Happiness in a new job

Employees who leave jobs they are unhappy with will likely find a greater level of satisfaction with new workplaces, a new report has found.

Employees who leave jobs they are unhappy with will likely find a greater level of satisfaction with new workplaces, a new report has found.

The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey, published by the University of Melbourne, studied the circumstances of 13,000 participants over five years.

The survey found 56.2% of men and 51% of women who reported low job satisfaction in 2001 had changed employers by 2005. Those who had changed jobs rated their employment satisfaction higher than in their previous workplace.

Organisational psychologist Christopher Shen told The Australian Financial Review the figures indicate a need for employees to seek out a positive work environment.

“Research indicates that employees need to have accurate self-insight as to what are their drivers, what are their motivators, and seek to strategically align those needs with a workplace.”

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