Morning Consult Poll: 26% to Look for New Job Post-COVID

Morning Consult Poll: 26% to Look for New Job Post-COVID man walks past now hiring sign A man wearing a face mask walks past a sign "Now Hiring" in front of a store amid the coronavirus pandemic on May 14, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. (OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

By Eric Mack | Tuesday, 06 April 2021 10:56 AM

While the unemployment rate has declined since the peak of the pandemic shutdowns, there is sentiment growing in America about general job dissatisfaction.

An alarming 26% of Americans plan to look for another job once the pandemic subsides, according to Prudential's Pulse of the American Worker Survey conducted by Morning Consult in March, Axios reported.

The dissatisfaction is even higher among the largest generation in the American workforce, as 34% of Millennials are planning to leave their jobs, according to the poll.

"If there's one thing that keeps me up at night, it's the talent flight risk," Prudential Vice Chair Rob Falzon told Axios.

The job turnover has traditionally been a generational thing, with younger people more actively seeking career change. Just 10% of Boomers plan to look for a new job, while 24% of Generation Xers do.

And, perhaps one of the most notable changes, is the demand to be able to work remotely, as many have grown accustomed to during the pandemic.

Just 13% of workers polled would prefer full-time on-site jobs, while 87% want at least some remote working options.

Falzon added to Axios, Prudential employers "need to get back to looking more intently at our talent and ensuring we are giving them opportunities even in a remote environment, or we're going to lose them."

One benefit for employers found in the polling is 54% of remote workers say they are more inclined to take less paid time off.

Those seeking a new job are nearly twice as likely (34% to 18%) to be seeking a remote-working opportunity, compared to all workers polled.

Also, benefits rate as the priority for 75% of all workers, including 31% seeking the benefit of schedule flexibility and 22% seeking remote-working opportunities.

The Pulse of the American Survey was conducted on behalf of Prudential by Morning Consult from March 5-7, 2021, polling 2,000 self-identified full-time employed adults (age 18-plus), including 1,046 full-time employed adults who worked remotely at some point during the pandemic. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.