Unhappy workers eye the exit

NOT JUST MONEY: Communication is key to happy workers, says Randstad Wellington general manager Blair Cashin.

NOT JUST MONEY: Communication is key to happy workers, says Randstad Wellington general manager Blair Cashin.

Bosses have been put on notice after a survey found more than a quarter of workers are looking to leave their jobs.

The survey, by recruitment company Randstad, found an increasing number of workers are dissatisfied with their jobs and want to leave.  

Its latest Workmonitor finds 27 per cent of New Zealand employees were looking to switch jobs in the fourth quarter of last year, compared to 23 per cent in the third quarter.

Job satisfaction has dropped with only one in four workers "very satisfied" with their current employer, down from more than one in three in the previous quarter. 

Randstad's Mobility Index, which measures the expectation of workers considering a job change, remained steady at the end of last year after jumping from 101 to 108 in the third quarter.

Things could get even worse for bosses in the first three months of this year as many employees decide to switch jobs after returning from their summer holidays, according to Randstad's Wellington general manager Blair Cashin.

"It's quite common at this time of year. We see a lot of applicants coming in through our website through January and February. It's the seasonal part of recruitment," he said.

"A lot of employees are maybe not that comfortable with how a business is performing or how their personal job prospects are faring for the next 12 months. The people looking for new work have typically been in a job for two years."

While concerned bosses could offer valued employees a fat wad of cash to stop them from leaving, Cashin said the key to keeping workers happy was communication.

"Transparency is a big one. Discussing what the business is trying to achieve is incredibly valuable."

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Cashin said salary was a top factors for employees but "add-ons" were also important to keep them satisfied.

"It could be softer things like having a Nespresso machine. It's $500 but people enjoy those benefits," he said.  

"We've just had a table tennis table installed in our office and it's really been good for staff engagement. We're getting people from different divisions talking to each other."

 - Stuff


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