Perhaps they’ve had it up to here and can’t take it any longer -- or maybe the job market just looks a lot brighter these days.
The number of Americans voluntarily leaving their employers is on the rise, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey.
“Quit levels offer important clues about the strength of the job market,” said John Challenger, chief executive of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
While the survey doesn’t track the reasons behind voluntary departures, the growing number of individuals willing to quit their jobs suggests either they “are being lured away by other employers,” or “they are confident enough in their job prospects” to leave before securing a new job.
Of about 4.4 million separations that occurred in August, about 2.4 million, or more than half, were individuals who voluntarily quit their jobs. That’s up from the approximately 2.1 million individuals who quit their jobs in August 2012.
The higher quit levels may also reflect the dissatisfaction that many Americans have with their job situation.
In a 2010 survey of American workers, about one in three workers said they wanted to leave and get a new job, according to Mercer, a human resources consulting firm. A more recent Harris Interactive poll found that nearly 75 percent of respondents would “consider finding a new job.”
But Challenger offers this caution: If you decide to quit, avoid the temptation to make negative comments about an employer on social media or in person.
“Any comments you make to a supervisor or human resources officer are likely to become a permanent part of your personnel files,” Challenger said, and “those same files are likely to be reviewed by prospective employers seeking a background or reference check.”