New global research from Accenture, titled "The Path Forward," has found that despite being dissatisfied with their jobs, the majority of professionals plan to stay with their current employers.
More than half of both the women and men surveyed (57 percent and 59 percent, respectively) are dissatisfied with their jobs.
Despite their current job dissatisfaction, more than two-thirds (69 percent) of all respondents said they do not plan to leave their current employers, with nearly the same number (64 percent) citing flexible work arrangements as the reason for staying put.
When asked about the greatest barrier to their career advancement, respondents cited a lack of opportunity or a clear career path twice as often as they cited family responsibilities (42 percent vs. 20 percent), while almost one-third (32 percent) cited no barriers to their advancement.
At the same time, most respondents said they are taking a variety of steps to actively manage their careers -- including accepting a different role or responsibility (cited by 58 percent of respondents), receiving more education or training (46 percent), and working longer hours (36 percent).
"Despite current challenges, employees are still striving for success -- and energized, engaged employees remain a competitive advantage," said Adrian Lajtha, Accenture's chief leadership officer. "Since the majority of today's professionals are not job hunting, leading companies must capitalize on this moment in time to equip their people with clearly defined career paths that include innovative training, leadership development and opportunities for advancement."