5 “State of the Workplace” Facts to Consider

workplaceAuthor: Lydia Dishman
Source: The Daily Muse

The world of work is changing pretty rapidly, but one thing has been pretty consistent over the past few years: Workers are feeling optimistic about their prospects. The US economy keeps adding jobs at a healthy clip, and unemployment remains at pre-Recession lows, making this a jobseekers’ market.

Here’s a look at the current state of the American workplace:

1. We’d All Like to Jump Ship

According to the latest Gallup report on the American Workplace, a record 47% of the workforce says now is a good time to find a quality job, and more than half of employees (51%) are searching for new jobs or watching for openings.

That may be due in part to lack of enthusiasm for their current job. Only one-third of US employees said they’re engaged in their work and workplace, and about one in five fault their managers for failing to motivate them.

But they also say that their employers aren’t really giving them compelling reasons to stay, with 91% reporting the last time they changed jobs, they left their company to do so.

Other top reasons workers are jumping ship, according to Glassdoor, are company culture, salary, or getting stuck in the same job for too long. On average, a 10% higher base pay is associated with a 1.5% higher chance the employee will stick around.

Just don’t look at Millennials solely as the job-hoppers. A new report from Namely, an HR management platform, analyzed data from over 125,000 employees that busted this myth. Baby boomers are most likely to switch jobs, with a median tenure of just 2.53 years.

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2. We All Want to Work in Tech (or at Disney)

Turns out that whether or not we know how to code, many of us are working toward jobs at major tech firms.

This is evidenced by LinkedIn data based on the social network’s users’ actions, including job application numbers, the number of professionals who viewed a company’s career page, and the amount of time people remained employed at each company.

The most-desired workplaces include:

  1. Alphabet (Google)
  2. Amazon
  3. Facebook
  4. Salesforce
  5. Uber
  6. Tesla
  7. Apple
  8. Time Warner
  9. Walt Disney
  10. Comcast

The reasons are consistent with Gallup’s and Glassdoor’s findings in that employees want to work for companies with excellent culture (this research was complied before Uber’s culture implosion), great salaries, benefits, and perks, and is based also on the overall size of the staff.

Related: Bet You Didn’t See This Coming: 10 Jobs That Will Be Replaced by Robots

3. We Will Be Using Our Phones Even More

We’re all on our phones all day, and now the hiring process is increasingly going mobile.

Nielsen found that texting is the most used data service in the world, with an estimated 18.7 billion texts sent worldwide every day, while a recent survey from Yello found that out of the more than 1,400 adults under 30 surveyed, 86% reported feeling positive about getting text messages during the interview period.

Related: 4 Workplace Stereotypes Millennials Like Me Thoroughly Resent



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