Dissatisfied Workers Plan Exit Strategies

By Dennis McCafferty
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    25% of full-time IT employees surveyed plan to change jobs in 2014, up from 15% last year.

Question: What do you get when you combine rising job dissatisfaction among technology professionals with an improving economy? Answer: A potential mass migration of IT employees. Significantly more tech workers plan to change jobs this year, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder and Sologig.com. The report reveals that a diminishing sense of employee engagement is contributing greatly to this trend, which is exacerbated by the fact that many IT pros are being recruited by outside companies without even applying for jobs there. "Retention of IT workers is a perennial challenge for many companies, but 2014 could be a particularly active year for turnover," warns Eric Presley, chief technology officer of CareerBuilder. "In one sense, this is good news for the tech job market. When workers sense they have options, it's a sign that job demand is healthy and wages are on the rise. On the other hand, employers will have to focus more on incentivizing their best tech talent by providing advancement or development opportunities and a workplace culture that suits their needs." What are the best incentives to offer? Think more in terms of corporate culture, career advancement and work/life balance rather than a fat paycheck, according to findings. Nearly 200 full-time tech employees took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2014-02-27
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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