Would you walk up to your boss and tell him to “take this job and shove it?” Well most people probably wouldn’t however according to a new study it doesn’t mean they aren’t thinking it.

According to a survey by Right Management eighty four percent of employees surveyed are planning on looking for a new position come 2012. In fact the results of this year’s poll are almost identical with last year’s numbers. There’s slight movement amongst people tinkering their resume’s just in case or putting feelers out and networking, but like in 2011 only five percent of workers are actually planning on staying at their current job.


Do you plan to pursue new job opportunities in 2012?

2011 2010 2009
Yes, I intend to actively seek a new position. 84% 84% 60%
Maybe, so I’m networking. 9% 8% 21%
Not likely, but I’ve updated my resume. 2% 3% 6%
No, I intend to stay in current position. 5% 5% 13%

(data courtesy Right Management)


While there is always some level of discontentment in the working world, one employed woman who’s company recently got bought out says she feels the corporate philosophy is to blame.

“There’s a new corporate philosophy, it’s no longer them trying to make you happy, it’s their way or the high way.”

The numbers of the results are surprising to some employed people in Monmouth County, many of whom feel though they may not necessarily love their jobs, the sour economy makes moving around pretty difficult.

“People are talkin big but where are they going to go? The economy is terrible.”

The response seems to be that “the grass may be greener on the other side, however finding that other grass is the hard part”.

In fact one man said that he feels the entire mood of people who are employed and unemployed is overall pretty lousy. Something he thinks is becoming more prevalent as protest across the world get more coverage.

“It’s Occupy Wall Street, an you see people even in Jersey following through with that philosophy or idea.”

For some people, like one gentleman who is self employed, being unhappy with your boss isn’t something to worry about. However, he admits his friends aren’t as lucky.

“I’m trying to think of people I know who work for other people and if they’re saying they want to switch jobs. It doesn’t seem like that high of a percentage to me.” In fact, when asked if he knew anyone who left their job voluntarily in the past year or so he was surprised by his own response. “Not many. I’m trying to think if I can think of on. I don’t even think I can.”