Job Exodus 2019

In 2019 nearly half of all workers will look for a new job. Our data shows that paying your people more isn’t the best way to retain valuable team members. 

We were struck by how many people were seeking out security, walking away from stress and looking for work that’s enjoyable and really uses their skills. 

As well as what’s driving people to look for a new job, we gathered data about the future of work, health & wellbeing, trust & happiness in the workplace .

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Job Exodus

This year, nearly half of UK workers will be looking for a new job, showing a downward trend over the last three years. However, with half the workforce job-seeking and simultaneously wanting job security, there’s a conflicting message.

Why would people leave their jobs to seek security? People are telling us they’re leaving jobs because they don’t trust their leaders and that they’re too stressed at work and need a better a worklife balance. Despite a decade or more of research looking at the economic benefits of happiness, it’s frustrating that all too often, wellbeing at work focuses on reducing stress not increasing happiness. 

Yet we know that humans want to be engaged in meaningful relationships, feel valued and useful. And that in this environment people are both happier and more productive. Empirical analysis and experience have shown that increasing happiness has anything from a 12% to 14% *effect on productivity. Some estimate that for every £1 that an organisation invests in mental wellbeing support, they can expect £9 return on investment.** If organisations are to attract and retain talent, then leaders need to respond to this area of employee experience and increase the happiness of their people.