Employees wish their managers were doing more to help them fulfil their career ambitions, as job hunting hits a two-year high

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Lack of job fulfilment has left employees feeling so jaded that job-hunting has reached a two-and-a-half-year high, a study out today has found.

According to the research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Halogen Software, 24 per cent of workers are now hunting for employment elsewhere, while overall job satisfaction had decreased since the survey was last run in autumn last year.

More than a third (36 per cent) of the employees questioned said they felt unable to fulfil their career aspirations at their current employer, while almost a quarter (23 per cent) felt that the performance management process at their company was unfair.

Meanwhile, a third (30 per cent) felt that their current job did not provide them with adequate opportunity to grow and learn.

Over the past few weeks, work has never made me feel...

...Excited: 35%

...Miserable: 34%

...Relaxed: 26%

...Worried: 23%

...Optimistic: 22%

...Tense: 17%

...Stressed: 14%

...Cheerful: 11%

As a result, more than a third (35 per cent) of the people surveyed said they had never felt excited about their job over the last few weeks, while one in five (22 per cent) said they had never felt optimistic.

Over the past few weeks, work has always made me feel...

...Stressed: 5%

...Tense: 3%

...Miserable: 3%

...Worried: 3%

...Optimistic: 2%

...Cheerful: 2%

...Excited: 1%

...Relaxed: 1%

"Today’s research shows that our approaches to job design and career management have not kept pace with the rapidly changing world of work or with employee expectations," said Claire McCartney, research adviser for resourcing and talent planning at the CIPD.

"Although many organisations are flatter in structure and have adopted matrix ways of working, this can mean routes for career progression are not as clear. Despite wider global economic uncertainty, employers need to think of new ways to keep their employees engaged and committed."

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Dominique Jones, people chief at Halogen Software, added: "These figures demonstrate a clear need for employers to shift their approach to performance management — to make it an on-going part of the rhythm of work — not a separate, once-a-year-burden."

Late last year, a study by CV-Library discovered that 7.7m workers would vow to leave their job when making New Year's resolutions for 2016.

Meanwhile, a survey published at the beginning of this year by management consultancy Penna found that 21 per cent of employees planned to go job-hunting in 2016, with 44 per cent of those thinking of jumping shipping saying they were planning to do so because they wanted more opportunities to develop.

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