Missed Signals


CAREERS AND RECRUITING
A dissatisfaction disconnect between employees and management could be costing companies valuable talent.

According to the Global Strategic Rewards study by Watson Wyatt, a global consulting firm, and WorldatWork, an international association of human resource professionals, the U.S. has the highest median turnover rate, at 11%.

But efforts to retain top-performing employees may be undercut by misunderstandings of employee priorities. When ranking reasons to leave their current company, employees cited stress as No. 1—not even a top five reason employers gave for why their workers would leave.

Reason for Leaving Current Company

Rank Empoyee View Employer View
1 Stress levels Base pay
2 Base pay Career development
opportunities
3 Promotion opportunity Promotion opportunity
4 Career development
opportunities
Relationship with supervisor
5 Work/life balance Work/life balance


Source: 2007/2008 Global Strategic Rewards study, Watson Wyatt, www.watsonwyatt.com, and WorldatWork, www.worldatwork.org .

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