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Lack of advancement opportunities leads employees to find alternatives

By Mario Cywinski |

Employees, who do not see any room for advancement at their current job, are likely to look elsewhere for opportunities, according to a recent survey.

One in three employees quit their jobs if they dont see promotion opportunities, a further 31 per cent quit because they are unhappy with management, while 17 per cent feel they are not recognized, a survey of senior executives by Robert Half International found.

Only eight per cent of executives believe inadequate salary and benefits are a factor in good employees leaving, six per cent feel it is a result of being bored at their current job.

"Helping top performers reach their professional goals is essential to retaining them," said Michael Gooley, branch manager for Robert Half International's Toronto operations. "If the current business environment is hindering the ability to offer a promotion, managers may consider rewarding high-potential employees with professional development opportunities and projects to help expand their skill sets."

Many unhappy employees will display signs that they may be looking for a way out. These can be seen as red flags to an employer.

They include: a change in an employees attitude, usually from enthusiastic to indifferent; more personal days are taken, lunch breaks are extended; drop in level of work from a conscientious employee, more errors, missed deadlines; change in work attire, from business casual to suits; and a drop in productivity.



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