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Survey: Improved economy will mean high job turnover

"Take This Job and Shove It,” the popular Johnny Paycheck song that became the mantra of beleaguered workers in the 1970s, could be pressed into service again when the economy improves. 

Employee discontent is high; so when the job market starts growing, workers will jump ship in droves to other companies, according to a survey by Right Management, a career-management firm and division of the staffing company Manpower Inc. 

More than 80 percent of workers are leaning toward changing companies: 60 percent said they intend to leave, and 21 percent said they might and were networking.

“While employers may have taken the necessary steps to streamline operations to remain viable, it appears many employees may have felt neglected in the process,” said Ed Witherell, market vice president for New York. “The result is a disengaged and disgruntled workforce.”

As for the remaining respondents, 6 percent said they weren’t likely to pursue a new job but had updated their resume anyway, and 13 percent said they intended to stay put.

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