More employees plan to land a new job in the new year, according to survey

Job stability and affordable benefits rank higher than salary when considering a position

Posted December 31, 2015

As midnight approaches on the 31st and the final minutes of 2015 tick away, more than one in five employees (21 percent) are pledging to leave their current employers in 2016, a 5 percent increase since last year (16 percent), according to a CareerBuilder survey.

Among younger workers, the numbers are starker. Three in 10 employees ages 18 to 34 (30 percent) expect to have a new job by the end of 2016, compared to 23 percent last year. To keep their resolution to find a new job, 34 percent of employees are regularly searching for job opportunities, even though they’re currently employed — a four point increase since last year (30 percent).

“Just because a person is satisfied with their job doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t looking for new work,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. “Because of this, it’s critical to keep up with your employees’ needs and continue to challenge them with work they feel is meaningful.”

New Year’s resolutions at work

Aside from finding a new job, the top New Year’s resolutions that workers say they’re making for the office this year are:

  • Save more of my pay: 38 percent (vs. 42 percent last year)
  • Be less stressed: 28 percent (vs. 34 percent last year)
  • Get a raise or promotion: 26 percent (vs. 26 percent last year)
  • Eat healthier at work: 19 percent (vs. 25 percent last year)
  • Learn something new (take more courses, training, seminars): 17 percent (vs. 22 percent last year)

Looking back, workers had the same top five resolutions for 2015, and while not all of their goals were met, here’s what was accomplished:

  • Eat healthier at work: 13 percent
  • Be less stressed: 12 percent
  • Save more of my pay: 11 percent
  • Learn something new (take more courses, training, seminars): 9 percent
  • Perform better on the job: 8 percent

What are workers looking for?

When asked what factors rank as more important than salary when considering a position, employees said:

  • Job stability: 65 percent
  • Affordable benefits: 59 percent
  • Location: 56 percent
  • Good boss: 51 percent
  • Good work culture: 46 percent

When asked if they could choose extra perks to make their workplace more satisfying, the most popular choices workers pointed to include:

  • Half-day Fridays: 38 percent
  • On-site fitness center: 23 percent
  • Daily catered lunches: 22 percent
  • Massages: 18 percent
  • Being able to wear jeans: 16 percent

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