Monday, March 28, 2011

Despite Low Job Satisfaction, Employees Unlikely to Seek New Jobs, Accenture Research Reports, Prefer to Focus on Creating Opportunities with Current Employers

NEW YORK; March 4, 2011 – More than half of female business professionals around the world – and a similar percentage of their male counterparts – report that they are dissatisfied with their jobs.  At the same time, however, a significant number plan to stay with their companies and create new opportunities, according to new research from Accenture (NYSE: ACN).
The research, which surveyed more than 3,400 professionals in 29 countries, compared responses of equal numbers of women and men and found that fewer than half (43 percent of women and 42 percent of men) of all respondents are satisfied with their current jobs, but nearly three-quarters (70 percent of women and 69percent of men) plan to stay with their companies.
Released today as part of Accenture’s 2011 celebration of International Women’s Day, the research also found that the top reasons for respondents’ dissatisfaction are: being underpaid (cited by 47 percent of women versus 44 percent of men); a lack of opportunity for growth (36 percent versus 32 percent); no opportunity for career advancement (33 percent versus 34 percent); and feeling trapped (29 percent versus 32 percent).  Despite this, more than half of respondents (59 percent of women and 57 percent of men), say that, this year, in an effort to enhance their careers, they will work on developing their knowledge and/or a skill set to achieve their career objectives. 
“We’re seeing an unanticipated workplace dynamic,” said Adrian Lajtha, chief leadership officer at Accenture.  “Today’s professionals are not job hunting, despite expressing dissatisfaction.  Instead, they are focused on their skill sets and on seeking the training, the resources and the people that can help them achieve their goals.  Leading companies should support these efforts by listening to employees and providing them with innovative training, leadership development and clearly-defined career paths.”
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