Why mass resignations are on the cards in 2022

Survey results are startling, so what can HR leaders do to retain talent?

Why mass resignations are on the cards in 2022

Nearly half of workers in the latest Robert Half survey said that they plan to look for a new job in 2022, 32% higher than six months ago. The latest research from the talent solutions and business consulting firm showed that 41% of employees want to find a new job next year, with Gen Z professionals most likely to make such move at 52%.

Paul McDonald, Robert Half senior executive director, said this is the first time he has seen in his 37-year staffing career so much movement in the market.

"With nearly half their workforce poised to make a move, companies should be highly concerned about retention in the coming months," McDonald said in a statement.

Read more: Resignations: What are the real reasons?

But what can employers do?

According to the survey, 54% of departing employees want to boost their salary, 38% want better benefits and perks, while 34% want the ability to permanently work remotely.

About 61% of employees also said they want a promotion as the next step in their career, but 41% feel that they do not have a clear path just yet. One-third also said that performance discussions with their manager are also ineffective and do not help them reach their professional goals.

In line with this, McDonald said that workers are "in the driver's seat" in today's environment and suggested that managers should remain in touch with staff when it comes to their career goals.

"Managers should have regular check-ins with their direct reports to discuss career goals, development plans and what could make their employee experience better," he said.

With remote work also factored in, McDonald said that employers should "embrace remote work options" that will not only lure in but also keep top talent in the company. 

The latest Rober Half online survey was carried out from November 11 to 29, with responses from more than 2,400 workers.

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