Most Workers Feel Underutilized in Their Jobs

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ (January 29, 2013) – Sixty-two percent of workers feel that their skills are often underutilized, according to a survey by career transition and talent development consulting firm Lee Hecht Harrison.
In January 2013, Lee Hecht Harrison surveyed 384 workers throughout the U.S. via an online poll asking, “Do you feel underutilized in your job?” The results were as follows:

Kristen Leverone, Senior Vice President, Global Talent Development Practice Leader for Lee Hecht Harrison, stated, “The majority of workers believe that the skills they bring to the table are not being used to the fullest. Employees who feel unchallenged or bored by their work are flight risks.  And given improving economic conditions, workers will begin exploring new career prospects if they don’t see opportunities to maximize their potential."
Leverone cautions, “The loss of talent threatens performance and business continuity. Every time an employee leaves an organization, a stream of knowledge and technical skill walks out the door, taking irreplaceable experience to other companies – possibly competitors.”  Leverone offered that innovative organizations are empowering employees to take ownership of their careers.  “Companies start by helping employees build relationships across the organization – creating an ‘internal’ network.  Through their internal networks, employees are encouraged to identify mentors, expand their knowledge, develop skills or learn about new projects or roles.  This gives our best and brightest a greater opportunity to add value and contribute to the success of the organization.”
About Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH)
Lee Hecht Harrison ( is the global talent development leader. We connect people to jobs through innovative career transition services and help individuals improve performance through career and leadership development.  LHH assists organizations in supporting restructuring efforts, developing leaders at all levels, engaging and retaining critical talent, and maintaining productivity through change – helping organizations increase profitability by maximizing their return on investment in developing people, while assisting individuals to achieve their full potential.
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