January 4, 2018
It probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise to learn that in the annual January ‘job exodus’, junior employees under the age of 35 years are most likely to leave their current roles, according to new research. However the Qualtrics Employee Pulse – a quarterly survey of more than 4,000 workers – shows that employees that pose the greatest flight risk are most likely to be female, think about work outside of contracted hours, and regularly checking emails on weekends. Of most use to employers, utilising its Experience Management Platform, Qualtrics has identified the top three drivers that will help encourage employees to stay in their jobs in the long-term. These are supporting a work-life balance, allowing employees to try out new tasks and skills in their existing role and ensuring managers are proactive in helping to solve problems or concerns in the workplace.
The data also found that the industries that are most at risk of losing employees this January are the technology, and travel and leisure sectors, while those working in manufacturing and healthcare are the most likely to stay put.
Commenting on the findings, Sarah Marrs, Employee Experience Specialist at Qualtrics said, “The January job exodus marks the culmination of employee dissatisfaction and disengagement that culminates over the previous year. Employees have had time out to assess their careers and rethink the type of work they would ideally like to be doing.
“But businesses have 12 months to avoid the January exodus – it’s a case of understanding what really drives the employee experience and taking action to improve it. Listening to employees and acting on their feedback is key and, from our study, we know that with better managerial support, acknowledging the need for a work-life balance and allowing employees to broaden their development, companies can do a lot to hold on to their best people.”
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