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Weekly Workforce Insights: Most Frontline Workers are Considering a Job Change and Seek Career Growth Opportunities

Dan Johnston

August 12, 2022

It may sound terrifying to business leaders, but according to WorkStep’s recent nationwide survey of frontline workers, more than three out of four are considering a job change in the next three months.

Next time you look across your work floor or walk through the break room, let that sink in.  The vast majority of the teammates that you see, including your more tenured staff, are thinking about leaving.

Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising. There are still 11 million open jobs in the United States, 80% more openings than there are job seekers, and with such an abundance of employment opportunities, employees certainly have the luxury of keeping an open mind. The reason they might actually make the jump? Career growth.

72% of frontline workers rank career growth as the top potential reason to leave. This makes sense because with so many open roles to choose from it’s relatively easy to find something that fits in terms of wage, schedule, and commute. The X factor in determining whether to stay for the long haul is if your current role or a new opportunity has better long-term prospects.

It’s a more important time than ever to ensure that you have the systems in place to know how well your frontline teammates understand their current career pathways, and that you have the right communication channels to make your workforce aware of the investments you’re making in this arena and the opportunities available.

Do your teammates know that the more they invest in the company, the more the company invests in them? By making sure the answer to that question is an unequivocal ‘Yes,’ you can help those 77% of workers considering a job change recognize that perhaps the best move is to stay put.


Dan Johnston

Dan Johnston, Co-Founder & CEO | dan@workstep.com