JOBswype asked – and 4800 users answered. The newest poll initiated by the internationally active job search engine sheds light on the reasons, for which employees would change their job. Not surprisingly, amongst these the amount of the monthly pay still ranks highest. JOBswype polled users from all markets where it is active, thus showing a representative, valid pan-european image.
What reasons are good enough to make employees look for another job, even in the current climate of financial crises and general worries concerning stability of employment? The answers show these to be mainly lack of career opportunities (depending on the country, between 10%-24%), routine and boredom at work (depending on the country, between 6%-22%), as well as stress and anger (depending on the country, between 8%-19%), closely followed by conflicts with colleagues (depending on the country, between 4%-10%) and/ or superiors (depending on the country, between 3%-9%), and the perceived danger of being let go (depending on the country, between 5%-9%). The main reason, however, still is the salary. More money for the same amount of work is enticing, but the other factors seem to be quite important too, for a happy employee is less likely to look on the other side of the proverbial fence and compare. While the salary is the main reason for changing jobs in all countries, the actual number of votes expressed in each one shows a clear difference between Western and Eastern European countries – in the latter, almost half of employees (depending on the country, between 38%-51%) would leave their current job for a better paycheck. The simplest explanation: in countries with less performant economies, where salaries are generally low, these are very important to employees, while in countries, where salaries reach a higher level, other factors, such as personal fulfilment and work-life-balance are just as important. The polling results certainly support this interpretation – the percentage of votes for the factors routine and boredom and lack of career opportunities also varies between Western and Eastern Europe: in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, UK and Ireland they reach max. 22%, respectively 24%, in Eastern Europe max. 9%, respectively 15%.
The results also show the areas, where employers should improve, if they want to keep their employees happy and boost their loyalty, because, as the saying goes, “Only a happy employee is a motivated employee.” Supervisors should pay attention to both, actual and potential conflicts and deal with them in a constructive manner during employee talks or team building efforts. The workplace and the tasks should be organised in a way that encourages and supports professional development, either through company paid courses or through a climate of flat hierarchies, where each employee can work independently and responsibly and good results are rewarded with career opportunities.