Research from employee engagement firm Qualtrics suggests that junior employees under the age of 35 years are most likely to leave their current roles in the annual January ‘job exodus’.
The company’s research published as The Qualtrics Employee Pulse – a quarterly survey of more than 4,000 workers – shows the employees that pose the greatest flight risk are:
? More likely to be in junior positions
? Under the age of 35
? More likely to be female
? Think about work outside of contracted hours, regularly checking emails on weekends
The industries that are most at risk of losing employees this January are the technology, and travel and leisure sectors, while those working in manufacturing and healthcare are the most likely to stay put.
Using its Experience Management Platform, Qualtrics has identified the top three drivers that will help encourage employees to stay in their jobs in the long-term:
1. Supporting a work/life balance
2. Allowing employees to try out new tasks and skills in their existing role
3. Managers who are proactive in helping to solve problems or concerns in the workplace
Commenting on the findings, Sarah Marrs, employee experience specialist at Qualtrics said: “The January job exodus marks the culmination of employee dissatisfaction and disengagement that culminates over the previous year. Employees have had time out to assess their careers and rethink the type of work they would ideally like to be doing.
“But businesses have 12 months to avoid the January exodus,” she continues, “it’s a case of understanding what really drives the employee experience and taking action to improve it. Listening to employees and acting on their feedback is key and, from our study, we know that with better managerial support, acknowledging the need for a work-life balance and allowing employees to broaden their development, companies can do a lot to hold on to their best people.”