There’s been no shortage of research warning employers that their workers were unhappy — and actively trying to find new jobs. But a new study suggests otherwise.
Job dissatisfaction doesn’t lead to active job searching in many cases. In fact, around half of the employees in a recent Accenture study reported being dissatisfied with their current employer, but only 30% said they had plans to switch jobs.
The study also found that many unhappy employees would look for better opportunities in-house before testing the job market.
That doesn’t mean employers should rest easy. Unhappy employees usually become unproductive employees. So it’s a good idea to check in with workers on a regular basis to make sure they’re relatively happy in their current jobs.
It’s no surprise that feeling underpaid” is the number one cause of unhappiness among employees. But even if you can’t bump up pay, there are several ways to boost morale, such as increasing workers’ responsibility and offering flexible work arrangements.