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Survey: Half Of U.S. Workers Want To Quit

My mind is all over the place this morning as I ponder the state of the world.

What good does a two-week stopgap federal spending measure do when Congress will face the same problem again in fourteen days? How are things going in Egypt? Whatever happened to Almanzo from Little House On the Prairie? (Thanks, IMDB.) What will tomorrow's monthly jobs report tell us? Why do all the radio stations insist on playing the Goo Goo Dolls' version of "Give A Little Bit" instead of Supertramp's far superior original version?

But so much for what I question over morning coffee. Let's talk about something important, such as: What is the average employee thinking?

Apparently, half of U.S. employees are pondering whether or not they should leave their jobs, according to a new survey of 451 adult U.S. workers by enterprise software and service company MarketTools.

Slightly more than one-fifth (21%) of those surveyed have applied for another job in the past six months. To hell with the Great Recession, these employees are thinking. I'm so miserable at this point that I'm willing to take a chance on jumping into an empty swimming pool.

What's dragging employees down at work? Salary tops the list, followed by workload, few opportunities for advancement, and the boss. I've always heard that people leave their jobs mainly because of their direct manager, but apparently employees in this economy are willing to overlook lackluster management practices if the money makes up for it. With everyday costs going up, employees need their salaries to keep going up, too. This makes sense.

The study also found nearly three-fourths of employers (72%) don't have a formal way of getting employee feedback. At least the employees said they didn't know if such a system exists at work. Tsk, tsk, employers.

So the suggestion box in the storage closet just keeps getting dustier while everyone suffers in silence. On that note, maybe we could all use a little Supertramp.

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