Employers, let me tell it to you straight. No need for future predictions on this one from the Oracle, the future is here and I’ve been teaching about this for years now. According to Business News Daily.com a recent survey reveals that 84 percent of American employees plan to look for new jobs in 2011. If this news isn’t disturbing enough to you, it also says that only 5 percent of employees want to stay at their current position.
Why Would They Leave Me You Ask…
Despite the tough economy, many corporate workers are packing up from their cubicles and fleeing from corporate America in high numbers and at this point, I see the trend only growing. The reasons are endless, low salaries, no raises in years, decreased health benefits, the removal of bonuses and incentives, all while being asked to work longer hours and take on the work of others who quit or were fired. All of these items contribute to one of the largest numbers ever recorded of unhappy and dissatisfied Americans in the work force. A recent poll at CBS News reported that one in every four workers feel that they have worse opportunities than their parent’s generation. According to a study from the Conference Board research group, over 55 percent of American workers report that they are dissatisfied with their work.
Asking To Do Too Much With Too Little
For the past several years, employees were willing to pitch in and join the corporate mantra of doing more with less, most feeling lucky to have a job during the economic downturn, but the mantra has been abused and the conscious tide is now turning. More people are leaving their corporate jobs to take other jobs which pay less, but give the employee a greater work/life balance.
Even more importantly, these employees are saying that they feel more appreciated in the smaller businesses by their employers, which leads to greater job satisfaction. Large corporate environments now feel cold, heartless, and sterile. In many cases, employees are reduced to badge numbers and worked like mules until they drop with little appreciation for their efforts. Those who can live without the kudos for a job well done, are leaving to make more money elsewhere or to start businesses of their own.
Many employers are quick to blame the economic recession for the problem, but studies report that workers have not been happy in corporate jobs since the early 1990′s.
What’s Leading the Turn of Events
There’s an old saying, when you take everything away from a person, they have nothing left to lose. Corporations have pushed the envelope too far with their workers. As fuel prices have gone up, so have the cost of utilities, food and gas. Rather than investing in their employees as the future of the company, recognizing them as the innovators who can turn the market back around, many corporations have abused employee loyalty and capitalized on their fear of losing their job and having nowhere else to go. Rather than investing in the precious commodity of loyal employees and providing environments to stimulate new ideas and innovation, many employers instead cut benefits, eliminated raises, and found ways to quietly state that the 60 hour work week has become the new norm in many companies if you want to keep your job.
While senior management, VP’s and CEO’s continue to beat the war drums on the huddled masses, their pockets are being stuffed with inflated bonuses with the widest gap in salaries ever reported between CEO and employee levels. Upper management is disconnected from the fact that their employees are struggling to make ends meet, most with two income families and still facing economic shortages in their household. Long gone are the plans for retirement, college and vacations, most workers are focused on living paycheck to paycheck and keeping creditors at bay, while struggling to repair older cars, worn out appliances, and homes in need of renovation.
In my work as a Business Intuitive/Oracle, many of my clients come to me ready to leave the very corporations that I mention here. They share with me how they have become stressed to the point that everything in their life begins to fall apart. They are forced to work so much overtime at work, including nights and weekends responding to emails and catching up on work, that they have neglected their children and spouses and their physical health and mental and emotional well-being has also taken its toll. They’re not sleeping well, some are mildly depressed and their stress levels are at an all time high.
There’s no outlet at work for them to express their dissatisfaction, rather they are only asked to do more and take on the work of others as well as their own. Their stress level is further increased by managers asking them to get the work done in half the time, as the disconnect between employees, managers and VP’s has grown in many corporations to epidemic levels.
Faced with the prospect of returning to another long day and evening in the office with no retirement benefits, except risky 401K’s that may or may not profit when it’s time to retire, along with unhappy families who miss them and and a work environment where they are not appreciated, many American workers are now taking the leap to becoming entrepreneurs and business owners themselves. This trend is expected to grow significantly in the future as the younger generations of workers are looking at their parents and their prospects in working in corporate America and turning away from it in droves.
