Despite dissatisfaction with their jobs many professionals have opted to stay put.
According to a recent Accenture report, “The Path Forward,” 69% of those surveyed said they do not plan to leave their current employers, with some 64% citing flexible work arrangements as a reason for staying put.
According Nellie Borrero, inclusion and diversity lead at Accenture, there’s a new normal in the workplace.
“Employees are defining success in a variety of ways, customizing their own approaches and balancing personal demands with their desire to succeed. The challenge for employers is to help employees fully integrate the whole spectrum of work and life needs over the course of their careers,” said Borrero.
With the greatest barrier to career advancement cited as a lack of opportunity or clear career path most respondents said they were taking a variety of steps to actively manage their careers ranging from accepting a different role or responsibility 58%, receiving more education or training 46%, and working longer hours 36%.
“Despite current challenges, employees are still striving for success–and energized, engaged employees remain a competitive advantage,” said Adrian Lajtha, chief leadership officer at Accenture. “Since the majority of today’s professionals are not job hunting, leading companies must capitalize on this moment in time to equip their people with clearly defined career paths that include innovative training, leadership development and opportunities for advancement.”
The accompanying graphic looks at how companies can appeal and retain Gen Y women