The “Where Are the Workers?” report from the Fund for Our Economic Future surveyed both employers and nearly 5,000 working-age adults across 11 counties and then extrapolated that data to highlight the trends affecting about 2.9 million Northeast Ohio workers. (Available data on the report’s website focuses on employee responses.)
One of the main takeaways from this comprehensive dive into emerging workforce trends — including how people feel about work and what is important to them — is that the pandemic had a broad effect on life and work priorities, said Fund president Bethia Burke.
She said more than half of those surveyed quit their job because of a negative work environment, low pay, transitional issues (such as the need for parental leave) or scheduling conflicts. About half did not have another job lined up when they quit.
Of the workers looking to leave their job, 60% want a different position, and slightly more than half (51.6%) said they plan to look in a different industry. A full 84% of those looking to make some sort of job change were very to somewhat confident they could find a job with commensurate income and benefits.
“These last two years are such a shock to the system that it helps us to just stop for a second and reflect on that shock in a way that might highlight and emphasize those trends,” Burke said. “The implications that are emerging about what is ahead in the immediate future for employers (show that) workers are concerned with compensation, culture and connection.”