Can You Detect ‘Flight Cognition’?

Workers continue to feel trapped in their jobs and want to find new employment elsewhere, according to a new poll of 1,077 employees in the United States and Canada by Philadelphia-based Right Management.

According to the poll, eighty-four percent of the employees polled say they plan to look for a new position in 2012, reflecting the very same level of discontent in the workplace as the 84 percent reported a year ago in Right Management’s survey.

And, like last year, only 5 percent say they intend to remain in their current position.

Do you plan to pursue new job opportunities in 2012? 





Yes, I intend to actively seek a new position.




Maybe, so I’m networking.




Not likely, but I’ve updated my resume.




No, I intend to stay in current position.





 “The survey findings reflect a lot of employee dissatisfaction across North America,” says Right Management Executive Vice President Bram Lowsky. “Employees are restless and feel they are lacking in options. The prolonged period of economic uncertainty has meant much less job mobility than usual, and employees understandably believe they have fewer career opportunities, either internally or via a new position.”

According to Lowsky, the findings serve as a barometer of worker distrust in management as well as job commitment, adding that it’s a workplace equivalent to whether or not ‘the country is moving in the right direction.’   

“Sometimes called ‘flight cognition’ by behavioral psychologists, intent to leave is far from an unusual phenomenon,” he says, “but when it applies to four-out-of-five employees for two years running, it has to be of top concern to senior management.”

So, is flight cognition a top concern at your organization?

If not, it certainly should be.