More than half of working Hungarians aren’t happy at work, feel they aren’t valued and frequently think about quitting, an international workforce survey by labour consultant Kelly Services has found. Sixty per cent intend to seek another job within the next year.
According to Anikó Jónás, from the firm’s Hungary office, “a degree of anguish over job security and career prospects” has been growing and resulting in agitation and restlessness. These “deep scars” have been left by the worldwide economic recession, Jónás said.
Dissatisfaction with jobs is a global phenomenon and two-thirds of workers all over the world intend to look for another job in the near future, the survey concluded.
Jónás said it is not surprising that “as employees scan the labour market they are both more selective and more certain about what they want from work”. Those most discontented are aged between 31 and 48. And if they can’t get what they want from their current jobs, “they’re not likely to sit around waiting”, she said.
While some employees particularly want personal fulfillment and cannot find it, others are reasonably content with their jobs. But they nevertheless seek greater engagement and “are prepared to walk away from situations that are not providing it”, according to the survey.
Money shouts in Hungary
Asked why they remain with their employers, employees generally specified salary and the impossibility of finding similar work. Hungarians said poor salary and benefits would be the most likely cause for resigning. More than sixty per cent said the best way to be rewarded for good performance is with a financial bonus.
The survey found that people in Europe, the Middle East and Africa expressed more job dissatisfaction than in the Americas and the Asia-Pacific. In all these regions except the Asia-Pacific the survey recorded significant intentions to seek another employer in the near future.