One in five planning to leave jobs in 2014

Almost one in five UK workers plan to leave their jobs this year with a third saying greater work life balance is their priority for 2014, a new survey has revealed.

Almost one in five UK workers plan to leave their jobs this year with a third saying greater work life balance is their priority for 2014, a new survey has revealed.

The survey by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) shows that nearly a fifth of workers plan to leave their jobs in 2014, while almost a third are unsure about whether they will stay in their current role.

Of those who are leaving, the vast majority would like a similar (40%) or a different (39%) role at a new company, while one in ten would like to start their own business. Almost one fifth of the people aiming to leave their job said they were moving on because they do not feel valued by their current organisation.

Charles Elvin, Chief Executive of the Institute of Leadership & Management, said: “The New Year is always a popular time for workers to look ahead and think about how they can progress. Our findings show that UK employees are beginning to reassess the job market and look into a range of new opportunities, from starting a new job to developing a new business.

“The survey illustrates just how crucial it is that workers feel valued in the workplace. As many workers like to make a change at this time of year, it is important that organisations adapt to this phase by offering the chance to learn new skills and opportunities to progress wherever possible.”

The findings also show almost one fifth of UK workers hope to improve their own leadership skills this year and 17% hope for more transparent leadership from their boss.

Almost a third [31%] chose improving their work/life balance as their main priority for 2014. Other priorities were:

– To get more training or a new qualification (28%)

– To become a better manager (13%)

– To be more productive at work (11%)

– To develop better relationships with colleagues (4%)

Charles Elvin said: “The survey reinforces the importance of leadership to workers in the UK, and in particular the desire for greater transparency in the workplace. This should be an important consideration for both current managers and those looking to improve their leadership skills.”

He added: “It’s also interesting to see that almost one third of people are hoping to improve their work/life balance in 2014. This suggests that those organisations with the flexible working practices to provide greater balance will find it easier to retain and attract talented staff.”




Comments [1]

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm currently running a series of interviews with people who have changed careers. In most cases it was to get a better work/life balance. Not every person I have spoken to made the move voluntarily (some due to illness, others due to relocation or redundancy) but it's been really positive researching and speaking with so many people who have changed their jobs to increase their happiness and personal satisfaction.

    You may feel like you're alone amongst your peers with your desire to change your working environment but women are doing it all around the country with great success. Be brave!
    Kirsty (www.morefor24.com)


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