America’s workers are up for grabs

Data: Gallup; Graphic: Simran Parwani/Axios

Stress and burnout are on the rise in the United States, but jobs are plentiful and Americans are ready to move to new places of work.

Why is this important: CEOs who can build corporate culture and mayors who can sell their cities have an unprecedented opportunity to attract top talent.

By the numbers: Three statistics of a new Gallup report on the workplace tell this story.

  • 71% of Americans think now is the perfect time to look for a new job.
  • 58% are stressed in their current job Daily.
  • 20% are likely to move to a new city next year.

The big picture: There is a chance for disgruntled workers to find better jobs, for small non-coastal towns to attract new residents, and for businesses to poach talented employees.

  • The willingness to move (27%) is even higher among workers under 40.

Between the lines: The companies that win the big resignation and attract top talent are the ones that embrace the right corporate culture, says Jim Harter, chief workplace scientist at Gallup.

  • As noted, corporate culture is quickly becoming as important to workers as compensation and promotions.
  • Elements of a strong company culture include managers who act as coaches and invest in workers’ careers, and leaders who constantly explain Why they make the decisions they make, he says.
  • “Build a culture where people’s lives are overall better when they come to work,” Harter said. Then market it.

And cities can also intervene.

  • A number of small towns – including Tulsa; Greensburg, Indiana; and cities in Vermont – are trying to sell themselves to newcomers, making similar arguments about worker welfare.
  • They promote their green spaces, safe communities and affordability.

The bottom line: The silver lining of rising workplace stress and worry is that millions of workers are up for grabs – and many businesses and small towns are poised to win this fight for talent.

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