BERKELEY, Calif. — What’s fueling America’s “Great Resignation”? A new poll suggests that many workers simply aren’t happy where they’re currently working. Moreover, nearly as many employees say their current workplace is toxic and they can’t trust the people they work for.
In the survey, commissioned by ARRIS Composites, 74 percent of respondents report being happy with their jobs. Of those, women are slightly unhappier than men with their current roles (27%) when compared to the 24 percent of men who are displeased with their job.
Overall, more than one in four Americans say they’re currently on the search for a new job. This recent rise in people leaving jobs, dubbed “The Great Resignation,” is still in full throttle. In fact, if they haven’t started yet, 40 percent say they are planning to start exploring other options in 2023.
While another job may have more attractive benefits, one reason people are considering leaving is how their current job makes them feel. Thirty percent of participants say they don’t feel valued where they are currently employed. Again, this number is slightly higher among women (33%) compared to 25 percent of men who feel similarly.
What do people look for in a workplace?
It’s up to employers to create an appealing workplace for those looking to change pace. Sixty-nine percent of the people surveyed reveal they have worked in a toxic workplace, while one in five are currently working in one. It makes sense then why 73 percent say they would perform better at a company that prioritizes company culture.
Moving forward, the most important thing 62 percent of respondents want is more competitive salaries in 2023. Similarly, 29 percent hope for more upward mobility and promotion opportunities and 28 percent favor paid time off and vacation benefits. Health insurance and benefits like 401K plans are also high on the list of valued company perks.
With the skyrocketing popularity of remote work over the past few years, 47 percent of American workers say they’ll only be open to jobs with work-from-home options. Two in three respondents (69%) have set a stricter emphasis on work/life balance compared to two years ago.
Working remotely is not only appealing to employees, but it can also be a strategic change for companies. A new study suggests that remote work doesn’t lower productivity and may even foster greater companywide resilience.
Another trend seen in the survey was distrust between employees and their higher-ups. In fact, 34 percent of participants say they don’t trust their HR representative, and one in three don’t feel comfortable going to their manager with workplace issues.
In October 2022, a survey was conducted with 1,002 full-time workers from across the U.S. The average age was 38-years-old with 49% identifying as male, 49% as female, and 2% as non-binary or transgender.