Net makes staff fickle

Employee loyalty has taken a dive since the advent of the Internet, according to a survey by Morgan & Banks.

In a survey of 2500 employees, 77.46 per cent of females and 83.72 per cent of males said the Internet has made job hopping easier. And 71.76 per cent of males and 65.75 per cent of females thought the Internet had impacted on the length of time that people stayed in their jobs.

Jonathon Morse from Morgan & Banks Technology said: "A massive 60.3 per cent of males and 52 per cent of females are looking for a new job on their present company's time, and it is likely that most of this job hunting is being conducted online.

"Nearly 85 per cent of [Australia's] workforce believe that a job for life no longer exists, and 23 per cent of respondents believe they will stay in their present job for only one year," Morse said.

"If the job hopping trend continues we will have a nation of short termers.

Organisations will suffer stability-wise. Companies will have to review policies on intellectual capital and confidentially controls. Loyalty is a big issue employers will have to address."

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