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Fewer employees plan to stay in their current positions, Q3 Gartner report finds

December 05, 2018

Fewer employees intend to stay at their current employer, according to the third-quarter Global Talent Monitor released by Gartner Inc. The report found 53% of workers worldwide have a high or somewhat high intent to stay in their current positions, down from 60% of workers who held that same positive intent in the first quarter’s survey. This latest data marks the fifth consecutive quarter that intent to stay has declined globally.

The third-quarter report also highlighted the continued decline of US employees going above and beyond at work. Only 16.3% of US workers expressed high levels of discretionary effort — a decrease of nearly 8% year over year, and the largest year-over-year decrease of the 26 global regions surveyed. Just 7.5% of the global labor force reported both high discretionary effort and a high intent to stay at their current employer.

“We are continuing to witness a multi-year decline in employee discretionary effort both in the US and globally, as workers are simply not seeing rewards from their employers for going above and beyond,” said Brian Kropp, group VP of Gartner’s HR practice. “Ultimately, employees are capitalizing on the realities of the tight labor market — workers don’t see benefits for offering additional effort nor are they worried about getting penalized for doing less. The surplus of jobs open in the market is bolstering employee confidence as workers believe they can easily find another position.”

Another indication of economic conditions influencing employee behavior comes from an increase in workers’ expectations for 2019 salaries and 2018 bonuses. Base pay expectations jumped nearly a full percentage point from last quarter, with workers expecting a wage increase of 3.9% in 2019 and anticipating bonus and merit payouts 3.8% larger than the previous year.

Global Talent Monitor data is drawn from the larger Gartner Global Labor Market Survey that is sourced from more than 22,000 employees in 40 countries. The survey is conducted quarterly and is reflective of market conditions during the quarter preceding publication.

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