NO CHANCE TO ADVANCE - Survey: Lack of Advancement Opportunities Top Reason Good Employees Quit

    TORONTO, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - If top performers feel that the next rung on the
career ladder appears out of reach, they may decide to move on, a new survey
suggests. One-third (33 per cent) of executives interviewed said good
employees are most likely to quit their jobs because of a lack of advancement
opportunities. Unhappiness with management was the second most common answer,
cited by 31 per cent of respondents.
    The survey was developed by Robert Half International, the world's first
and largest staffing services firm specializing in accounting and finance. It
was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on interviews with
100 senior executives across Canada.
    Executives were asked, "Which of the following is most likely to cause
good employees to quit their jobs?" Their responses:

                                                    2009    2004
                                                    ----    ----
        Limited opportunities for advancement......  33%     38%
        Unhappiness with management................  31%     18%
        Lack of recognition........................  17%     25%
        Inadequate salary and benefits.............   8%      8%
        Bored with their job.......................   6%      8%
        Other/don't know...........................   5%      3%
                                                    ----    ----
                                                    100%    100%

    Robert Half also recently issued survey findings that show employers'
greatest staffing concern is employee retention
    "Helping top performers reach their professional goals is essential to
retaining them," said Michael Gooley, branch manager for Robert Half
International's Toronto operations. "If ambitious employees don't foresee
growth potential, their companies risk losing them to other opportunities."
    Gooley added, "If the current business environment is hindering the
ability to offer a promotion, managers may consider rewarding high-potential
employees with professional development opportunities and projects to help
expand their skill sets."
    Most employees who are looking for a new job will send out warning
signals. Robert Half identifies the following five red flags for supervisors
to be aware of:

    1.  A noticeable change in attitude. A formerly enthusiastic staff member
        may seem withdrawn and indifferent. In addition to examining the
        individual's performance, look for changes in behaviour in team
    2.  Longer lunch breaks and frequent absences. This may be a sign that
        someone is using the time for job interviews. It also could indicate
        the person is bored with the work.
    3.  Missed deadlines and increased errors. Everyone misses a deadline
        from time to time, but apathetic workers make it a habit - one that
        can throw off the efficiency of an entire department or company.
        Numerous errors from a previously conscientious employee are a sign
        of disengagement and may signal lost interest and an impending
    4.  More professional attire. An employee who shows up for work wearing
        suits even though your company has a business casual dress policy may
        be going on job interviews with other firms.
    5.  A drop in productivity. A decline in performance or work quality and
        increased forgetfulness about deadlines, meetings and appointments
        could indicate a worker who is gradually disconnecting from the job.

    Robert Half International has more than 360 staffing locations worldwide
and offers online job search services at

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For further information: Kristie Perrotte, (416) 350-2330,

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