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For the fourth year in a row, a large majority of workers say they intend to look for a new job, a poll of more than 700 U.S. employees done by a unit of ManpowerGroup shows.
Of those polled, 86 percent said they plan to actively look for a new position in 2013. Another 8 percent said they may do so and are already networking. Only 5 percent intend to stay in their current position. The findings have been similar the last two years.
“At a minimum, the survey findings are a sign of considerable job dissatisfaction throughout North America,” said Owen J. Sullivan, President of ManpowerGroup Specialty Brands and CEO of Right Management, a workforce consultancy inside ManpowerGroup.
“The constant drumbeat of downsizing coupled with the expectation to do more with less has put an added amount of stress on workers,” he said. “Ongoing economic uncertainty and volatility around job growth and job security have warranted the exploration of new positions. This kind of frustration may not be unusual, even in a strong job market. But the levels of discontent we’re now finding have to be without precedent.”
.He added, “With so many job boards and constant social networking, workers appear to have convinced themselves that they’re truly job hunting when all they’re doing is cruising the Internet. The Internet job boards are sort of like window shopping, something to do during a down moment. A real job search, which is a much more serious proposition, requires a deliberate and concerted effort to make a change. However, the constant access and push and pull of the Internet and job boards make it easier to shift a window shopper into a buyer.”