by Simon Bond

The rules of work have changed, fundamental leaps in technology, demographics and economics are driving a once in a century shift in how we work, when, where and why.

In an observation from Princeton University they discovered that around 30% of "traditional" jobs can be outsourced.

Some other recent surveys on career and work have revealed that the majority of people are currently unhappy in their Corporate jobs.

A study by Harris Interactive indicates a full 74% of people would today consider finding a new job. The most recent Mercer‘s What’s Working study says 32 percent are actively looking.

The reasons for their unhappiness:

A recent study by Accenture reports:

  1. They don’t like their boss (31%).
  2. A lack of empowerment (31%).
  3. Internal politics (35%) and
  4. Lack of recognition (43%).


Many cite the desire to become their own boss. A Business Insider survey of 225 executives reports 22 percent want to launch their own companies. Why are they willing to make the sacrifice and take the risk? They want to run an enterprise their way.

Deep in their hearts, they feel and know they will enjoy more satisfaction and fulfillment by establishing a healthier business culture. Now let’s add a fifth reason of employee dissatisfaction.

Author Melissa Llarena of Career Outcomes Matter reports even higher numbers, particularly for Generation X employees. She cites the biggest reason for “quits” is that employees no longer trust corporations.

To wit, nearly 40 percent of men and 25 percent of women want to become their own boss, she says (54% of Millenials, 46% of GenY, 35% of Gen X-ers and 21% of Baby Boomers, by age).
Corporate employees are looking for a better working environment. Is this alarming? It should be to managers who need a talented team to accomplish corporate goals.

The answer to employees saying, “I’m outta here!” is for management to thoughtfully and sincerely establish an employee-focused culture.

What does this have to do with stock markets you may ask, it simply means that the companies and workplaces of tomorrow, where the best and brightest will aspire to work will be businesses where workers have independence, choice and flexibility.

They will also want input into the future direction of their careers or they will simply move on.

Companies will need to rethink how they operate in an economy that takes advantage of changes in technology and priorities.