Conducted by Randstad, the survey found that an increasing number of employees are dissatisfied with their jobs and want to resign.
The survey concluded that 27% of working New Zealanders were looking to change jobs in the final quarter of 2014, up from 23% in the previous quarter.
It was also found that only a quarter of workers were “very satisfied” with their current employer.
Randstad’s Wellington general manager Blair Cashin predicted that the situation could noticeably affect employers in the first three months of 2015 as employees choose to change jobs after returning from their summer holidays.
“It's quite common at this time of year. We see a lot of applicants coming in through our website through January and February. It's the seasonal part of recruitment,” he told stuff.co.nz
. “A lot of employees are maybe not that comfortable with how a business is performing or how their personal job prospects are faring for the next twelve months. The people looking for new work have typically been in a job for two years.”
He added that the key to keeping employees satisfied in their role is communication.
“Transparency is a big one. Discussing what the business is trying to achieve is incredibly valuable,” he said.
As well as this, Cashin advised that “add-ons” to salary are also important to maintaining staff happiness.
“It could be softer things like having a Nespresso machine. It's $500 but people enjoy those benefits,” he said. “We've just had a table tennis table installed in our office and it's really been good for staff engagement. We're getting people from different divisions talking to each other.”
A recent survey has found that more than one in four workers is thinking of leaving their jobs.