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Most US employees plan to pursue new job opps in 2014, poll reveals

A vast majority of North American employees plan to pursue new job opportunities in 2014, according to a poll by Right Management, the talent and career management experts within ManpowerGroup. Eighty-three percent of the nearly 900 workers who participated in the online poll say they intend to actively seek a new position in the New Year.

"Engagement, loyalty and job satisfaction should be top concerns for employers who want to keep their best talent," said Scott Ahlstrand, Right Management's global practice leader for employee engagement. "High employee dissatisfaction has a ripple effect that can hurt the bottom line, disrupt productivity and damage morale. Successful companies cultivate and retain top talent by building loyalty through engagement that connects employees' work contributions to concrete business outcomes."

According to the poll, only 5% of employees intend to stay in their current position, while 9% indicate they may look for new opportunities in 2014 and are networking. The latest findings are consistent with results from the last four years.

Do you plan to pursue new job opportunities in 2014?

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

Yes, I intend to actively seek a new position.

83%

86%

84%

84%

60%

Maybe, so I'm networking.

9%

8%

9%

8%

21%

Not likely, but I've updated my resume.

3%

1%

2%

3%

6%

No, I intend to stay in current position.

5%

5%

5%

5%

13%

"These numbers should signal a wake-up call for top management, when four out of five employees say they intend to look for employment elsewhere. Solutions to keeping the best talent on board all point to effective engagement that drives performance, satisfaction and loyalty. Employers must act now to engage top talent and prevent them from leaving for the competition," said Ahlstrand.

In the Human Age, employee engagement is receiving a heightened focus as employers recognize talent is the only source of sustainable competitive advantage, according to Right Management. To stay competitive in times of economic uncertainty, the company recommends employers implement strategic engagement programs that are aligned with overall workforce strategies and are part of a continuous business planning process.

Right Management's engagement solutions focus on creating a culture that increases productivity and makes employees feel valued at the same time. The company's unique approach to employee engagement surveys encompasses a holistic, expert understanding of engagement, together with deep knowledge of organizational performance. Using state-of-the-art technology, employers can track strategy execution and respond immediately to create faster time to value ultimately aligning investment dollars in employee engagement with retention and business goals.

Right Management surveyed 871 employees in the U.S. and Canada via an online poll that ran from October 16 to November 15, 2013.

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