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.