Two-Thirds of U.S. Workers Open to a New Job in 2007; 90% Want Better Work/Life Balance

Nearly half of U.S. workers plan to actively search for a new job in 2007, while almost two-thirds of currently employed respondents said they may not actively seek out a new job, but that they would be open to one if the right opportunity came along, according to a new survey of 5,000 U.S. workers by Yahoo! HotJobs.

Why Workers are Leaving:

  • 75% of respondents said they did not receive the bonus or the raise they expected for their performance in 2005.
  • Over 50% of the people said they have to work on their days off at least once per month, and more than one-third said they do some aspect of work every single day.
  • 27% think they can get better salaries elsewhere.
  • 19% don't feel there is any potential for career growth in their current jobs.
  • 19% want a better benefits package.

While a high salary is important for many workers, the survey found that a significant 90% of respondents need to have a strong work/life balance and a feeling of fulfillment in order to feel like they are successful in their careers. 

Meanwhile, companies in the U.S. unexpectedly shed 40,000 jobs in December, the first decline since April 2003, compared to a gain of 158,000 jobs in November, according to an ADP Employer Services report that's based on data from 307,000 businesses with more than 14 million workers on payrolls. Economists had forecast ADP to report a 120,000 gain in private employment for the month.

Check at Yahoo! HotJobs and Assessment.com tool to gauge your job satisfaction and career progress at http://hotjobs.yahoo.com.  

About the Yahoo! HotJobs Job Satisfaction Survey: Data was collected from 5,331 employed adults in the United States using an online survey during the last two weeks of October 2006. 56% of the respondents were male and 44% were female. 

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