in your current job a year from now. Nearly 1,300 people responded to the poll, with 46 percent of the respondents saying "No way." Those who said that yes, they would probably still be there numbered 32 percent, and those who said they would definitely be there numbered 20 percent.

With nearly half of the respondents pretty much saying that they're just waiting on the opportunity to leave, corporations should take note. Leaders, do you think your employees are happy?

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13 comments
jasondlnd
jasondlnd

In this economy, just having a job at all is a blessing...those that find themselves out of work nowadays often have a lot more trouble finding another job then they did in the past. There has been a hiring freeze for the past 2 years in my workplace. Consequently, pay rates have also been frozen; there have been no raises in 2 years. Thankfully, I have not been laid off and my bosses treat me well. Would I leave my job for something better at higher pay? I'm sure that everyone asked that question would emphatically answer "YES". Unfortunately, in this economy, THAT OPTION DOES NOT EXIST. The real solution is this: If you have a job, be happy with the fact that you have one. At the end of the day, having the bills paid and your needs met far outweigh being homeless and being deep in debt. And, for the record, I do like my job...it allows me to use my skills and talents, which are just as valuable to me as being able to pay the bills.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Does that Pay Freeze also apply to the CEO/Board of Directors and Senior Management? If it does what's been done with their Bonuses? Col

WanderMouse
WanderMouse

When I was in the role of a COO of a small company, buying out two senior partners and trying to replace with one for 6-12 months and then hiring a second, if possible, my legal "staff" presented me with alternative such as freezing employee 401(k) contributions, reducing health care benefits, etc., to minimize short-term income reduction for remaining partners, at the expense of employees, especially as we had the best salary/benefit packages among all similar businesses in our area (and were resented for it for the pressure it put on them to improve THEIR employee packages). I said NO WAY- we have the best employees in the area, we have zero turnover, and we ourselves will take the cuts over the short term to retain this vital infrastructure. If you can find a firm with such a management philosophy, move to it when and if the economy improves. If you're already in such a firm, count yourselves lucky! (BTW, business improved to the point where our own profits TRIPLED within a year! If you're in a company where top-level and middle management are not sharing equally in the pain of the economy, endure it for now, until you can find a position with such a company. Otherwise, you're a cog in a machine that will be replaced when it can improve the boss's/management's own "take", no matter how valuable your contribution or how well you perform your job.

W.E.
W.E.

That good infrastructure is what will keep the company STABLE and able to grow. Corporate America has used the economy downturn to turn down the economy and make better profits. So many people that don't make a living wage, and the company wondering why their products don't sell when they pay their people wages that wouldn't allow them to buy their (or the other guys) products. A friend was a plant manager making an OK $23 per hour, After 2 down sizing's and company sale, he is now doing the same thing for $14. I was in management, and the people under me were shown respect, got a pat on the head now and then, sometimes a raise that was not even asked for but performance based (and sometimes a kick in the pants for lack of performance or poor decisions ;-) and if I called them on Sunday late when something had blown up, they answered the phone. That respect didn't cost a dime.

maclovin
maclovin

C'mon now! XD Of course, that's not "his/her place" to worry about that!

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

When the Senior Management say [b]Times is Tough[/b] we are instigating a pay freeze which applies to everyone except them. Even the Bonus is no longer Performance Based it's just an excuse to give away companies profits to those who didn't earn them. Col

kathybacon
kathybacon

I've worked without a pay raise for two years given the economic climate. When I had my last review my manager sheepishly mentioned that salaries were frozen for another year. Although I understood the reasoning, I approached him about an extra week of vacation. At this point in my career I prefer time over money as I have family abroad and would like spend time with them. I understand next year I will receive another week as I approach the five year mark with this employer. This will give me five weeks of vacation that I can spend with my family in England and Europe.

timtucker
timtucker

I am not surprised by the poll results. Employers are taking advantage of employees, because of the job market. I left a job last year, because the employer thought I should be happy to have a job, regardless of how I was treated. For the tide to turn, do we need to escape from the recession? Or what is going to trigger a change?

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

Just like anything, supply and demand. Right now, employers can hire overqualified people for low pay. What they should understand, and most likely most do, is RETAINING that employee in a year will be near impossible. I work F/T but have been interviewing with others since day one, actually I never stop looking, no matter where I work or how much I get paid, my door is always open to offers. I'm always looking for that key opportunity, where I can get a larger salary increase, fewer hours and less work. (yeah I know but isn't that what we all honestly want?) I didn't take a loss coming here, in fact it was about 5% more than my last role, but still not enough for me. With call backs and a contract I just sent out, I should be there in a few more weeks. Then the process continues, onward and upward. Right now, the work economy is just like finding work through a recruiter though. Overqualified, low pay, last one year. The recruiter gets a cut of first years salary, which the employee loses out on, and they leave in one year. The employer LOVES the fact that the recruiter brought him such a qualified candidate and hire them to do the same again, another 12 months income for the recruiter. Recruiters win, employee and employers lose..yet recruiters are becoming SO popular because most businesses are just completely out of touch with the recruiting scam. It's a good racket but a racket at that.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

The position is in Pittsburgh, PA, but will report to IT Services 'Director-level' in Australia. Responsibilities include supervising a staff of six (one in SC), coordinating with 'in house' Infrastructure team (who report individually to the same Aussie) and with company HQ and IT in Italy. Contact Ansaldo STS USA at (412) 688-2400. Sorry, but I can't find any detailed job description or posting. PTBs, I apologize if this is considered spam. Feel free to stomp on it.

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

You are a regular peer passing on a job offer that you know is relevant and available. I don't think you personally stand to gain from filling the role either. I'd say such posts should be welcomed and encouraged. Well done! Spammer/Troll you are not.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

With the only comment that because I'm in Au it may be considered that I'm you Boss and have put you up to this. :^0 But as I have no connection other than TR with you I don't see a problem with posting this here. ;) Col

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