So much for job loyalty. According to a new survey of US employees, 52% said they’d be willing to leave their current job if a better offer came along, while another 44% said they were actively looking for a new job.
“Encouraged by low unemployment rates and frustrated with lackluster wage increases, many U.S. workers are looking for new and better jobs,” said Ray Baumruk, employee research leader at Aon Hewitt, a global talent, retirement and health solutions company that surveyed 2,000 U.S. employees to reach its findings.
The study confirms what Bureau of Labor Statistics data has revealed for months. In February, the number of Americans who quit their jobs voluntarily was at a nine-year high.
Why do Americans feel so comfortable leaving their current gigs, despite the possibility of a bear market? For one thing, “lousy” wage growth could make job seekers think better, higher-paying opportunities may exist. Aon Hewitt’s study found that of the top five things Americans think differentiate one job from another, a job that provides above average pay topped the list.
If you’re considering making a switch, there are ways to look for new positions without drawing attention. For example, don’t look up job listings on company equipment and stockpile vacation days so you can take full-day interviews without raising eyebrows.