Professionals Are Asking for Better Compensation

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2015-07-30 Email

Two recent employee-based surveys indicate that professionals are feeling more empowered these days, and confidence about employment stability and strong job prospects is motivating many U.S. workers to ask for a raise this year. A significant number of them are also willing to leave their current job if they sense a lack of career growth opportunities or believe the leadership is weak at their current company. The two surveys, which were released by Robert Half and Randstad US, cover a variety of topics that affect employee satisfaction and career needs. A significant share said that work/life balance and a competitive salary will greatly encourage them to stay with their current companies. The majority are crosschecking their compensation with the going market rate for their position—even if just to gain an edge during negotiations. If they don't feel that any of their perceived shortcomings are being addressed by their current employer, they're happy to look for another job on social media. (Surprisingly, they're more likely to look on Facebook than on LinkedIn.) More than 1,000 U.S. office workers took part in the Robert Half research, and more than 10,875 U.S. workers or potential workers took part in the Randstad research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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