Job searchers are looking for the wrong things in a new company

According to the latest Global Talent Monitor survey by CEB Inc.

What’s more important: money or coworkers? A new survey suggests job seekers have the wrong answer. Shutterstock

People don’t always know what’s good for them, especially when they’re looking for a new job, it appears.

The most recent “Global Talent Monitor’’ survey by CEB Inc., a best practice and technology company, shows that U.S. workers might be wrong about what they think matters most in the workplace.

The report, conducted quarterly, surveyed over 18,000 employees in 20 countries, analyzing market conditions from the previous quarter. In the U.S., there was a major disconnect between the factors that attracted workers to a company, and their primary reasons for wanting to leave an organization.

According to the survey, employees ranked “people factors,’’ like having a good manager, good coworkers and a collegiate work environment, as not important when looking for a new job. They focused more on factors like location, compensation, and work-life balance.

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Yet many of those “people factors’’ were among the top five reasons employees said they were leaving an organization. A study last year from the Harvard Business Review and consultants at The Energy Project provides an explanation: workers who had their “emotional needs’’ met at the office were more focused, and significantly more engaged with their work. And managers were found to be a big factor in whether those needs were being met.

This disconnect between what employees think they want and what actually keeps them happy in the workplace could lead to some very jaded workers who might consider looking for a new job in the future.


But as for now, that doesn’t seem to be the case for many U.S. workers, who in the second quarter were 6 percent less likely to actively seeking new jobs. Why? The study suggests that workers don’t feel too excited about their job prospects, so they’re sticking around longer.

Read the full survey here.

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