Shocking News? Young Employees Most Likely To Leave Jobs

by Michael Haberman on December 6, 2011 · 3 comments


A study by Mercer, as reported by SHRM, showed that younger workers are more likely to leave their jobs than older workers. According to the article “The consulting firm, which found employee loyalty eroding in general, said workers ages 16 to 24 globally were an average of 10 percentage points more likely than the overall workforce to be seriously considering leaving their employers, while those ages 25 to 34 were 5 percentage points more likely. ” The question I had was “This is shocking news?

I have always been under the impression that younger workers were more likely to leave a job than older workers. There certainly may be more, or different reasons, than there have been in the past, but is 10 percentage points really all that big of a difference? I don’t think so.

But some companies are at least trying to stem this trend and are trying to appeal to the younger generation members’ desire for mobility by trying to create job tracks within the company. As  Chris Casazza, head of global HR at Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. said “You want to give people the opportunity to develop and grow as individuals and employees … so they believe that leaving the company for another opportunity may not be the best thing for their career,” when people do leave, “you want to do what you can to be sure they leave on a good note.”

So let me ask, are any of the rest of you surprised by this result?

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chris December 6, 2011 at 9:42 am

This is just a new characteristic of the next generation. They won’t be confined to certain traditional definitions. I really found it interesting that 50% of employees said they would sacrifice some compensation in order to have access to social media at work. It’s a Sign O’ the Times.

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