Another tip from Bob Snelling, CEO of ROSS-HR

The latest study by Sibson Consulting indicates that employee unrest is coming from employees not feeling a part of their company.  In part, the study blames this on cost cutting, lack of expected raises and a turnover in management which results in bosses not in tune with the needs of their employees. The report’s statistics indicate that 15% of those surveyed say they will change jobs before the year is out. 

When one considers that 3.5-4 million workers get a new job every month, if the threat of 15% going to change jobs becomes a reality, that four million figure will increase dramatically. In order to test the validity of this study and the conclusion it makes, one needs to look at the many reasons people give for changing jobs.

At the top of the list, without another equal or even close competitor, and claiming that spot for years, is the outspoken unhappiness with the boss.  Then comes a ton of reasons or excuses if you will: 

  • Didn’t get the promotion that was promised;

  • Spouse got transferred or got a new job that required a move;

  • Had a baby;

  • Found a job closer to home;

  • Graduated and started a new career based on education;  

  • Company in trouble financially and didn’t find the mate they were looking for.

Way down on the list, amazingly enough, is money.  If people like their boss and enjoy their job, they are not about to jump out of the featherbed into the frying pan just for money unless they are terribly underpaid.

So, this brings us back to the question as to why do many employees express dissatisfaction with their jobs.  The answer, and one that even has a bearing on the major reason given of a boss from H_ _ _ , is that 70% of college graduates are working at a job not in line with their area of study. What is the cause of this amazing statistic?  One that has held true over the years:  It is a lack of knowledge of job hunting - A problem that starts before they graduate when they were being picked over by the corporate recruiters. 

The goal of the job search should be to uncover a variety of jobs with a diversity of companies, get interviewed and wind up with three or four legitimate offers all good ones that would be acceptable.  Then do an in depth evaluation of the pros and cons of each in order to select the best one, the right one that meets the job seekers expectations and has the opportunity to lead to their career goals.

Sad to say, this is not what occurs. Due to a faulty and sometimes lackadaisical job search program most job seekers wind up with one job offer and then make an up or down decision… usually the wrong one for the wrong reasons. We tell our clients in order to be in that much vaunted “the right place at the right time” one must be in a lot of places all the time.

These are good people, hard working people and they try to make the best of a bad decision. They give the employer their very best. Employers like them and want to keep them or they would have let them go before this. Finally, there comes a time when they realize that this job with this company is not going to meet their career needs and desires. They then become part of the 15% who are going to change jobs in the near future.  Warning, if they don’t do a proper job search they could wind up no better off than before they changed jobs.

December, 2006


   ROSS-HR, Inc.

Rober O. Snellling, Sr., President