As competition for skilled workers heats up, retaining critical talent and keeping current employees engaged are top-of-mind issues for employers. In many organizations, that may be easier said than done.
Almost one-third (32%) of employees view their work as merely a job, not a career, according to Mercer’s latest survey on employee perspectives titled “Employee Views on Moving Up vs. Moving On.”
The good news: Many would be more engaged in their work if only they could figure out where that job was leading. More than three-quarters (78%) of employees report they would stay with their current employer if they could identify a clear career path. When asked if their company makes it easy and transparent to understand opportunities for advancement within the organization, 26% report “not at all” or “hardly ever” and another 27% say “only from time to time.”
More than half (51%) of employees report they receive “no input” or “input only once in a while” from superiors on how to perform better in their roles.
Result: 28% of employees have considered leaving their employer and moving to a competitor within the past 12 months.