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Fidelity rates dire in employment relationships

Your employees are cheating on you.

So says the latest survey data from JobAdvisor, which found nine out of ten employees are either ‘window shopping for a new job’ (49 per cent), ‘fantasising about working somewhere else’ (32 per cent) or already in talks with another employer’ (9 per cent).

Furthermore, almost a quarter (24 per cent) believes they are either a ‘player’ (hopping from job to job looking for the best deal) or a ‘gold digger’ (working for whoever will pay them the most).

Other employee behaviour types include:

  • Commitment-phobe – there for a good time, not a long time (13 per cent);
  • Home bird – only ever work for the family business (6 per cent); and
  • A traveler – just there for the visa (5 per cent).

This week JobAdvisor launched Career Cupid Week – a national movement to encourage Aussies to find their career soul mate. CEO Justin Babet, said he hopes the campaign will highlight the importance of finding true love in your career.

“The reality is it’s very difficult to truly know what a company is like until you’ve signed on the dotted line and have your feet under the desk; by that time, it’s difficult to make a change,” Babet said.

The study also identified significant differences in employer relationships by gender. Women are more likely than men to ‘window shop’ for a new job’ (53 per cent Vs. 43 per cent). However men are more likely than women to ‘fantasise about working somewhere else’ (34 per cent Vs. 30 per cent).

Other differences include:

  • Almost one in five (18 per cent) city workers said their employment relationship was one the rocks, compared to one in ten (10 per cent) regional workers.
  • Those that earn under $50,000 a year are much less likely to describe themselves as a ‘gold digger’ – working for whoever will pay them the most’ (10 per cent) than those that earn over $100,000 a year (20 per cent).
  • Gen Y are the most likely to say they’re unhappy in their employer relationship (21 per cent), a ‘gold digger’ (27 per cent) or ‘commitment-phobe’ (28 per cent) and are least likely to say they’re a ‘loyalist’ (18 per cent).

The study was conducted Australia-wide and involved 1,025 workers aged 18 years and over.

Stephanie Zillman

Stephanie Zillman

Stephanie is the editor-at-large of Dynamic Business. Stephanie brings with her a passion for journalism, business, and new ideas. On her days off, you might find her reading a book on the beach.

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