Meg Montford, Business & Career Coach
to a December 2003 survey conducted by CareerBuilder.com, 38%
of the directors, managers, supervisors and team leaders polled
said that they were likely to change jobs in 2004.
chair attrition" is
affecting Corporate America, says Joyce Gioia, co-author of the
best-selling book on employment trends, "Impending Crisis: Too
Many Jobs, Too Few People." She adds that 30-40% of the workforce
is unhappy at work and only waiting for the first opportunity
to "jump ship."
an online career management and recruiting
resource center for executives and recruiters, published
its annual "Executive Job Market Intelligence" report based on
a January 2004 survey of about 1000 executives and 150 search
professionals. It states that despite the anticipated 2004 "hiring
growth across the board" predicted by search professionals, "the
new realities of the job market will likely require some executives
to recreate or reposition themselves. That may mean changing
functions or industries," said Dave Opton, CEO and Founder
does all this leave you? If you are an employer, perhaps a bit
unsettled at the prospect of a mass exodus from your organization.
If you are one of the unhappy-at-work employees, what are you
doing to manage your own career? Are you ready to move forward
when the opportunity arises, or are you hanging on to outdated
skills and experience because you're too stubborn or afraid to
"recreate or reposition" yourself for the
new world of work? It is a natural human tendency to resist
change. However, we are living in a world changing so fast that
no one can remain immune to its impact. The time for hunkering
down has passed. If you don't embrace change and make it your
friend, it will bury you.
in the AE News, March 2004.)