MENLO PARK, Calif., July 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Money really does talk, suggests new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam. More than two in five workers (44 percent) said they'd leave their job for one with better pay. Among professionals in the 28 U.S. cities surveyed, those in Des Moines, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Salt Lake City are most attracted by a bigger salary. In terms of gender, 47 percent of women would resign if offered more money elsewhere, compared to 40 percent of men.
Whatever the reason for leaving, employees should have a good exit plan when parting ways with a company. In a separate survey of HR managers, 83 percent said the way someone quits affects their future career opportunities.
View an infographic about quitting a job.
Workers were asked, "Thinking of your current job, what is the most likely reason you would quit?" Their responses:
For more money
For a company with a higher purpose/stronger mission
Don't feel appreciated
Bored/unchallenged by work
Bad commute/want something closer to home
Corporate culture is not a fit
Unhappy with boss
HR managers were asked, "How does the manner in which someone quits a job affect that person's future career opportunities?" Their responses:
Greatly affects it
Somewhat affects it
Does not affect it at all
*Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.
"Employees want to be compensated fairly and feel challenged and fulfilled in their jobs," said Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam. "If higher pay is the primary reason for considering another position, professionals should first see if there is an opportunity to discuss a wage increase in their current role. Employers may be open to negotiation if it means keeping a good worker."
Britton added, "When an employee decides to leave a company, exiting on good terms is a must. You never know when you might encounter a former colleague later in your career."
OfficeTeam offers workers the following don'ts when quitting a job, along with advice for what to do instead:
Do This Instead
Make a rash decision
Think carefully through the pros and cons of leaving. Have another position lined up first.
Tell your boss last
Schedule a meeting with your manager to discuss your resignation before alerting coworkers. Try to give at least two weeks' notice.
Leave others in the lurch
Tie up loose ends on projects. Offer to help with the transition during your final days.
Thank colleagues and exchange contact information with those you'd like to keep in your network.
Walk before you talk
If an exit interview is offered, provide constructive feedback in a professional manner.
About the Research
The surveys were developed by OfficeTeam and conducted by independent research firms. They include responses from more than 2,800 workers 18 years of age and older and employed in office environments in 28 major U.S. cities, and more than 300 HR managers at U.S. companies with 20 or more employees.
OfficeTeam, a Robert Half company, is the nation's leading staffing service specializing in the temporary placement of highly skilled office and administrative support professionals. The company has more than 300 locations worldwide. For additional information, visit roberthalf.com/officeteam. Follow roberthalf.com/officeteam/blog for career and management advice.
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