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Workers feel ‘stuck’

Posted on June 5th, 2012 Read time: 1 minutes

Given the still high rate of unemployment, many workers are staying at their current jobs in fear that if they leave, they'll be unable to find another one.

This has led to a trend of unhappiness among "stuck" employees, according to a recent survey from Right Management.

Researchers found that nearly half of the 411 workers in the U.S. and Canada surveyed were unsatisfied with their current positions.

What's more, 16 percent said they were "somewhat satisfied" while only 19 percent said they were satisfied at their jobs.

Michael Haid, senior vice president of talent management for Right Management, explains that if employers work with unhappy employees, they could reap positive benefits.

"Employees may feel stuck, but this shouldn't mean they can't grow," said Held. "They should see that their employer is willing to invest in learning and training. In that way, they may progress in their present company and ultimately move into a new job when positions become available."

According to Forbes, employers can create a more upbeat, engaged workforce by finding ways to challenge and reward their workers. Training and education would help too, as well as carving out a path for future growth to keep them motivated.

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