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Surveyed Workers Confide They Feel Trapped in Job

PHILADELPHIA, July 23, 2013 – While it is no secret job satisfaction may be low among North American workers, it appears that most also feel stuck in their current position, according to a survey by Right Management, the talent and career management experts within ManpowerGroup.

Nearly 400 employees throughout the U.S. and Canada took part in the new survey, and 84% concede that they sometimes feel trapped in their job and want to find a new position elsewhere.

Sometimes I feel trapped in my current job and want to find a new position elsewhere.

  • Strongly agree 63%
  • Somewhat agree 21%
  • Somewhat disagree  6%
  • Strongly disagree 10%


“We view job satisfaction and wanting to get another job as a workplace indicator of sorts, particularly around engagement of employees,” said Ron Sims, Talent Management Practice Leader at Right Management, which provides talent, career and outplacement services to Fortune 500 companies. “We poll employees regularly in order to assess a variety of attitudes and trends. What we learned this time is consistent with the past few years, and it’s disheartening that the mood in the workplace is still sullen.”

When employees are so disaffected management’s job is much more difficult, said Sims.
“Workers are distracted and this harms performance, engagement, productivity, and even recruitment and retention. So it would be a mistake for management to do nothing, or to conclude their workers have no choices but to stay where they are.”

For instance, Sims said, there are steps management may take to mitigate a bad situation. “Encourage employees to take charge of their own development. They may feel trapped, but it doesn’t mean they can’t grow. So management should provide development opportunities and ways to broaden their capabilities. When they see the employer will invest in learning and training and that they can progress in their present job it may lessen their sense of being stuck. It always helps for a boss to talk about and to do something about career development.”
The survey of 364 employees from the U.S. and Canada was conducted between June 16 and July 15.

About Right Management

Right Management is the global leader in talent and career management workforce solutions. As the workforce consulting experts within ManpowerGroup, the firm designs and delivers solutions to align talent strategy with business strategy. Expertise spans Talent Assessment, Leader Development, Organizational Effectiveness, Employee Engagement, and Workforce Transition and Outplacement. With offices in over 50 countries, Right Management partners with companies of all sizes – including more than 80% of the Fortune 500 – to help grow and engage their talent, increase productivity and optimize business performance.

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