Employees Want Inspiring Work

May 12, 2011

A renewed desire to uncover a job that doesn't just pay the bills but is actually inspiring, coupled with a sense of optimism about the current job market are two themes from the latest Monster Workplace Survey.

"The results of this survey are in stark contrast to where seekers were a year ago, especially psychologically. Seekers were just happy to be gainfully employed at that time—ready to simply ride things out until the economy turned around—despite how happy they were in their current position," said Jesse Harriott, chief knowledge officer for Monster Worldwide. "But, as these survey results highlight, now is very much the time for seekers to take control of their careers, leveraging that newfound optimism to enact changes—either in their current job or in a new job entirely. Hand-in-hand with that, employers need to be ready to support that appetite for change and growth that today's workforce is clamoring for."

Survey findings include

  • Ready to make a move: 82 percent of survey respondents believe there is a dream job for them, and nearly all of them (83 percent) are actively seeking that dream job.
  • Challenge and inspiration trumps salary and status: When asked what they want this year, nearly half (41 percent) of respondents want to be challenged and inspired by their jobs; a subset also want to make a difference in their jobs (17 percent). Salary continues to be a driver (17 percent) but is less important in comparison; while leadership status is nearly equal (15 percent) to salary status, though neither are viewed as important as a challenging, inspiring work environment.
  • Confidence returns: All told, 78 percent of employed respondents are looking for their career next step with 65 percent of all survey respondents feeling fairly confident that they'll find it this year. However, this confidence does tend to wane the longer they've been in the workforce—Baby boomers' (61 percent) and Gen X seekers' (69 percent) confidence levels dip slightly, as compared to Gen Y seekers who are generally more optimistic (75 percent).

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