“These numbers should signal a wake-up call for top management, when four out of five employees say they intend to look for employment elsewhere,” Scott Ahlstrand, Right Management’s head of employee engagement, said in a statement.
The online poll asked nearly 900 workers in the United States and Canada if they planned to look for a new job in 2014. The percentage of workers who intend to pursue a different position is slightly down from the year before when 86 percent responded affirmatively, according to the Los Angeles Times.
But as recently as 2009, just 60 percent of the respondents said they would pursue a new opportunity, according to the data.
“High employee dissatisfaction has a ripple effect that can hurt the bottom line, disrupt productivity and damage morale,” Ahlstrand said in the statement.
Just 5 percent of workers who responded to the survey said they intend to stay in their current positions.