People Are Open to Considering a Job Change

Only 15% of employed Americans said they would not leave their current job for any reason, indicating that a significant majority of people are open to a job change if the right offer came along, according to a survey released today by Yoh. And when excluding a pay increase, employed Americans cited better benefits and a flexible work environment as the top reasons they would consider other job offers.

“As a specialized recruiting company, we see this first-hand every day,” Yoh President Emmett McGrath said. “Those with top skills have choices, and these findings indicate that benefits and workplace flexibility offerings should be clear and compelling when speaking with a prospective candidate about a position. It is absolutely critical that recruiters identify early in the process each job seeker’s desires when considering a new role, and pair them with opportunities that fit their specific career and lifestyle needs.”

Employed Americans may be more open to a job that’s further from home but offers remote work capabilities, the research found. 42% of the employed Americans surveyed said they would switch jobs for a flexible work environment, while only 24% would switch for a better commute.

A few years ago, many companies began offering interesting perks like onsite gyms, daycare services, dry-cleaning, onsite baristas and more to keep employees engaged and content. However, the survey found 73% of those surveyed would not leave their current job for a job that offers those types of perks, while 50% would leave for a job that offers better traditional benefits like retirement options, healthcare options, and vacation time.

Additional findings include:

*A larger proportion of employed women than men would consider leaving their current job for a flexible work environment, 44% vs. 39%, and a higher-level position may be more important for employed men as they are more likely to cite leaving for this reason than women at 40% vs. 30%.

*The least common reasons employed Americans said they would consider a job change were for a better commute, at 24%, and more perks such as onsite gyms, daycare, or dry cleaning, at 27%.

*Employed millennials ages 18 to 34 are more likely to report they would leave a current job for “a field of work I’m more interested in” than those aged 45-plus, at 43% vs. 24%.

*Of all age groups, those ages 35 to 44 had the highest proportion of employed Americans, 57%, indicate better benefits as a reason they would leave their current job for a new one.

The online survey of 816 employed US adults was conducted within the US by The Harris Poll on behalf of Braithwaite from March 27 to March 29, 2018.

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