Eatontown, New Jersey (PressExposure) July 05, 2011 -- As employers look to weather the recovery with their staff intact, their employees look to find new positions. According to two recent surveys, over one-third of the workforce is searching for different job opportunities. A Mercer LLC study shows that 32% of employees are "seriously considering leaving their jobs" while a CareerBuilder survey states that 31% of professionals are "likely to look for another position".
Local employment expert Frank Wyckoff, President of The Wyckoff Group (TWG) - Snelling Staffing based in Eatontown, reports this alarming figure is attributed to employee burnout.
"With resources stretched thin, employers have asked their staff to manage more projects," says Wyckoff. "As employees operate at maximum capacity, they feel overworked and underappreciated."
Wyckoff offers employers five warning signs that they are burning out employees:
1. Overtime - If you notice that you're spending more money on overtime, your team may be working too many hours. You might be running the risk of wearing out your players.
2. Lower Quality of Work - Check to see if the quality of your staff's work has gone down. If your employees have too many projects on their plate, they may not have time and energy to give their full attention to each project. Sloppy costs more.
3. Absenteeism - Look at your employee records. If you notice an increase in absences, your staff may be feeling sick from the stress of being overworked. Sporadic disappearances may mean your team members are interviewing for other positions or just need relief. A healthy staff is a productive staff.
4. Turnover - If you observe an increase in employee turnover, you may be working your team too hard. While it's normal that certain employees will leave your company to pursue other opportunities, a revolving door indicates a problem. The resources invested in recruiting and training new employees can be better used elsewhere. Tenure always helps your efficiency.
5. Mood - Did you see that the cheerful, energetic go-to guy at the company became grouchy and snappy? A happy team that works together boosts productivity. It's important that your workforce's morale is in high-drive. This is a clear sign you simply can't afford to ignore. A good attitude is a pre-cursor to success.
"Employee engagement initiatives are important during this economic recovery phase," adds Wyckoff. "If employers dedicate time to keep staff members committed and passionate, it will positively impact productivity."
TWG is a national company comprised of Snelling franchise offices with emphasis in New Jersey and King of Prussia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For more information about TWG, please visit http://www.snellingnj.com or call 732.389.0300.