eFinancialCareers: seven in 10 finance professionals admit they don't love their jobs

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A recent poll from eFinancialCareers* reveals that nearly 7 in ten (68%) finance professionals don’t love their job. However, when asked what would become of them if they were not working in financial services, the respondents were split nearly 50-50: for a slight majority (53%), life would be better.

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“The results set alarm bells ringing over employee engagement, “comments James Bennett of eFinancialCareers. “The issue is not about finding out where the love has gone or when the spark died, but about restoring employees’ engagement."

Long hours, market uncertainty, fear of redundancy and ongoing hounding by the popular press, seem to have taken their toll on finance professionals’ psyche. A recent poll from eFinancialCareers* reveals that nearly 7 in ten (68%) finance professionals don’t love their job. However, when asked what would become of them if they were not working in financial services, the respondents were split nearly 50-50: for a slight majority (53%), life would be better.

Q: Do you love your job?

Yes     32%
No     68%

Q: If you were not doing your job and were not working in financial services, what do you think would become of you?

My life would be better     53%
My life would be worse    48%

Please note totals may not equal 100 due to rounding.

“The results set alarm bells ringing over employee engagement, “comments James Bennett, Global Managing Director of eFinancialCareers. “The issue is not about finding out where the love has gone or when the spark died, but about restoring employees’ engagement,” he continues.

There is a strong correlation between engagement and retention. The less engaged employees are, the less likely they are to stay within an organization. Companies, where engagement is low, therefore are likely to face talent drain as soon as better times return. Uncertainty is difficult for any business, but improving employee engagement is key to success. Focusing on individual professional development and recognition for hard work will support future organisational growth.

For media enquiries or to arrange an interview with James Bennett, Global Managing Director of eFinancialCareers, please contact:

Anne Bourgeois
abourgeois(at)efinancialcareers(dot)com
T: +44 (0) 20 79977910
M: +44 (0) 7432 736 221

About eFinancialCareers
eFinancialCareers, a Dice Holdings, Inc. service, is the leading global career site network for professionals working in the investment banking, asset management and securities industries. The website provides financial services professionals with job opportunities, job market news and analysis, salary surveys and career advice. Recruiters and employers can post jobs targeting specific sectors within the financial services industry, both buy-side and sell-side, and can search the resume database for highly qualified and specialized professionals. eFinancialCareers has a network of co-branded career sites with industry-leading trade publications and offers local websites in 19 markets and five languages primarily across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. http://www.eFinancialCareers.co.uk

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