Not only are record numbers of people leaving their jobs, but former employees are more disgruntled than ever, according to research from the Corporate Executive Board and featured in the Wall Street Journal Online.
The Corporate Executive Board, a research and advisory firm, compiled information from more than 4,300 exit interviews from 80 companies. They compared them to the results of similar exit interviews in 2008.
- In 2008, as the recession was beginning, 42 percent of people who had recently left their jobs said they would not recommend their former employer-about the same percentage as 2006.
- Those who are leaving their jobs now are a whole lot madder. In 2011, more than three-quarters of those who had recently quit said they would not recommend their former employer.
In the Wall Street Journal article, Brian Kropp, a managing director with the Corporate Executive Board, is quoted as saying:
Companies were blunt and rough and tumble with their workforce [during the downturn]. They created a sense that the company doesn't care about me.It's the best employees who are leaving
Another Corporate Executive Board survey suggests that it could be the high-potential employees who are the most disgruntled, which is especially worrisome for companies that care about leadership.
- In 2008, about one in ten "high-potential" employees planned to change jobs in the next 12 months.
- In June of this year, one-quarter of high-potential employees said they planned to change jobs within the next twelve months.
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Kimberly Weisul is a freelance writer, editor and editorial consultant. Follow her on twitter at www.twitter.com/weisul.