October 2008

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Survey yields retention information

A recent Salary.com survey of more than 7,000 U.S. employees indicates many employers underestimate their employees' interest in actively seeking new employment. Additionally, employers may not understand their employees' reasons for leaving or staying at their current jobs. This is despite the fact that 60 percent of employers believe they are "somewhat perceptive" and 24 percent believe they are "highly perceptive" when assessing employee satisfaction.

The survey states 42 percent of employees updated their resumes within the past year. Forty-six percent searched for job postings online; 32 percent read classified employment listings; 27 percent posted or e-mailed their resumes to prospects; and 32 percent networked with friends or colleagues. A much lower percentage of employers claim to have perceived that their employees were participating in these activities.

The survey also provides information about what motivates employees to leave or...

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