Almost 1 Out Of 2 Workers Ready To Quit, Is That Foolish?

Fed up and ready to bolt from your job? You're not alone. A recent online survey shows that nearly half of workers are considering quitting this year.

But given last week's dismal jobs numbers, it's worth asking, "Are they crazy?"

The Research Now poll, which included more than 6,100 adults working part- or full-time, was taken in January and February, when the economy -- and job market -- appeared to be improving.

Further, the respondents who were most likely to say that they planned to look for new jobs were upbeat overall. They identified themselves as "top performers" or "hard workers." (Whether their employers shared that view isn't known.)

So why do they want to leave? The poll, released Wednesday and underwritten by disability-insurance provider Aflac, showed that among those who considered quitting, the following were factors:

  • Desired better benefits (about 50 percent).
  • Company wasn't a good place to work (35 percent).
  • Employer didn't put effort into keep workers happy (33 percent).

This poll isn't the only evidence in recent weeks to suggest that workers have had their fill. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last month that 2.1 million workers quit their jobs in April, following a similar number in March -- the highest single-month totals since the start of the Great Recession.

Workers' decisions to quit are driven in part by increased workloads that resulted from huge layoffs during the economic downturn. Those who were spared the unemployment lines found themselves working harder for the same or less pay, creating resentment among many.

With increasing numbers of employees eyeing the exits, the Aflac survey suggests that employers may have to leave their cost-cutting ways behind to retain their most talented workers.

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