Employees searching for ways to beef up their resumes are likely to leave their job, new research shows.
A study by workplace solutions provider Kelly Services revealed that more than 40 percent of employees believe that in order to develop their skills and advance their careers, it is more important to change employers than remain in their current job.
"We are seeing a shifting attitude on the part of employees, who are increasingly embracing the idea of working for multiple employers as a way to gain a wider array of work experience while they grow their careers," said Steve Armstrong, senior vice president and general manager of Kelly Services.
Overall, less than half of the surveyed workers view the idea of a career-for-life with one employer as significant, while 60 percent believe experience with multiple employers is an asset to their career development.
Additionally, nearly two-thirds of employees feel that if they did change jobs, they would be in a good position to negotiate a similar or better position rather than starting at the bottom and working their way up again.
That feeling has led to more than a third of employees actively looking for new jobs, even though they are happy in their current one.
"Employers face the reality that even happy workers are actively planning for the next step in their career and that many workers are seeing the advantages of wider employment experiences with a more diverse range of organizations," Armstrong said. "Employers need to consider ways to improve their development and promotional programs so that employees think twice before switching employers."
The study was based on surveys of nearly 170,000 people in 30 countries, including approximately 20,000 in the United States.