New Study Sheds Light on Factors Fueling the Great Resignation

  • Second annual State of Work and Career Success study from Connie Steele outlines shifting attitudes, needs, and expectations of a changing workforce; uncovers factors that are vital for career success in the new world of work

Less than 30% of workers in the US perceive themselves as successful in their careers, and more than half (52%) agree that their professional ambition isn’t tied to being part of a company. Additionally, fewer than half of workers are satisfied with their career progress, current position, and compensation. These findings and many more are all part of a newly released study that sheds light on the changing mindset, attitudes, and behaviors of workers in the U.S. as the Great Resignation rages on.

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The just-released 2022 State of Work and Career Success study was led by Connie Steele, Principal of Flywheel Associates, and conducted by Rockbridge Associates. Fortunately for workers and employers alike, it’s not all doom and gloom. The study also uncovered six key dimensions of career success and found that planning is by far the most important activity workers can undertake to ensure they reach their career goals.

“What workers want today is fundamentally different from what they’ve wanted in the past,” said Connie Steele. “However, workers aren’t fully satisfied with where they are, nor do they feel successful. The good news is that to create progress towards success, there is a common set of factors that are under their control. Having a career roadmap that includes the necessary people — whether it be a network, sponsor, or mentor — to realize those end goals makes a huge difference.”

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The research takes the pulse of what the American workforce wants and needs out of their profession, as well as the drivers of success. It also looks to measure their level of achievement. The workforce definition is not limited to employees of a company but also includes freelancers and business owners.

“We’ve been studying workforce trends for years and have seen the evolving priorities of workers that highlight a shift towards meaning and purpose. Further, we see a strong connection between achieving those life goals with their career progression,” said Gina Woodall, President of Rockbridge Associates.

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