More than Half of Employees Feel They Just Have a Job, Not a Career

Do you know how many of your employees are satisfied in their jobs?  Chances are that the number of workers who respond “yes” to that question is smaller than you think.  More than half of U.S. workers (55 percent) feel they have just a job, not a career, and 38 percent of these workers are likely to change jobs in the back half of 2017, according to a recent survey by CareerBuilder.
 
Almost three in 10 workers (28 percent) responding to the CareerBuilder survey stated that they tolerate or hate their job.  Employees who merely tolerate or hate their jobs identified several reasons for staying in their current positions, including:
 
  • The need to pay the bills (74 percent),
  • The job’s proximity to home (41 percent),
  • The need for insurance (35 percent),
  • The job pays well (30 percent), or
  • The job market is too tough (27 percent).
 
"Unfortunately, more than half of workers feel they have just a job, not a career, and almost three in 10 say they dislike their job," said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. "When workers don't enjoy what they are doing, they are more inclined to pursue other options, and there are many routes for them to take as the U.S. continues to add jobs."
 
The national survey, which was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder from May 24 to June 16, 2017, included representative samples of 2,369 full-time employers and 3,462 full-time U.S. workers across industries and company sizes in the private sector.