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What Are Employees Looking for in 2013?

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What Are Employees Looking for in 2013? | Written by Ginny Morgan, Senior Recruiter at Trinity Employment Specialists – A Tulsa staffing company

I recently read a survey on www.glassdoor.com. The survey reveals the answers to employees’ work-related resolutions for 2013.  More than 2,050 U.S. workers ages 18 and over responded to the survey. Some of the answers are predictable such as an increase in pay. However, there are other responses that are not as expected.   One-third (32 percent) of employees surveyed stated a salary raise is their top work-related resolution for 2012. It appears younger workers are more interested in salary compensation. Forty percent of 18-34 year olds stated a raise is their top workplace goal. Only 20 percent of 45-54 year olds indicated this was a priority. I have found this to be true as well. A younger professional is searching to build their career and climb the ladder to success. Whereas someone who is more mature has already climbed the ladder and is looking for a good, stable position where their talents can be used and they can be needed and appreciated.

The second 2013 work-related resolution is looking for a new job. This number appears to also be very heavily skewed to the younger generation.  A recent survey by www.careerbuilder.com states eighty-three percent of millennials are willing to change their current work situation. This is 25 percentage points higher than baby boomers. The same survey also found sixty-nine percent of workers say searching for new opportunities is part of their “regular routine,” with 24 percent searching as frequently as once a week.

One of the survey results struck me as odd. It was the fifth place resolution of socializing more at work. Nine percent of those surveyed by Glass Door responded they would like to mingle more at work. This seemed strange to me that anyone would have to resolve to get to know their coworkers and their interests. Although, I guess for someone that is more introverted or works alone in a cubicle this may be great goal. I am all for knowing the people you work, but do believe there should be a line drawn between friends and coworkers in the workplace.

In conclusion, with more than 2,050 U.S. workers surveyed, the www.glassdoor.com survey would appear to be a good sample of the thoughts American employees. Most people tend to make resolutions for their personal life, such as lose weight, work out more, finish a degree or learn a new language. But, setting resolutions at work can be just as important. They help create a goal to work for and a path in which to achieve the objective. Keeping workplace resolutions simple and attainable are the key success for 2013.