Why Employees Feel Empowered in Their Career

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2016-09-23 Email

A majority of employees surveyed are open to leaving their current company, and a significant number are already looking for new work, according to a recent survey from Aon Hewitt. The resulting "2016 Workforce Mindset Study" reports that today's professionals feel empowered and ready to take control of their career. Most think of themselves as leaders, and many are very confident that they'll receive multiple promotions during the next five years. To stay on track, they seek regular goal-setting sessions with their managers, along with performance assessments that weigh qualitative measurements over quantitative. In exchange for delivering on expectations, these professionals want compensation that matches their contributions, along with a fun and flexible working environment. "With historically low levels of unemployment and somewhat stagnant wage gains, valuable talent is demanding increasingly more from employers," according to the report. "If employers expect to attract new employees while retaining critical talent, they must provide an experience that meets or exceeds employees' expectations and desires. Perhaps more importantly, they need to distinguish their experience from that of other employers." More than 2,000 U.S. employees took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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