Since 2014 over 12,000 people have told us what they think and feel about work in our annual job exodus survey.
We’ve heard when people are on the move, and we’ve heard what it is that makes people stay in their organisations, as well as what it is we need to be doing to make work better.
This year you’ve told us that more than half of you will be looking for a new job in 2020 and 24% are unhappy at work, a 10% increase on last year,14%
We’ve been doing job exodus research since 2014. I’m always excited to get this research back and hear directly from people about what’s working, what’s not and what would make work better.
Hearing what people want at the beginning of the year lets us set the scene for what we want beyond what we’ve got.
It’s the same thing I hear from people I talk to everywhere from conference tables to dinner tables. People need more out of work than they’re getting. They are telling us they’re enjoying the work they do but that they’re still looking for a new job, because something is missing.
And 6 years into this research and we’re still hearing that people want to be told ‘thank you’.
We’re working with our community to share examples of how companies are getting it right, sharing blogs and articles. Last year we launched our free platform, Jumpstart, so that smaller or newer companies can make sure they’re putting their people and culture front and centre as they grow.
With so many people unhappy at work, it’s not surprising that you’re taking that stress home with you. I know I did in 2019.
We often talk about a ‘top-down approach’ and needing senior team members to get involved in wellbeing programmes. Really, we’re asking the people with the most power to use their power to show their vulnerability and take the time to care for their own health. Because that gives the rest of us permission to do the same.
We all need to be concerned for ourselves and the people we work with. As managers and leaders, we need to consider workloads and listen when we’re told that being valued, flexibility and a good work-life balance are all things that people need from their work.
The results from this research give us the opportunity and permission to turn to our colleagues, ask what they need and speak up and saying what we need for ourselves.
Together we can make work better!
Paul Devoy, CEO Investors in People
We’re 10% less happy at work than we were last year.
That means that in 2020, 1 in 4 people are unhappy at work. 2 in 3 people feel like work stress follows them home and we’re losing sleep as a result.
And it’s not only at the end of the workday that we’re stressed. With 3 out of 4 people saying they get the Sunday night blues, it shouldn’t be a surprise that 1 in 2 of us are looking for a new job this year and that 1 in 5 feel that work is negatively impacting our health.
And when we’re looking for a new job, while a pay rise is important, 2 in 3 of us are looking for a better work life balance and 1 in 5 are looking for friendly colleagues.
And employers can make make their people happier and make work better by improving flexibility, which nearly 1 in 3 people told us was a priority at work.