"If there is an expectation of flexibility on the employee's end to be responsive on what used to be thought of as off hours," Henry says, "employees are, in turn, expecting that the employer will be more flexible to them and offer a better work/life fit as a result."
Workers 55 and over were more likely to cite enjoying the work (80 percent) and work/life fit (76 percent) than younger workers 18 to 34 years old (58 percent for enjoyment and 61 percent for fit). The younger workers were more likely to say they stayed because of co-workers (57 percent) and managers (46 percent).
The lowest cited reason for staying on the job was "There aren't any other job opportunities for me" with only 39 percent of the workers giving it as a reason.
"But that is still 39 percent of people who were staying with their current employer because they just didn't have any other opportunities," Ballard says.
This is still a large enough percentage, however, for employers to be concerned. Two out of five workers sticking around because they don't have any other options won't last as the economy improves, Ballard says. "You may lose some of those folks," he says.
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