Close site search

Simply start typing to search Changeboard and then press enter

Half of global workforce wants to quit in 2017

Posted on from Changeboard

With so many people looking to leave their jobs around the world, what can your managers do to better engage those with a wandering eye?

In a survey of over 3,300 employees across 14 countries, it has been revealed that nearly half of workers are planning to leave their current organisation. 

According to a survey by Dale Carnegie Training, some 29% of workers plan to search for a new job within the next year, with 16% currently looking for a new job. Just 22% plan to stay in their current workforce. Only 16% plan to stay in the current company on a long-term basis. 

A primary reason for leaving is poor management, as an employee is ten times more likely to be very satisfied with their job when led by someone who is honest and trustworthy. Those that feel let down by their superiors are four times more likely to be looking elsewhere.

The lack of trust between employees and their supervisors appeared to be a key factor, as just under 20% of respondents said they felt that their direct supervisor was ‘rarely or never’ reliable in their interactions with their staff. 

Key findings of the survey

In order to retain talent, Dale Carnegie found that the following behaviours are key to driving employee engagement, thus retaining more talent: 


  • Sincere appreciation and praise are key to motivating employees around the world
  • Effective leaders develop themselves and create a safe environement that fosters their employees’ capacity to grow
  • Externally-reliable (honest with others and internally-reliable (true to themselves) leaders drive employee engagement. 

Get content similar to this article

You can cancel email alerts at any time

Content by email

Thanks! You have been subscribed to receive emails about the following subjects.

Get more with Changeboard

Changeboard is a global HR jobs site, career advice resource and events platform to help HR and recruitment professionals find the perfect job to progress their careers. We're here to help you change the way you work.

Register now

Changeboard Magazine

Changeboard is read by more than 22,000 senior leaders in print and 85,000 online.

  • Get Changeboard Magazine

  • Get Changeboard Magazine
    on mobile

  • Get Changeboard Magazine
    in print

Subscribe to Changeboard today for:

  • Engaging and relevant decision-support content
  • Exclusive interviews with CEOs & HR leaders
  • In-depth profiles, case studies & insights from progressive senior HR & resourcing practitioners
  • Stimulating career advice, delivered in bitesized chunks to help busy professionals advance their careers efficiently.
Get the Changeboard magazine
Get Changeboard Magazine

Job search saved

Your search has been successfully saved.

Register or log in to manage job alerts.