Report Update: Job-Hunting during Low-Morale Experiences – Part 1 (April 2023)

In March 2021 I shared an update of my ongoing data collection project on how job-hunting is impacted by low-morale experiences. Specifically, the survey explores the impact and outcomes of the job-seeking process while also dealing with the cognitive, mental, emotional, and physical health tolls of workplace abuse and neglect.  You may also review the initial quantitative data released in Spring 2020.

Here are the quantitative results of the report, which reflects 199 responses:

  • 97% are currently experiencing workplace abuse/neglect (low morale);
  • 42% indicate their low-morale experience has lasted between 1 -3 years;
  • 67% are currently looking for a new job as a result of their low-morale experience;
  • 81% are searching for work in other libraries;
  • Those who haven’t yet started looking note the following concerns:
    • 84%: presence of workplace dysfunction or low morale at potential workplaces
    • 69%: salary
    • 65%: labor of job searching (e.g., writing cover letters, updating resumes, gathering references)
    • 55% relocation
    • 52% distance (commute)
  • Of those who have been looking for work, 69% have had between 0 and 3 interviews.

Part 2 will share qualitative results. This survey remains open, and I will continue reporting results periodically. 


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