Workers Still Want to Quit Their Job

More workers want to quit, but few have plans to actually do so.

By HFT Staff
October 28, 2022

Nearly one-third of workers report decreased engagement— the commitment and connection that they feel to their work, according to a new survey

Work location — whether on-site, remote or a hybrid blend of the two — has no impact on self-reported engagement levels. But some people do feel decreased engagement more than others: women, Millennials and individual contributors report lower engagement than men, older generations and executives. Even with lower levels of self-reported engagement, 82 percent of survey respondents say their level of effort is the same or higher. 

The survey also finds that more workers want to quit but few have plans to actually do so. Workers’ intent to stay at their jobs decreased for 37 percent of respondents in the last six months, but only 12 percent are actively planning to leave. Indeed, the imminent recession has 29 percent of workers thinking twice about quitting. 

Additionally, having a caring, empathetic leader increased in importance to hybrid workers (56 percent) and remote workers (50 percent) more than those in the physical workplace (44 percent), perhaps a reminder to leaders to be more intentional and inclusive for those who are remote at least some of the time. 

Key findings include: 

  • Many employees are less committed, but they are working hard anyway. 
  • 30 percent say their level of engagement at work—the commitment and connection that employees feel to their work—is lower than six months ago. 
  • Lower engagement isn’t necessarily affecting effort: Only 18 percent say their level of effort has decreased in the last six months. Fifty percent say it’s the same; 31 percent say it’s increased. 
  • More women, Millennials and individual contributors report lower engagement and effort than their counterparts. 
  • Self-reported mental health levels and sense of belonging are both decreasing. 
  • 37 percent report their self-reported mental health levels are lower than six months ago. 
  • 36 percent say their sense of belonging has decreased. 
  • More women, Millennials, and individual contributors report their mental health has decreased than their counterparts. 

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