Survey: Employer Loyalty is Keen Among Colleagues

March 12, 2004 ( - Job hoppers apparently aren't the favorite of the office, according to a new survey.

Those who change jobs frequently were described as not knowing what they really want to do or just looking to make more money, according to a survey by Ajilon Office, a Saddlebrook, New Jersey staffing company. On the other hand, more than half of Americans feel people who spend a long time at one job are loyal and enjoy their work and their company, the company said in a news release.

Asked how long is “long enough” to stay put with the same company, nearly four in 10 (39%) said more than a decade was appropriate. That was followed by:

  • five years (24%)
  • 10 years (11%)
  • two years (10%)
  • one year (8%).

“In these uncertain economic times, most people are grateful to be employed and become more loyal to their employers than in growing job markets,” said Neil Lebovits, president and chief operating officer of Ajilon Office, in the announcement. “It’s a critical time for companies to foster the employees they’ve retained, since those are probably their best performers. It’s also a time for employees to rally around the organization that has kept them gainfully employed.”

The survey identified the top five reasons why workers tend to stay put:

1. is paid well

2. l ikes his/her co-workers

3. has job security or is building equity/seniority

4. has good benefits such as medical, pension plan, etc.

5. i s used to the job.

But respondents also had suggestions about why workers head for the exits. The top five:

1. more money

2. better benefits, such as medical, pension plan, etc.

3. more opportunity for career growth

4. less stress or pressure

5. change of pace.