Fixing What’s Broken
Most of the employees have become seriously demotivated in their current jobs. They feel that their employer does not care about their well being and has no interest in their ideas for the company. No one likes to be ignored or made to feel worthless and easily replaceable. In addition, Senior Level Executive positions have become so cushioned with golden parachutes and enormous bonuses, that even when the company is going bankrupt and employees are being laid off, they are still paid these bonuses even though the outcome of the company is considered to have failed. This corporate class hierarchy has all of the makings of a French Revolution, where workers grow tired of being treated like peasants and stage their own revolution by leaving these companies and forming smaller businesses which will rapidly grow into becoming competitors.
Many of these employees don’t want to leave their jobs, but they feel that they no longer have any choice. Corporations who will thrive in this next decade, will be the ones who understand that in order to have a successful business, you have to have happy employees. Henry Ford understood this concept, building his enormously successful company by paying his workers more than other manufacturers. He ensured that they made enough money that they could provide for themselves and their families and also purchase the products that they made at Ford. Companies who will make the necessary changes to honor their employees and the ideas, innovation and teamwork that they bring will see a turn around in their sales and their potential.
Each organization is only as strong as its employees and their commitment to the products created. The trend to hire contract workers rather than employees in order to avoid paying benefits is having a direct effect on the quality of products being produced by the corporations. Contractors who are placed in positions for a year or less, do not have the same commitment to the corporation as employees. Many times contractors leave before their contract runs out as they are offered a better paying position elsewhere. A company who invests in their employees, in return sees the employees investing in the company and naturally wanting to create the best quality product available in the market.
The corporations who will ultimately lose are the ones who will keep doing what they’re doing, running their employees ragged and wearing them out until they leave angry, disgusted, and taking their wealth of knowledge and experience with them. Talented employees will leave for greener pastures, worker morale will continue to fail and finger pointing and blaming others will become the norm by workers and managers. In this environment, innovation and creativity dies on the vine and product quality fails, leading to a decrease in sales. Organizations that do not value the individual contributors and who fail to see the organization as a group where all should be respected, will pay the price.
What The Oracle Predicts
Individuals between 25-49 will create a major change in how business is done in this new decade. More entrepreneurs will rise from this group to go their own way and create dynamic and innovative companies. Smart CEO’s will learn how to detect these visionaries inside their own companies and will provide incentives and benefits to keep them in house in order to create these evolutionary goods and services.
Want to know how to identify these new thought leaders in your organization? Contact the Office Oracles to arrange a company event where we show you what’s been missing in your organization and identify the potential in your employees that has been untapped. The future is in your hands, you have only to look within your own organization to see them there.
About the Oracle known as Kala Ambrose…
Noted entrepreneur, business intuitive, inspirational speaker, author and host of the highly acclaimed Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, Kala Ambrose’s teachings are described as discerning, empowering and inspiring. Whether she’s speaking with world-renowned experts on the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, writing about empowering lifestyle choices, reporting on new discoveries in the scientific and spiritual arenas or lecturing and teaching to groups around the country, fans around the world tune in daily for her inspirational musings and lively thought-provoking conversations. Kala is the author of three books including the award-winning 9 Life Altering Lessons. She is a national columnist for Examiner.com, AOL and Yahoo and writes for a variety of magazines about intuition, and empowering lifestyle choices along with her national Ask Kala column, where she answers questions directly from her readers.
As a business intuitive she brings a wealth of knowledge to corporations, businesses and entrepreneurs providing insightful solutions with a competitive edge to achieve their business and personal goals. Her consultations are based upon her background in public relations, marketing, and social networking as well as her experience in the legal and technology fields. Through her intuitive guidance, business savvy, and forecast of business trends in the future, she has the ability to unlock the mysteries to your business and career life; creating a heightened ability to prosper and maximize your potential and profits. An accomplished entrepreneur, Kala brings her straight-forward insights directly to the table and is respected for her unique approach which allows her clients to see what needs to be changed to guide their career or business to its highest potential. With a background in real estate and traditional feng shui, Kala also offers guidance on the right property to house the business headquarters location.