More Americans Will Change Jobs in 2011

NEW YORK (MainStreet) – With unemployment hovering near 10%, one might think that those lucky enough to be employed would be happy just to have a steady job. But a new study suggests that the vast majority of employees are dissatisfied with their jobs and will seek a new position in the coming year.

A survey conducted earlier this month by Right Management, a division of job-placement firm Manpower, found that 84% of workers “intend to seek a new position” in 2011. That’s a sharp increase from an identical survey conducted a year ago, when just 60% of workers expressed an intention to find a new job in the coming year.

The shift reflects increasing dissatisfaction with management, said Right Management President Douglas J. Matthews.

“We view it as a barometer of their trust in management or commitment to the job,” Matthews said in the press release. “Just as people are questioning their elected leaders in government, so too are workers wondering if their management is up to the challenge of renewed growth or developing a sound strategy moving forward.”

Of course, there may be a simpler explanation: Money. Wages grew only marginally in 2009 and did not keep up with the consumer price index, leading to an overall decrease in spending power in the U.S. While many of these workers were likely content to tough it out in the wake of the 2008 economic collapse, two years later their patience has evidently run out.

If you’ve stuck with your job for this long, hopefully you’ve gained plenty of knowledge and experience. What has your job taught you?

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