Professionals Are Enjoying Job Stability

By Dennis McCafferty
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    56% of workers said the likelihood of staying with their current employer for at least five years is very good or excellent, up from 49% in 2009.

Employees are less inclined to go job hopping than they were five years ago, according to a recent survey from Spherion Staffing Services. Much of this can be attributed to the economy. During the recession, workers grew accustomed to marketing themselves to potential employers because of the fleeting job security, according to the company. With the economy bouncing back, however, professionals don't feel as much pressure to shop themselves around due to a layoff—or fear of a pending one. "Workers have had a taste of job stability, and they like it," said Sandy Mazur, division president at Spherion. It doesn't hurt, of course, that employees generally express high satisfaction levels with their bosses. (Albeit, results are so-so when it comes to the job itself.) The findings also reflect hiring companies' concerns about recruitment capabilities: Nearly two-thirds of HR managers reported that they are worried about today's talent shortage, compared with just over two-out-of-five HR managers who felt that way in 2009. More than 2,000 workers and 230 HR managers took part in the research, which was conducted by Harris Poll.

This article was originally published on 2014-08-01
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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