- — 7% respondents said to be satisfied with their current jobs as opposed to a majority of 46.2% who is somewhat satisfied and unhappy at work. Another 35% respondents indicate high dissatisfaction and are actively looking for a job change.
- — 60% respondents reported to seek new job opportunities for better growth prospects over 8% who would like to switch for an attractive compensation.
Of approximately 15,000 jobseekers in the Middle East polled recently by Naukigulf.com, 18.7% reported an overall satisfaction with their current jobs and are likely to stay there for a long period. It means that their work is a source of fulfilment for them and they feel passionate about it. Satisfied employees are the asset for the companies, add to their attractiveness for potential job seekers and largely contribute to the overall success.
46% said they are somewhat satisfied. Though they are not actively looking for jobs, however, would definitely want to switch if a good opportunity comes their way. Another 35% indicated high dissatisfaction with their current jobs.
The poll further looked into the reasons to figure out what motivates people to quit their current jobs. 60% of the poll’s respondents opted better growth opportunities as the topmost consideration while accepting a new job offer. This is an interesting finding as compensation used to be the primary driver of voluntary turnover till few years ago, which has now been chosen by 8% only.
An additional 9.5% said they prefer to switch jobs for better work life balance. In addition to the reasons listed above, better job role and a spoilt relationship with boss also emerged as the motivating factors for some to quit jobs, as reported by 7.8% and 3.1% respondents respectively.
While there can be other multiple idiosyncratic factors and personal situations that can impact the overall job satisfaction of an employee — these are a few factors in an organization’s orbit of influence that can be leveraged to improve employee contentment. The more the companies can learn about why employees are dissatisfied and leave them, the better off they are.
Tarun Aggarwal, Business Head- Naukrigulf.com says, “I think the poll offers an interesting insight that jobseekers are looking at growth prospects as against only money. Employers need to work on career growth and talent development as a long term retention strategy.”