Study says retail employees looking for better work
January 21, 2005,
CHICAGO — Finding a new job is a priority for 47 percent of retail workers, according to a new CareerBuilder.com survey.
Forty-eight percent of retail workers say they do not look forward to going to work each day with more than half stating their paychecks are not providing enough incentive.Dissatisfaction with pay rose from 50 percent in August to 54 percent in the latest survey. Seventy-eight percent of retail workers say they did not receive a bonus in 2004 and 46 percent have not received a salary boost. Of those who were given a raise, more than one-third reported the raise was 3 percent or less.
More than two-thirds have observed their workloads rose significantly in the last six months and 35 percent say they struggle to maintain a healthy work/life balance. The pressure to meet the demands of their customers, employers and families has left 48 percent feeling excessive stress on the job.
Retail workers also voiced concern over the lack of a clear path for career advancement at their current employers. Four-in-10 report challenges with moving up the company ladder and one-fourth report being overlooked for a promotion.
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